Saturday, February 17, 2018

Sexism Hits Probate Court Race

Pretty dramatic image huh?

I did it to make a point about how if you alter a perspective, anyone can look bad.

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, it really surprises me that a white male candidate would attack a woman of color on the campaign trail, but apparently Darron Powell isn't at all concerned.

Word around the courthouse was everything was just fine between Powell and the probate court judge Patricia Chew until Powell had a ruling against him that he didn't like. Then he chose to make it personal and filed to run against her.

Once he filed then things got ugly. He started gunning or her basically right out of the gate. Now I'm not one to be shy about a negative message. An issues-based negative message is an effective message.

But if all you're doing is throwing bombs, well eventually you're gonna lose a few fingers.

I found in my mailbox today, a piece from Powell. He has now resorted to going after Judge Chew's personal life.

Thats not a negative message, that is personal. And there is no place for personal assaults like that in El Paso politics. Can you be a male candidate and go negative against a woman? Sure, if you do it exactly right and get some help along the way, it can be done.

But that isn't negative, its ugly.

Powell has been trying to leverage several half-truths and allegations. I looked in to what he says and most of it comes up as nothing. But since the get-go he has been trying to target a staffer in a creepy way.

Now he's gone completely over the edge and called Judge Chew a home wrecker. And that is some sexist BS if I ever saw it. Why? Because male candidates are never judged by their sex life, lack of sex life, or exploits. That is something that is unique to women and its shameful that Powell raised the issue.

Who a judge sleeps with, or doesn't, is none of our business and entirely unrelated to the performance of their job. Powell could have continued to raise his message without having the need to include a personal attack of that nature. But he did so because this is personal to him.

The reality is we as a community need to reject tactics like that. As Jerome Tilghman says, politics doesn't shape our character, it reveals it. Powell doesn't just make a sharp policy critique, he makes an attack on personal life.

And he attacks people who aren't the candidate. That is when you know you are dealing with a flawed individual when they attack people are not the candidate. There is no reason, nor practical advantage to doing so, it just shows the flaws in their humanity.

For a guy who is allegedly facing a lawsuit for breach of fiduciary duty, he might want to stop throwing rocks inside that glass house he lives in.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Alyssa Perez & CLEAT Website

So as you know Alyssa Perez has this issue hanging over her head that has taken her off the bench until there is an opinion from the County Attorney's Office given to the Council of Judges on a possible conflict of interest.

At issue is Perez being an attorney for CLEAT, an attorney in private practice taking indigent defense cases, and being a part-time fill-in jail magistrate.

So I have been getting a lot of feed back from the courthouse about this issue - and still have yet to hear from a single person who thinks its no big deal - and several have mentioned that the have never heard of a CLEAT lawyer also taking cases.

Well there might very well be a reason they have never heard of that. If you look at the CLEAT website they tout some interesting things about their attorneys.

You can click this link to read the entire page, but they pretty clearly state that CLEAT lawyers only work for members.

"CLEAT attorneys specialize in working only for Texas law enforcement personnel."

Note the use of the word, "only".

And they are pretty emphatic about it too.

"When our members need help, we don’t want them to go to the back of the line waiting for an attorney to bail out a crack dealer or finish up a divorce case."
So its unclear if they know that Perez is taking other cases or if they even have a problem with it at all. It may not be an issue for them at all, but if it isn't an issue for them - them they might want to remove a few things on their website. 

Most notably lines like this:

"The founders of CLEAT wanted lawyers working just for Texas officers and that has been the extraordinary model of success for more than 40 years."

Truth, Integrity & Character - The Norma Chavez Story

I attended what is probably the last debate of the campaign season last night, save for KVIA tapings today, because I had a feeling that if the proverbial stuff was gonna hit the fan, it would be at the last debate.

And it didn't disappoint. there is plenty to talk about that I'll get to in another post, but I want to zero in on former State Representative Norma Chavez and her comments in the closing segment.

First, these candidates have to realize that they have to really hope there is a run-off. Apparently none of them have ever taken Politics 101 but one of them has to make it into a run-off and not a single one of them, other than Dori, is smart enough to set themselves up as a viable #2 option.

Why?

Because of emotion. Most of them know they are losing and at this point are throwing haymakers hoping to land something big.

