12.28.2011

"Your story is not believable."


I just gave a passing glance to the story that Citibank was suing Dallas DA Craig Watson for $15,000 in credit card debt. Yep, credit card. Then I saw Watkins explanation on the Dallas Observer website.


Before Watkins became district attorney in 2007, his private law practice, bail bond company and real estate title company jointly ensured that his wallet was padded. His paycheck was relatively large, he says, and his lifestyle included proportional luxuries. He and his wife invested heavily in real estate. The $15,000 he owes Citibank was pocket change back then, he says, but things changed when he was elected district attorney.
 His salary was slashed, and the real estate market took a nose-dive faster than his and his family's lifestyle could adjust. "I had three strings of income which are gone," Watkins says. "My lifestyle at the time correlated with those strings of income."


Baloney. Your lifestyle was disproportionate to your income. That's how you ended up with $15,000 in credit card debt.

Watkins was a spare defense lawyer in Dallas when he ran for DA on the Democratic ticket in 2006.  In still one of the most shocking elections of all time, every incumbent Republican in Dallas County was thrown out of their county wide office and every Democrat won.  For example, there were 41 county judicial races that all became Democrat. The DAs race was no different. Watson was no Super Lawyer with a big political machine behind him. It was demographics.

And, of course, he wouldn't have thrown his hat in the ring for his now paltry salary of ..........wait for it.......$187,666 a year (before perks.)  And how's he supposed to pay off $15,000 after he has been in office for five years?

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Maybe he should have entered into a contingency fee arrangement for all those men who were wrongfully convicted and are being compensated for the time spent incarcerated.

Anonymous said...

If you live in Dallas county, move..

Anonymous said...

I've heard of "streams" of income. "Strings" is a new concept to me. Maybe it's a lawyer or some other demographic group thing.....

Gary the Graboid said...

Wasn't there a LL posting about Watkins having a $100k Mercedes stolen from his house a while back?

Anonymous said...

I wonder how much those tricked wheels on his SUV cost?

Anonymous said...

Nig is as Nig does.

DF Forrest Gump

Anonymous said...

Let this be a lesson in liberal weenieism.

Anonymous said...

I guess they have affirmative action quotas for Law school too.

Anonymous said...

The guy just looks shady. I'm surprised he didn't run a used car lot too.

Anonymous said...

Watson and Obama must be using the same financial advisor.

ratherbesailin' said...

Once again i am in the unusual position of agreeing with your remarks. This time regarding the Dallas DA, Watkins.
From J. W. Price on there have been way too many snakes in Dallas County politics. Still are.
I have moaned for years about the travesty of judges being elected by political party instead of ability and experience.
I was born and reared in Dallas but now won't even go there.

Anonymous said...

If this man was white the comments would be different.

Anonymous said...

Black people and math never seems to work out!

Anonymous said...

We're you perfect when you were A Democratic DA? Not ideal but not a disqualifier

Anonymous said...

Oh, I hope I'm reading sarcasm in your last paragraph!

Anonymous said...

Darn! Now I know what my problem is. I've worked all these years to increase my income "streams" when all along I should have been focusing on increasing my income "strings."

Anonymous said...

Nig to da Bone.

Anonymous said...

As they say at Railhead BQ in Ft. Worth, "Life is too short to live in Dallas."

Anonymous said...

That's how day roll Barry, that's how day roll.

Anonymous said...

remember all the stories about the voter fraud in dallas this is why a voter i.d. bill is a must