Leppert goes 'RonKirk', denies Hunt committee leadership positions

By DAVE LEVINTHAL / The Dallas Morning News

Official headline - Leppert shuts Hunt out of leadership

Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert isn't giving District 14 City Council member Angela Hunt any more power than he must, declining to name her chairwoman or vice chairwoman of any of the seven council committees he established Tuesday.

Ms. Hunt, a two-term council representative who last session served as vice chairwoman of the body's quality of life committee, is the only member of the 2007-09 council to whom Mr. Leppert did not grant a coveted chairmanship or vice chairmanship.

But former council member Donna Blumer said she's "very disappointed that the mayor I supported would resort to such petty tactics."

"It's purposeful that he didn't put her where her expertise is," said Ms. Blumer, who supports Ms. Hunt's Trinity efforts. "He's trying to limit her influence, and it reflects poorly on him."

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By Avi S. Adelman under Dallas City Council , Dallas City Hall