Ultimately Norma will go down, much like her political career, as the biggest disappointment of all because she's not thinking strategically, which is not a shocker if you know Norma. This, as it has from day one, has been all about a personal vendetta for Norma. If her and Garcia were smart, they would have went after Fenenbock to try to sew up that number two spot and then see what happens if they pull Escobar into a run off.

But that didn't happen and now people are just kinda waiting around to figure out what the over-under is before Chavez pulls a Mariana Chew and ends up in a Republican commercial for the general election.

Chavez, who started off the race with a strategy of being the elder stateswoman because she was trying to look like the mature, qualified, candidate who had learned from her previous mistakes, has apparently abandoned that strategy in favor of crazy town. Now it is back to the old school, win-at-all-costs, bully Norma Chavez.

I, along with many others, was encouraged and kinda rooting for, the "New Norma". Although we all kinda were waiting around for the "real Norma" to show up again and well, she didn't disappoint.

So to get to the point of what Chavez said last night that I found so interesting, she went after Escobar in her closing and mentioned that when it comes to someone's public political record that truth, integrity, and character are important.

If you know Norma, then you know that she is the last person that should have the audacity to talk about any of those three things.

First, truth. Norma has been putting up this false front of being changed and reformed and having learned from the past.

No she hasn't.

She's the same ol' Norma, only in better shape and minus an entourage. She acknowledged making mistakes in the past and said probably the biggest lie I've heard this election cycle, not told by Dori Fenenbock or a JP candidate...that her mistakes never cost this community money.

Her mistakes and behavior as a legislator have probably cost this community more money than any other single elected official. I can sum (see what I did there?) up what she cost this community up in one word, "gaming".

Integrity?

This is the state representative who was taking money from the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo to pass a gaming bill and also taking money from a tribe who was trying to kill gaming in Texas.

That's not integrity and there is no explaining that away.

And character?

For those of you who are new around here, or are new voters - this is the real Norma Chavez.



She now blows this off because she apologized for it. But she only apologized for it because every LGBTQ organization in the Lone Star State was up in arms about Chavez - a Democrat mind you - being so willing to win at all costs that she went after the sexuality of her opponent.

And her justification for "outing" her opponent, was that her opponent was allegedly "profiling" a biker. Now let me nip that bullshit in the bud because her apologists are just as bad as Norma for pretending that is even remotely justification.

First, there were several bikers that Norma planted in the audience because she believes they are her base. She had one stand up and ask about a particular bill. The idea was that Norma's opponent wouldn't know what the bill was it that was somehow going to make her look bad. I don't know, it was stupid then, its even more stupid now. Anywho, Norma's opponent said that she didn't know what the bill was, but judging by how the guy was dressed, it had something to do with motorcycles.

In Norma and her apologists mind, that was tantamount to calling them the "n" word.

But the reality was, it was a biker bill and the guy was a biker, so the hub bub was completely artificial. The point is, who the hell cares? Being a biker is an activity you choose to do. No one forces you. No one makes you do it. Its a recreational activity or mostly well-to-do people (bikes aren't cheap) and isn't something remotely akin to being LGBTQ.

Not even in the same universe. But that is STILL Norma's justification for outing her opponent.

But the reality is that is the real Norma Chavez.

Win at all costs.

No matter what damage it does to her, those around her....

...or this community.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Forma Forma'd Another Mailer

Forma is synonymous with two things - excellent negative mail, and often sending that mail to the wrong places.

Looks like it happened again. I was block walking near Bel Air High School today and I caught a glimpse of a negative piece they sent out against Commissioner Stout.

Honestly, it was a pretty effective piece. Quite impressive actually.

Too bad they sent the mail out of the district (again) and sent it to voters in Precinct 3.

Forma has struggled with mail for literally years. In a very close city council race, they once infamously sent out the last GOTV post to land on a Monday. Problem was, municipal elections were on Saturdays. So people got the mailer after the election was over and by then, Tania Chozet had already lost.

C'mon team, whats the point of great negative mail if you can't hit the right mail boxes with it?

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Truth Bombs for Fenenbock

I went to the We (Fill-in-the-Blank) debate last night and Dori Fenenbock said something that made me laugh.

In her closing she went after Judge Escobar and said that people deserve to know the truth.

Its pretty freaking ironic that someone like Dori Fenenbock has the nerve to talk about the truth.

Quick side bar: I really wish Escobar would stop trying to channel her inner Michelle Obama and the whole They-Go-Low, We-Go-High thing. She should stop allowing Fenenbock and her crew to say things about her that aren't true. She's been making it too easy for Fenenbock.

