Dallas Mayor Resigns

SMU Political Science Professor Cal Jillson talks about Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert stepping down and Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway moving into the mayor's office.

By B J Austin

DALLAS, TX (KERA) - Tom Leppert is resigning as Mayor of Dallas effective at five o'clock Friday. KERA's BJ Austin says Leppert hinted at a run for the U.S. Senate, but did not make it official as he said goodbye to council colleagues. . .

Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway moves into the Mayor's office. Caraway was recently criticized for giving NFL Quarterback Michael Vick a key to the city during Super Bowl week. Some objected to the honor for Vick, who went to prison for running an illegal dog fighting ring - and called for Caraway to resign as Mayor Pro Tem. Caraway says he was recognizing Vick's good work with kids since his release from prison.

Cal Jillson, political scientist at SMU, thinks the key-to-the-city issue will fade.

Jillson: I think some of that concern is overblown because Caraway will be very careful during his period as Mayor.

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