Senate candidate Alameel spends his money, speaks his mind

06/27/2014 6:50 PM

06/27/2014 6:51 PM

Waiting for straight talk from a Democrat about Iraq and about sealing the Mexico border?

Do I ever have a candidate for you.

If Dallas dentist David Alameel had run as a Republican, he might be on his way to the U.S. Senate.

As it is, he is an outspoken maverick millionaire spending his own money to run as a Democrat, and speaking his mind along the way.

At a state party convention meant to showcase state candidates Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte, Alameel surprised reporters Friday by straying from party doctrine on the Texas-Mexico border.

“We have to drive home the message that another 100,000 children can’t walk in across the border,” he said, saying it’s “big business” and drug cartels that are sending children north and collecting $7,000 per child.

Alameel, born in Israel to a Lebanese family but married young into a family from Zacatecas, said the U.S. could seal the border “within 24 hours” if we wanted, and if we don’t, the calls for immigration reform lack credibility.

“Who’s to say that if we pass immigration reform for the people who are here,” he asked, “then in the next 10 years. another 20 million won’t come?”

Asked if his views match the party’s, Alameel said, “These are my views.”

The arrival of Central American children is an organized “political game” in Mexico, he said.

“How else can 100,000 children manage to travel across a continent?”

Earlier, Alameel stirred the party’s veterans caucus, mocking U.S. Sen. John Cornyn’s 1970 student draft deferment. Alameel earned 93 hours of college credit while in the U.S. Army in San Antonio, he said.

Ten years ago, the Alameels were $15,000-plus Cornyn campaign contrubutors. But Friday, according to the Austin American-Statesman, Alameel said Cornyn “refused to serve — he sent a letter, ‘I can’t serve because I’m simply going to go to college’.”

“Millions” of fellow soldiers “would have liked to dodge the draft and go to college,” Alameel told reporters, adding, “I don’t think [Cornyn] has a clue about how much veterans are affected by war.”

Then, Alameel says he wants the U.S. to stay out of war in the Middle East.

Using Texas talk, Alameel said the region’s dictator “sheriffs” have been overthrown in favor of civil unrest and “the ‘bad boys’ that used to keep the peace are no longer in place.”

“We unleashed the Muslim Brotherhood,” he said. “Now we have all this turmoil.”

Instead of siding with one faction and then the other, America should send troops only “if we define our policy, not as a knee-jerk reaction,” he said.

“But the Republicans have never found a war they didn’t like.”

A few might like Alameel.

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