It’s ironic how incomplete information can paint a convoluted picture. And that’s precisely what has happened. A local newspaper has drawn a skewed version of a past event I attended, which has created a false impression. I’ve called this press conference so we can clean up this misunderstanding by presenting the truth.
On September 11, 2005, I was invited as an honored guest at “Unity Day USA”, a celebration including people of diverse faith, race, ethnicity, culture and background. The purpose for this event was to “pray for peace, healing, unity and security.” Participating in this special event were religious leaders of seven major faiths: Bahai, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh and Zoroastrian. Additionally, amongst those in attendance were a varied group of civic and governmental dignitaries: Richard Sombrano, Dept. of Justice, Guadalupe Gonzales, FBI Chief, Mary Ann Thompson, Philanthropist, Dr. Hobson Wiledenthal, Provost at University of Texas at Dallas, Pat Evans, Mayor of Plano, Mike Simpson, Mayor of Frisco, Terry Simmons, Councilman (Carrollton), and Bob Townsend, Councilman (Richardson).
To infer that by attending “Unity Day USA”, I was supporting any one group, to the detriment of any other group(s), is nothing short of udicrous! As the mayor of Addison, I did exactly what I will continue to do once I’m elected to Congress…and that is faithfully uphold the Constitution and represent each of my constituents. I respect, and honor every American citizen…without prejudice for, nor discrimination against any person. I am a true student of the Constitution; I continually study and refer to the Constitution for direction. The First Amendment offers solid guidance for situations such as this action called into question.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;
or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
The First Amendment makes it clear…all public servants are required to represent every constituent, regardless of his/her religious affiliations. My personal life, as well as my life in public service, is governed by integrity. I do what I promise. That’s how I’ve earned, built and retained the trust of those I have served. When I took the oath to serve as Mayor to the great city of Addison, I committed to serve every citizen…with honesty and diligence…without partiality. Ethnicity, national heritage, socio-economic position or religious affiliations have never, nor will they ever compromise my dedication to serve those entrusted into my care.
Yes, I kept my promise…and will continue to do so….by representing all of my constituents…fairly and with equal regard.
Thank you and God bless you.