Tommy Calvert, Byron Miller's runoff press officer, has coined the nickname Poison Ivy for their June 13 opponent, which is one sign that they're taking their challenger very seriously despite a 10-point lead at the polls in the general election last month.
At first, it seemed all things were swinging Byron, despite charges from general-election opponent Ron Wright that Miller doesn't live in his home-office at Paso Hondo, but with his ex-wife Monica, just outside the boundaries of District 2. Dan Martinez, who finished third behind Ivy Taylor and is well-known for his involvement with the San Antonio Crime Coalition and the Eastern Triangle plan, threw his support to Miller and talked openly of a role in Miller's "administration," or perhaps on the powerful Planning Commission.
But Taylor's campaign seems to be picking up momentum during this early-voting window. The San Antonio AFL-CIO is holding a press conference at 10:45 a.m. tomorrow to announce its endorsement of the former City staffer, and the Deputy Constables Association of BexarCo and the Associated General Contractors of SA have also endorsed her.
Of course, a Calvert in your corner is no small thing, and Tommy Calvert says his support for Miller is based on what he believes will be Miller's more aggressive pursuit of government incentives and investments to leverage Fort Sam's BRAC expansion into an Eastside renaissance.
So, Calvert's come out swinging, accusing Taylor of pursuing the residency issue (although it was Wright, not Taylor, who brought it to the press in January and filed an ethics complaint) to cover her own recent arrival in the district. But Miller continues to dance around this very legitimate question: does he actually live in the district he's running to represent? He's registered to vote at the Paso Hondo house, which is apparently good enough for the City Clerk, but certainly doesn't meet the spirit of the law. He and Monica have by all accounts reconciled, and Miller has twice refused to show the Current his domestic space at his rental house in D2. A May 23 press release is a masterful example of the duck and jab strategy he's pursued on this issue. First he asks his opponent to prove he has a title or a utility bill outside D2 (beside the point; he could own half of San Antonio as long as he resides in D2). Then he notes that "Millerís wife lives in Woodlake, a subdivision any long-time district 2 resident understands is almost entirely in District 2 except for a few blocks." (Nice move, but the house itself needs to be in the District; not just most of the subdivision in which its located.) And just in case you're not buying that, he reminds us that, "For the good of the Miller children, family, and their relationship they decided to maintain separate residences." Finally, for good measure he scolds Taylor for dragging his family into the fray.
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