Here’s the full press release that just came across from Ron Natinsky’s campaign:
DALLAS (May 20, 2011) — After much consideration, Ron Natinsky today announced his endorsement of Mike Rawlings for Dallas mayor in the run-off election being held June 18.
“Mike Rawlings is a visionary leader who has the skills to put the team together to keep our citizens safe, to provide quality city services while protecting our taxpayers,” said Natinsky. “Mike will help move Dallas forward. He understands that economic development and jobs — especially in the Southern Sector — are critical if we want to maintain and improve our quality of life.
Natinsky also supports Rawlings’ commitment to public education. He has pledged to work with and campaign for Rawlings in the coming weeks.
Natinsky opened the news conference by thanking his supporters and expressing appreciation to all those who worked on his campaign.
“Ron Natinsky is a man of incredible integrity who loves Dallas and has been a great leader for our city,” said Rawlings. “He has an extremely strong business background — especially in the international arena – which will be invaluable as we work to achieve our economic development goals for all of Dallas. I’m very honored to have Ron standing with me and plan to engage him as we move the city forward.”
From an LGBT perspective, it’s interesting that Natinsky, who was endorsed by the Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance, has endorsed Rawlings, the subject of a warning by DGLA.
Natinsky announced his endorsement of Rawlings prior to the first public forum of the runoff between Rawlings and David Kunkle, at the Adolphus Hotel this morning. Speaking of which, we’re hosting the second one.