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Dr. David Smith on Dan McQueen’s mayoral campaign

Posted at 5:52 PM, Aug 28, 2018

Dan McQueen’s short stint in office and resignation cost taxpayers nearly $225,000.

Local political expert Dr. David Smith spoke about the potential impact his political baggage could have on voters at the polls.

“The way in which he resigned his office is going to stick with people, especially those that didn’t know him and voted for him on a chance, in a prospective manner to see what he can do for us. Now they know,” said Smith, a professor of political science at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

Smith said voters may be less willing to consider a political outsider again. Instead, he said they might be more comfortable with familiar candidates.

“In the special election, we saw Joe McComb win as the mayoral candidate,” Smith said. “They went with someone they had experience with who had political experience. I think that lessens the chance for an outsider in the future.”

KRIS 6 News contacted McQueen Monday and Tuesday for comment and did not hear back.