Rafael Anchia Liberally Drops Names
I just returned to the office after attending the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Education Update, where one of the speakers was state Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-East Kessler Park. This was the first time I’d heard Anchia address a crowd from a podium, and two things struck me about his speaking style.
1. He can whip out a momentary Latino accent that would make Gloria Campos’ corazon swell with pride.
2. He has a habit of dropping the names of certain audience members into the middle of sentences that have nothing to do with them. For example, he’ll say, “The real problem with school finance, Dan Koller, is that a district like El Paso …”
I made up that example, because mine was not one of the names he used. But it is an effective way of holding an audience’s attention. Because he might have called me out by name, I didn’t look at my phone during his speech nearly as much as I would have otherwise.
Despite the time I spent fiddling with my phone, I’ll have a full wrap-up of points made by Anchia and DISD Superintendent Mike Miles in next week’s paper.