WorldPeace the only true Democrat
The following article leaves no doubt as to who is the only Democrat
running for governor. Marty and Tony need to go back to the Republican
party. They were given a chance to do the right thing, the moral thing,
the Democratic thing and join WorldPeace in bringing down the
Confederate flag and yet they remained true to their Republican roots
and did nothing.
I call upon all real Democrats to board the WorldPeace Train to not only
make Texas a greater state but a Democratic state.
The following article proves that anything Tony, Perry or Sanchez do to
criticize my campaign will be reported as a disavowal of WorldPeace by
the press and media. No one can craft a negative campaign against
WorldPeace. Think about it and board the WorldPeace Train. Together we
make Texas the brightest star in the Union.
God Bless Texas
August 18, 2001
Aug. 17, 2001, 10:21PM
Bell Disavows World Peace Endorsement
Candidate says phone solicitation unwelcome
By DON MASON
Copyright 2001 Houston Chronicle Political Editor
Mayoral candidate Chris Bell demanded Friday that a supporter, Houston
lawyer John WorldPeace, stop soliciting votes for Bell in an automated
phone message promoting WorldPeace as a gubernatorial candidate.
"Mr. WorldPeace has never approached any member of my campaign to
discuss this, and I've asked him to immediately stop," said Bell, a city
WorldPeace, who changed his name from Kenneth Wolter in 1988, has said
he intends to seek the Democratic nomination for governor.
He has sent automated phone messages to thousands of area households.
His campaign manager, Dan Kerr, said the recent telephone message did
not specifically endorse Bell but suggested him as an alternative to
Mayor Lee Brown, whom Kerr and WorldPeace oppose.
Kerr provided a script of the message, which includes the statement, "I
am asking you to vote for Kurtyce Cole for councilman District B and for
Chris Bell for mayor."
Cole is challenging Councilwoman Carol Mims Galloway.
Kerr said the message was still in use Friday, and that he knew of no
plans to change it.
"Certainly I'll have to talk to Mr. WorldPeace, but I haven't heard that
he's willing to modify anything," Kerr said.
WorldPeace could not be reached for comment.
According to the script, WorldPeace begins the message by saying that as
governor he would sign an executive order prohibiting the Confederate
flag from flying in publicly funded places in Texas because it
"represents a horrific immorality and extreme cruelty of 300 years of
slavery in America."
WorldPeace later contends that Brown, a black, has neglected the black
community in his four years as mayor.
Bell wrote WorldPeace that he does not want to be associated with "your
racial diatribes." Bell and WorldPeace are white.
Kerr said the message contains no racist message.
"There's no way it could be construed as racist in any way, shape or
form except to people who fly the rebel flag," he said.
Bell's spokeswoman, Nancy Sims, acknowledged that neither she nor Bell
had heard the message.
"Our supporters are taking the message as having racial overtones and
are complaining to us about our being associated with it," Sims said.
"I'm comfortable getting it clarified for our supporters that in any
case this is not something we are party to or pushing."
In his letter to WorldPeace, Bell suggested that the messages
constituted reportable campaign contributions to him.
"While the First Amendment allows you to endorse whomever you desire,
campaign ethics laws prevent you from spending money on my behalf
without informing me," Bell wrote. "Furthermore, these expenditures must
Kerr said, however, that the messages were delivered on WorldPeace's
behalf, not Bell's, and did not constitute an in-kind contribution to
Kerr's business, OneNet, sells a service that sends automatically
dialed, prerecorded phone messages on behalf of businesses, political
campaigns and other groups.
He said he began sending messages recorded by WorldPeace in January,
mostly to households in Harris County but occasionally to Dallas, Fort
Worth and Austin.
Kerr has said he developed a dislike for Brown while working against a
1999 proposal to build a downtown arena.
The arena plan, which Brown supported, was defeated at the polls that
year but won voter approval last year.