Michelle wasn't a candidate and we lost that election to the Republicans. There's a lesson there.

Anywho - lets actually talk about Dori Fenenbock and "the truth".

She's not very good at telling it.

She said a new whopper of a tale last night - she is now taking credit for "cleaning up corruption" at EPISD.

Here's a quick run down of things Fenenbock has said that aren't true:

***As an EPISD candidate she said she would control spending. She spearheaded the largest bond in the history of El Paso County.

***She said she implemented sanctuary schools in EPISD. That actually came about because of a Supreme Court ruling...in the 80's.

***Fenenbock has claimed to unite EPISD's board of trustees. Well it was a brand new board of trustees, there was no reason to be divided, until she put her political interests above her promise to voters to serve as a trustee.

***She's changed her story several times about her Republican voting history.

***She keeps calling herself a licensed attorney when she does not in fact, does not possess an active license to practice law anywhere in the United States.

***She said she wouldn't go to the Eastside Democrats debate because she didn't think it was fair that a moderator had made a contribution to Escobar - but participated in two debates at Democratic Clubs where the chair had already endorsed her before the organization made endorsements.

***Fenenbock claims "We have 92 schools in EPISD and I have been in homes of almost every family..." 3:40 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01flxWe0cn8

***Fenenbock's camp at one point allegedly claimed to have had the endorsement of the teacher unions in EPISD - that turned out to be untrue.

***Fenenbock has been talking about taxes being out of control while she's been on the campaign trail for this office, but while campaigning for the bond, actually sent an email to Cabrera saying that it was a "myth" that El Paso's taxes are high. 

***Claimed the Democratic Party "made" her a compañera, but actually it was something you purchase.

***She says she cleaned up corruption at EPISD, but she actually advocated for a dirty contract that was characterized as a "bid-rigging scheme".

Seriously, at this point she's about as unreliable with the truth as a Trump White House Press Secretary!

That last one is really bad. I hope she is asked about it in a forum soon. She's never really explained the vote and why she advocated for it.

I don't even understand how she can take credit for cleaning up corruption at EPISD when they went in after the Board of Managers. Unless she's calling the Board of Manager corrupt, which is weird because it was headed by Dee Margo.

Shocker, she personally contributed to Dee Margo.

Now go back and count all those lies. I didn't number them, specifically so you would go back and have to take note of each and every one.

We good?

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Attorney Asks for Contribution Back from Judicial Candidate

An attorney working in the County Attorney's Office, Amy Monsisvais, has asked Felix Castañon, judicial candidate for the 243rd Judicial District Court, for her money back.

Castañon says its political payback.

Monsisvais made a contribution to Castañon earlier this election cycle in his bid, who along with Selena Solis and Robert Ramos, are trying to unseat Judge Luis Aguilar. Aguilar has since purchased ads, but not spoken to media, indicating that he does not want people to vote for him and that he is not actively seeking the seat despite his name still being on the ballot.

Monsisvais said in a social media post that she was no longer supporting Castañon and laid out the reasons why.

In a phone interview she also indicated that she had reached out to Castañon's campaign team to ask for her money back. I don't recall a candidate being asked to return a contribution by the person who made the contribution in recent memory.

Here is part of what Monsisvais said in her social media post.
"During his campaign, Felix has criticized Judge Aguilar for engaging in disrespectful treatment of litigants in his courtroom (Watch "Felix Castañon ESD" on YouTube https://youtu.be/cHkGpfLnauc), and this was part of the basis of my grievance against Judge Aguilar. Felix, nevertheless, provided an affidavit to the Commission defending and supporting Judge Aguilar. The statements contained in Felix’s affidavit regarding my conduct were untrue and unsupported by the record. You can decide for yourself by obtaining a copy of the affidavit and record of the Commission’s proceedings, as I did, by filing a Public Information Act request at www.scjc.texas.gov."
Castañon says this is all a matter of political payback. 

The issue stems from a complaint that Monsisvais made against Judge Luis Aguilar for his treatment of her that day. Ultimately Judge Aguilar received a public reprimand from the State Commission on Judicial Conduct for a myriad of reasons, one of which being the way he treats people in his courtroom. It was not, however, related to Monsisvais' complaint. Her complaint was dismissed, which she says was the reason she FOIA'd the records regarding the complaint  

In response to her request, she obtained a copy of the affidavit submitted by Mr. Castañon in which he appears to defend the actions of Judge Aguilar. 

