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John Wiley Price uses Carly Simon to call Dallas County Democratic Party chairwoman ‘vain’

The county commissioner chides Kristy Noble for a door hanger with her image; Noble says it’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing.’

Commissioner John Wiley Price

Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price speaks during a Dallas County Commissioners Court meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, in Dallas.(Elias Valverde II / Staff Photographer)


Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price this week accused local Democratic Party Chairwoman Kristy Noble of being too vain to properly turn out voters in communities of color.

In a letter to Noble dated Sept. 13, Price channeled singer Carly Simon in criticizing Noble’s get-out-the-vote efforts. He also blasted her for not calling for the ouster of an “inept” Dallas County elections administrator, Michael Scarpello.

“You may be too young to remember, but there was a 1972 hit by Carly Simon entitled you’re so vain,” Price wrote. “It’s hard to believe it’s been 50 years! The opening line and the song’s course epitomize my sentiments regarding your control of the Dallas Democratic Party.”

At issue is a campaign door hanger the Dallas County Democratic Party produced and distributed to voters in Price’s district. The longtime commissioner is bothered that Noble used an image of herself on the material, along with Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic Party nominee for governor against Republican incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott.

“There have been scores of skirmishes that you and I have survived. However, for you to have the nerve to send a door hanger in this community with Beto on one side and you on the other is the vainest deed I’ve ever seen,” he wrote. “My community knows little or nothing about you. I cannot believe that you deferred to self-promotion and self-aggrandizement.”
Noble defended the party Wednesday and said she looks forward to working with Price. She also name-dropped a song, as well as a Shakespearean drama.
“Shakespeare wrote ‘Much Ado About Nothing,’ and Randy Newman sang, ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me,’“ Noble said in a statement. “I’m not exactly sure if Commissioner Price is referring to his community as the people in his district, Dallas County, or Black voters. Either way, he does not seem to have the full picture of our outreach program.

The Dallas County Democratic Party distributed campaign door hangers in southern Dallas County with images of candidate for governor Beto O’Rourke and Party Chairwoman Kristy Noble.

Noble added that the door hanger is one of several being distributed to voters.

“This particular piece is a Welcome to the Party piece making a personal connection to voters throughout the county that have been overlooked in previous cycles with different party leadership on different versions,” she said. “We are creating a Democratic Party that is going to be present 365 days a year, election cycle after election cycle.”

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