If you remember back to the primary election there was a mini-scandal that never materialized in to a big deal. It dealt with the now-infamous Playboy article.
If you remember, I backed up Commissioner Veronica Escobar on that one because I felt people where making a mountain out of a mole hill out of comments that, even if they were really made (which I don’t think they were), weren’t that big of a deal. I argued that it was nothing more than political opportunism by people attempting to create division in the community in order to damage the image of a candidate and score political points in the process.
Escobar has done a lot for the Latino community and El Paso at large and doesn’t need to reinforce her credentials or prove herself to anyone.
And neither does State Rep Norma Chavez. The same thing is happening in the case of Norma Chavez and her comments at the Ramona Elementary Forum.
Back then I was critical however of comments made by City Rep Susie Byrd in the article about soldiers at Fort Bliss. In fact, we had it out pretty good about those comments.
If you recall, City Rep Steve Ortega came to her defense during that time period when he was guest hosting for the Strelz.
Now the two are part of the group of “Democrat leaders” that signed a letter condemning Chavez for her comments in a forum where she referred to her opponent, Naomi Gonzalez, as a “lesbian gay woman”.
First of all, when in the hell did Byrd and Ortega become Democrat leaders? They are leaders to be sure, and to my knowledge they are Democrats, but they are in no way, shape, or form, leaders in the Democratic Party.
But I’ve been thinking about this letter for a few days now and I think someone needs to call the Shapleighites on their shit every once in a while. This is one of those times.
Where do Byrd and Ortega come off pointing the self-righteous finger at Chavez about comments affecting a portion of the El Paso community? I don’t remember any group of elected officials banding together along with the Times’ Editorial Board calling for an apology from Byrd about her comments regarding Fort Bliss troops.
Chavez’s comments have been characterized as an attack on the gay community. Team Shapleigh is made up of some pretty smart people, so I have to think that this is intentionally being done to mislead the public. Chavez’s exact words were “…I’ve never attacked her for being a lesbian gay woman.”
Where is the attack in that sentence? Byrd’s comments on the other hand were much more negative than Chavez’s, yet there was no call for an apology from Byrd. In fact, Byrd remained defiant and defended her comments while Chavez has apologized for her remarks.
So who has the better moral position?
The point is, this is nothing more than political opportunism on the part of Byrd and other members of Team Shapleigh.