He says that in his recollection of the events that led up to Monsisvais' complaint against Aguilar, "She was unprofessional." And Castañon says "another attorney said the same thing, 'she was disrespectful'".

Castañon went on to say, "She says its not payback, but in her post, she doesn't mention the other attorney. This is a former colleague of hers."

Here is the affidavit from Castañon about his account of what transpired that day with Judge Aguilar.



"I disagree with a lot of judges, this one and GG, but when he tells you this is what it is, at some point you accept rulings. At some point, you accept rulings. Its part of being a lawyer in a court room."

However, Castañon later indicated that he only gave the affidavit under pressure from Judge Luis Aguilar. "You can imagine, I have to report to this court day after day."

Earlier in the interview Castañon gave this account of why he supplied the affidavit.

"The judge was on my ass and another public defender's ass to make a statement...he was like, 'give me an affidavit, you were there.' I kept putting off, kept putting off and it got to the point where I went to my boss, Jaime Gandara...He told me that they could compel my testimony..."

Castañon continued, "We try not go against judges. Because politically we have no political power. If we piss off a judge at the Public Defenders office, they can just take away our cases and you know, mess with us." 

The other attorney mentioned by Castañon gave an account that was somewhat similar to his.

However, Castañon's and the other attorney's account of what transpired that day in which Castañon appears to have defended Aguilar, differs greatly from the record taken by the court reporter in real time.




I asked Castañon why his account laid out in the affidavit didn't match what the court reporter recorded in real time. He responded, "yeah, thats my recollection. It happens in the court room. Recollections are different, but that is my recollection of what happened...They are trying to build a conspiracy, I wrote it like I remembered it."

During a candidate forum over the weekend, one of his opponents, Selena Solis was critical of the fact that Castañon was a public defender assigned to Aguilar's court, and he has been critical of Aguilar's conduct while on the campaign trail, yet never filed a complaint.

When Monsisvais saw video of Castañon's comments she said, "not only did he do nothing about it, he actually defended Aguilar in an affidavit".

Monday, February 12, 2018

Fenenbock's Answer to Republican Record

Next time you see a debate, I want you to notice something. Dori Fenenbock typically dodges her Republican voting record. Whenever she's asked about it, she usually says something along the lines of "I'm glad you asked that, because I get that questions a lot" and then proceeds to not actually answer the question.

She did it at the Tejano Dems event the over the weekend but she also did it at the Black El Paso Democrats event the other day as well.

Take a look for yourself:



Go back and look to every time she is asked about it. She ducks it lately, but the answer has actually changed. She's said everything from she voted Republican because they were candidates that she agreed with about Israel, to trying to influence the outcome of the GOP side of an election because El Paso is a safe seat.

If you take note of how the question was framed at the BEPD forum, you'll notice that they asked why she was so committed to the GOP back then and is running as a Democrat now. Interestingly she didn't push back on the premise of the question. She didn't deny being committed to the GOP, so that contradicts how she has framed her position of having voted to influence the outcome of the GOP race because El Paso is a safe Demo seat.

But here is the bottom line about Dori and her voting record. She asks people in this video to judge her on her record. So let's.

She loves to pat herself on the back for "volunteering" to serve on EPISD Board of Trustees. Sure you don't get paid, but you're not a volunteer, you're a politician. And she served part of one term, until her own individual agenda became more of a priority.

She backed out on a commitment to students. That tells you everything you need to know about her record.

When she was on the Board, she sowed division. She supported the administrator that appears to have participated in a bid-rigging scheme. This new board was supposed to be different and here we are with the same old story.

But more importantly, lets talk about a GOP connection that someone should ask that she absolutely cannot shake. Dori Fenenbock donated to a Republican in a race against popular Democrats Eliot Shapleigh and Joe Moody.

So do what Fenenbock says, judge her on her record. She voters Republican, donates to Republicans against Democrats, and abandoned commitments to students for personal political gain.

Thats Fenenbock's record.

JP's and Truancy

Justices of the Peace don't lower truancy.

At one time, parents would be held legally liable and have to go to court if their kids didn't go to school.

But there's no evidence that it every actually cut down on truancy.

But more to the point, every time you see a Justice of the Peace candidate talking about how they cut truancy or they are going to keep kids in school, they are lying or ignorant to the law.

Or both.

