Sunday, January 31, 2010

Teaming Up



In case you haven't noticed, we are starting to see a bit of slate politics brewing in this election. Some of it is idealogical common ground, but some of it is simply a marriage of convenience.

A few candidates have their signs strategically placed together and in the case of one state representative, she is even helping the opponent of her political rival.



State Representative Marissa Marquez is playing a key role in the campaign of Naomi Gonzalez who has an uphill battle brewing in her bid to unseat State Representative Norma Chavez. Thats a pretty interesting turn of events when one considers that it was just two short years ago when it was Chavez helping an upstart candidate take on another long-time state legislator who was a political rival of Chavez, State Representative Paul Moreno.

For some unknown reason, State Rep Marissa Marquez escaped this round of elections without an opponent. That leaves her free to help a challenger take on her rival, State Rep Norma Chavez.



Marquez has apparently taken Gonzalez around Austin introducing her to key individuals and is also playing a role in fund raising. Gonzalez is a trial lawyer and has now received contributions from a rather conservative group, Texans for Lawsuit Reform (TLR). TLR was a major contributor to Marquez's campaign in the last election.

Marquez has long been rumored to be a pretty conservative Democrat considering some of her stands on issues and her relationship with a Republican colleague in the house. Shopping Gonzalez around to similar crowds makes sense for Marquez and Gonzalez because Marquez wants an ally and to eliminate a rival and Gonzalez needs the money.

In a bit of political gamesmanship, Representative Chavez herself walked a precinct of particular import to Chavez. She walked precinct 82. That’s a precinct that Chavez won with 83% of the vote in the last election. Its also the precinct where her main opponent, Gonzalez lives.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

gee - that picture of Ms Chavez certainly doesn't look anything close to her campaign literature photo! at least Marissa looks like her campaign ads of the past!

Anonymous said...

Naomi Gonzalez is not a trial lawyer. A trial lawyer tries a lot of cases in front of juries. Gonzalez has worked in the County Attorney's Office, mainly handling protective order cases, which very seldom, if ever, involve jury trials.

Marissa Marquez' father is a dentist, a member of the medical community. Every legislative session, the medical community advocates for more and more restrictions on medical malpractice lawsuits. This is the reason Marissa Marquez received a lot of support from the lawsuit reform (insurance industry) lobbyists.

Norma Chavez has always received a lot of money from the same lawsuit reform (insurance industry) lobbyists.

Apparently, Marissa Marquez is intent on letting Norma Chavez know, in no uncertain terms, that Marissa Marquez is a political force. Marissa Marquez is flexing her muscles, so to speak, while at the same time giving Norma Chavez the finger.

Tatiana said...

Anonymous is focusing on signage instead of issues in this race, which signifies they are not prepared to compete with Rep. Chavez's record. Speaking of records, I was unable to locate any records of cases, etc. Ms. Gonzalez has handled in the County Attorney's office. I suppose running two campaigns while working on the job has taken up most of her time.

Its unfortunate there is no information available on Ms. Gonzalez, as a County Attorney, there should be an exhaustive case history regarding the cases she has been involved in. However, I did see she was the Past President of the Mexican American Bar Association; but they have endorsed her opponent Representative Chavez in this race.

Anonymous said...

what's happening to the other comments ignoramous.

Anonymous said...

Norma and especially Marissa need to really listen to your advice "Juntos Y Adelante!".

Anonymous said...

Marisa Marquez, has gain a lot of weight since she was elected into office. She should walk block for Naomi instead of pimping Naomi to Republican lobbyists. The rate Marisa is going by the 2012 election she won't be walking blocking she will be roll blocking.

Anonymous said...

I NEEDED TO COMMENT ON HOW GREAT NAOMI GONZALEZ DID LAST NIGHT; SHE IS A HIGH QUALIFIED YOUNG LADY WITH INTEGRITY & CLASS...MY WHOLE LOWER VALLEY FAMILY IS VOITING FOR HER. THANKS JAIME FOR TAKING YOUR BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER. YOU ARE A GREAT DAD !!!

Anonymous said...

I must comment that you are a great Dad that's about it.

Tatiana said...

Interesting though, the two have been friends since the age of 14, but Rep. Marquez denies helping her long term friend. In the Texas Tribune Marquez says, "Absolutely not, it's uncool," to help Gonzalez. http://www.texastribune.org/blogs/post/2010/feb/02/2010-game-hd76/

Then Gonzalez said, "I'm a big girl, I can do my own thing." in the El Paso Times.
http://www.elpasotimes.com/politics/ci_14351182