Sunday, January 31, 2010
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.
Posted by The Lion Star at 3:38 PM