In fact, here's a door hanger of Jesus Urenda who actually had the audacity to put it on a piece of literature.

Its a straight-up lie. John Chatman uses the same line.

Are truancies down since they have been in office? Sure. But what they don't tell you is that they are down because they are almost never referred to the JP court anymore.

They law changed. Its not criminal anymore.

That is why truancies are down, not because of the JP's. The JP's had nothing to do with it and whenever you hear one taking credit for it, know that they are lying to you are incredibly misinformed about their own courts.

And that should tell you a lot about them as a candidate.

Williams Targeted by Sierra's Pro-Fenenbock PAC

Don Williams became the latest casualty in an ever-growing offensive by Carlos Sierra's pro-Fenenbock PAC over the weekend.

At the Paso Del Norte Tejano Democrats endorsement meeting this weekend, members were sent a text message and email that specifically mentions Don Williams.

Mr. Williams has done an exhaustive search for any mention he allegedly made of Dori Fenenbock's husband and wasn't able to find a single instance of mentioning Mark Fenenbock, who has voted Republican in nearly every Republican primary for the last decade and contributed to several extremist Republicans.



The email contained a link to a video on the YouTube channel run by Keep El Paso Honest, the PAC run by Carlos Sierra who has failed to comply with finance regulations.

The videos that have been played on local television were arranged by a firm on behalf of Keep El Paso Honest that places ads for many GOP causes and campaigns.

For whatever reason the Keep El Paso Honest ads seem to be pretty poor quality. They have one ad of Escobar on a donkey (makes sense since she's actually a Democrat) through town but the video was so terrible it looked like a really poorly done episode of South Park.

Carlos Sierra, who sources indicate was beat up in a fight at a Journey concert last year, must still be feeling the blows to the head because part of the video doesn't even make sense. It appears to have a spelling or grammar error depending on what he was actually trying to say.


So far, Dori Fenenbock has not disavowed the content of the ads nor the personal attacks on people in the race that aren't the candidate.

For his part, Don Williams has indicated that he is reviewing what his legal options are at this point, which if he filed suit against Keep El Paso Honest could be problematic for them because it might tie up a lot of their money in litigation, even if the suit went nowhere.

Williams typically does a good job of being friendly with people on all sides of a race and usually isn't one to want to burn bridges with political factions. If you know Don Williams, you know he likes to be liked.


Here is a picture of him the very night that the text message was sent out. That is Fenenbock campaign manager Veronica Cintron.

Another thing that hasn't been disavowed by Fenenbock has been how the Reyes clan have been berating supporters of other candidates. Former Congressman Silvestre Reyes, who has some sort of title with the Fenenbock campaign sent Facebook messages directly to a supporter of another campaign, carrying on a disagreement the two had in a Facebook exchange.

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The Endorsement

I was there, I witnessed most of the process first-hand as an eye witness. Everything at the Tejano endorsement was on the up and up. Chairman Holguin runs a tight ship and there was no funny business going on with who was allowed to vote, who wasn't, who voted, who didn't, etc.

The process was clean and Dori Fenenbock won the endorsement fair and square.

How the email addresses and phone numbers ended up with a Republican PAC is unknown but the Chairman did not authorize that information to be shared with anyone so there is no indication where Carlos Sierra was able to obtain the information.

Nor did the emails/text messages influence the outcome. Most members didn't see the email (there's a lot of seniors) until after the endorsement process.

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Immigration & Spouses

So the really troubling part of the debates as of late has been the fact that all of a sudden all of these candidates seem to care about comprehensive immigration reform. Now that is a cause I have been working on with folks for years. Having worked for Border Network for Human Rights, I have had a front-row seat to who has, and who has not been committed to this issue.

Yes, Escobar's husband is an immigration judge and the fact that he is an immigration judge is something that is relevant to the campaign. But people like Dori Fenenbock should not be so willing to make spouses fair game in the debate process.

Why?

Well because Dori Fenenbock's husband is a major liability for her and since Dori Fenenbock can't keep her story straight about her voting record, she can't escape her husband's voting record, his support for Trump, and the record of his contributions.

So why she would want to make spouses fair game is beyond me, but she apparently has, so I'm sure she is now going to have to figure out more artful ways of dodging questions not only about her own voting record, but also his because there's no doubt that Mark Fenenbock will now be under scrutiny.

Actually the same people from the Reyes click that get excited about the anti-Escobar ads would be losing their minds if the ads were done in the same way, but featuring Fenenbock.

