DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – It’s the politician versus the pastor for a congressional district that dominates southern Dallas.
Eddie Bernice Johnson and Stephen Broden aren’t doing much talking to the media leading up to the vote. Despite their lack of comment, some voters have plenty to say.
From downtown Dallas, to the southern suburbs of Dallas County, more than half a million people live in Texas’ 30th congressional district. Eighty percent of those residents are African American or Hispanic.
The current representative for the district is democrat Eddie Bernice Johnson. Her republican opponent is Tea Party conservative Stephen Broden.
Despite a campaign littered with the inappropriate allotment of scholarship money to her own family members by Johnson and inflammatory statements, such as endorsing violence against the government, from Broden, the controversies appear to cast little concern from voters in the district.
“I think in most situations, if you dug deep enough with most politicians, you’re going to find something,” said Oak Cliff resident Billy Wade.
Wade is supporting Congresswoman Johnson.
Clyde Swann, 63, lives in south Dallas. “If I had an option, it would’ve been someone other than Ms. Johnson. But this other fellow you speak of, I’m not aware of him,” he said.
Dallas journalist and radio talk show host Cheryl Smith stays tapped into the beat of southern Dallas County life. “You hear a little bit about Congresswoman Johnson, but folks are saying ‘look at her record of 17 years in Washington, and over 20 years prior to that in Austin’,” explained Smith.
Broden’s political base is apparently outside the congressional district he wants to represent. There aren’t many Tea Party supporters in the 30th district. As for Johnson, her base may not be very motivated for mid-term elections.
Carrie Aguilar lives in downtown Dallas and says, “I really haven’t paid much attention to anything going on now.” She, like so many others, may live in the 30th district but spends little time watching the campaign or the two people at the center of it.
October 29 is the final day to vote early. The polls close at 7 p.m. The election is November 2.