Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, rumored to be mulling a run for Congress if Eddie Bernice Johnson ever retires, told some citizens to “go to hell” during a commission meeting today. He also worked in a racial shot.
Six citizens addressed the court. All of them talked about the recent controversial departure of county Elections Administrator Bruce Sherbet. Sherbet, who was the Elections Administrator for 24 years, said he felt Price and Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins forced him out.
The last public speaker at Tuesday’s meeting, Jeff Turner, began by stating that he would refer to “a certain member of the court” — Price — as “the chief moolah of Dallas County.”
Court rules state that public speakers may not address individual commissioners by name.
As Turner spoke, he continued to call Price “chief moolah.” Price interrupted Turner several times, yelling at him, “don’t call me chief moolah” and “call me by my name.”
Turner continued speaking, ignoring Price’s ongoing interruptions.
When Turner finished, Price looked at him and the five other citizens who addressed the court. Price said to them, “All of you are white. Go to hell!”
Commissioner Price first achieved national prominence when he made a racial issue out of the scientific term “black hole” back in 2008.