But hey, back to immigration because I have an observation to make about that. Having been around the CIR movement for the last decade, I can tell you that I have only seen two of the congressional candidates ever show up to an immigration reform event.

Escobar has been going to them for years, she goes when there aren't cameras, she helps with grunt work, etc. She's actually the only candidate running that has actually been recognized for her work with comprehensive immigration reform.

Not one of the other candidates has.

The other candidate that has shown up to CIR events is Norma Chavez. She showed up to one that I can recall, but I bugged her office to make sure she went, it wasn't because she was excited to go.

Now, here is the list of people that I have never, not once, seen at an immigration reform event:

Enrique Garcia. The vato is an immigration attorney and I've never once seen him at an immigration reform event. Now he usually has the harshest tone about Pleters, so I don't know if the two have a past but if they don't, it sure looks like it. Garcia is also the one most likely to lose his cool if someone went after his spouse. With good reason too, she's a very nice woman and doesn't appear to be political involved at all except for her husband's run, so she should be treated as a non-combatant. My point is, Garcia would lose it if she was suddenly the focus of a rival's attacks.

Dori Fenenbock. Never seen her at anything remotely related to policy or a cause before she ran for school board. Much less have I ever seen her at an immigration reform event. She has no record of supporting CIR before using it as a punchline in her campaign. And since Don Williams and I have taken photos or videos of damn near every Democratic Party event for the last decade, there's also no record of Dori Fenenbock ever supporting the Democratic Party.

John Carrillo. I don't know if it was because of his job or what, but he's never been involved in comprehensive immigration reform or any social justice issue that I can recall. But he's kinda new to the political scene in general.

Jerome Tilghman. Jerome talks a lot about DACA and immigration now that he is a candidate. He may have spoken about it other times he's run for congress, but not to the extent that he does now. But I've never seen him anywhere near an immigration reform event. The only event I have ever seen him at that was a public political event was the Tea Party Rally where he was trying to play to that crowd of crazies.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Old Norma is Back

And that is not a good thing.

I told you it was gonna happen. I'm surprised it took this long, and after how well she did at the Black El Paso Democrats event, I was starting to think that she really had changed.

But good ol' Norma proved everyone right last night, that leopard doesn't change her spots.

Last night at the Tejano Democrats endorsement event, the old Norma came roaring back.

You memmer, memmer?

The bully.

The angry, emotional, temperamental politician who over-stayed her welcome.

The bull in the China shop.

The one willing to say and do anything to win.

The one obsessed with "her place".

The one who felt like she was entitled to accolades and was angry she didn't get them.

The only thing missing was "lesbian gay woman".

Before I talk about last night, earlier in the week at Black El Paso Democrats, Norma was great. Classy. On message.

She did so well, I even told her that night that I thought she did really great.

And then the Tejano Democrats endorsement meeting happened. I don't know if it was the tension of the environment or the fact that she has basically no money to campaign with and she's not getting anywhere near the support she thought shew as gonna get, but the "new Norma" is gone and its back to the same old Norma everyone knows.

I saw a little crack in the facade of the new Norma at the westside Democrats forum when she tried to intimidate a Chicana elected official because she was upset that the elected official was supporting Escobar. Well last night Norma was overheard saying something just flat-out hurtful and shameful to another woman.

Even by Norma standards it was bad. I was asked not to repeat it, so I won't say what it was, but frankly, Norma should be ashamed of herself for saying something so terrible to another woman.

But back to Norma at the Tejano debate. Norma went back to doing what Norma always does, whining about not having her place and whining about her long-running beef with Eliot Shapleigh, who is still more popular at Tejano events than Norma Chavez and he hasn't been to one in a good 5 or 6 years.

You would've thought she was running against Shapleigh for congress.

Chavez showed what I said from the start - this was personal for her. Her and the Reyes clan just haven't gotten over the loss to Beto O'Rourke a few years ago. So it must have driven them nuts when O'Rourke was the only candidate that was actually endorsed by acclamation last night.

Speaking of the Reyes clan, remember how they came off the hinges when they lost to Beto a few years ago? Well they are at it again. But that is for another post, because nothing is so funny than to hear an ex Border Patrol Chief responsible for Operation Hold the Line point the finger about deporting people...

Okay to wrap things up, I'll let the cat out of the bag about what Norma's little surprise announcement is gonna be. Dolores Huerta is going to come to town right before early voting.