From the editorial board of the Dallas News:
This newspaper recommended Vickers Cunningham for the Precinct 2 seat on the Dallas County Commissioners Court because we felt the former state district judge’s career left him best prepared for the job.
However, recent developments have caused us to reconsider, and we are withdrawing our recommendation of Cunningham. That decision is based on several pieces of information that have come to light in the final days of this campaign, in which Cunningham is competing against lawyer and businessman J.J. Koch.
In 2010, Cunningham established a living trust for his children, the terms of which suggest a personal problem with diversity. The trust provides financial distributions to his children if they reach certain milestones, including marriage to someone who is white, Christian and of the opposite sex.
Additionally, Cunningham’s estranged brother, Bill, told this newspaper that his brother has used the N-word for years, a claim echoed by Amanda Tackett, a former D magazine writer who is close to Bill Cunningham and worked on Vickers Cunningham’s 2006 campaign for Dallas County district attorney.
Cunningham denies having used the N-word (watch him waffle below) and says his views on interracial marriage have changed since his son became involved with a woman of Vietnamese descent. He also claims he cannot change the trust for his children.