White’s busi­ness deal­ings

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

We’ve been in­un­dated with petty, stale crit­i­cism over the tem­po­rary res­i­dence of Gov. Rick Perry. It’s a travesty the me­dia, in­clud­ing this paper, fo­cus on the ir­rel­e­vant while keep­ing us in the dark by avoid­ing im­por­tant is­sues of ethics and char­ac­ter.

Where’s the full story on Bill White’s failed Fron­tera Re­sources oil scheme, his con­nec­tions with the Wedge Group, the mil­lions made from BJ Ser­vices while mayor and the al­leged “dis­as­ter prof­i­teer­ing” deals to BTEC?

Con­trary to Ben Sar­gent’s snide car­toon on June 27, the im­ped­i­ment to de­bate has been White’s re­fusal to fully dis­close his tax re­turns. Given his myr­iad ques­tion­able deal­ings, it’s un­der­stand­able why White might not want sun­light on his ac­tiv­i­ties. Roger Falk

Austin

edi­tor’s note: the amer­i­can-states­man has had sub­stan­tial cov­er­age of demo­cratic gu­ber­na­to­rial can­di­date bill White’s busi­ness deal­ings:

Fron­tera: May 16 PolitiFact texas ‘holes in Perry’s pic­ture of White’s Caspian deal­ings’

Wedge group: June 21 ar­ti­cle ‘White hits Perry on lead­er­ship, life­style’ and Feb. 3 ar­ti­cle ‘White’s ca­reer in­cor­po­rates law, busi­ness and govern­ment’

BJ Ser­vices: Feb. 23 PolitiFact texas ar­ti­cle ‘Value of White’s oil in­vest­ments not a “ma­jor stake” ’

in ad­di­tion, four ar­ti­cles in June ad­dressed the ‘prof­i­teer­ing’ is­sue and BTEC.

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