Tuesday, November 30, 2010

new phone; text me you number

Dropped my phone and it broke so I got a new one. But I lost all my contacts so please call or text me your name and number please. My number is the same.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Gay is Not a Lifestyle

I hear the homophobes and their steady drumbeat and its getting on my nerves so I feel I have to say something about it.

You can usually spot them the minute they start talking. They say something along the lines of, “I’m not prejudice against gays, but I just don’t like their lifestyle.” Its entirely possible that some of these people think it actually is a lifestyle, but somebody has to set them straight…no pun intended.

Lifestyle implies a choice. Its something you choose to become a part of like lowrider culture, skiing, scrapbooking, hunting, spelunking (people who explore caves, I just like saying the word cuz it sounds dirty), or people who work out a lot.

It’s a choice.

Being gay isn’t a choice.

I know that’s hard for some people to wrap their head around, but it’s the truth.

Don’t believe me, let’s try a little test. If you are heterosexual (that means you like people from the opposite sex), how old were you when you chose to like the opposite sex?

Was it in the sandbox, the nursery, or the locker room in high school? Were you confused about it for a while and then woke up one morning and decided you were going to be straight? I know, I know, you are appalled at the thought.

You always liked the opposite sex and are offended by the inference that you would ever consider playing for the other team.

I get it.

I understand you.

I’m the same way. I’ve always liked women, not preferred them, because it was never a choice. I only like women. Usually ones with big booties, a little cholita in them, her own eyebrows (no sharpies) and preferably not too much emotional baggage, I have enough of my own thank you very much.

The point it, I’ve never been in to other vatos and I never had a choice in the matter. And gay people don’t either. They are attracted to who they are attracted to because that’s the way they were born.

Think about it, there probably aren’t too many people that would choose to be discriminated against and vilified by neo-cons if they could help it.

So for those of you walking around trying to convince yourself that you aren’t prejudice, you just don’t like their lifestyle, please realize how ignorant you sound. They have no more control over their sexual orientation than you had over what color you were born, who your parents are, or what color your eyes are.

And we all know how ignorant it is to discriminate against someone because of their skin color, right?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Dee Margo's First Test

If you read the El Paso Times yesterday then you no doubt saw a story outlining all of the bills filled in the next legislative session that will be anti-immigrant.

Once again, the Republicans can't seem to get out of their own way. Just when they start making headway in to developing a strong presence in the Latino community, they show themselves to be a bunch of xenophobes with misplaced leadership priorities.

There are very few people that will argue the fact that biggest issue facing the state of Texas is the $12-$25 billion budget deficit we will be facing in the next legislative session. Yet Republicans like Representative Debbie Riddle (R-Humble), are camping out to introduce anti-immigrant legislation like she was waiting for the chance to buy Willie Nelson farewell tour tickets.

The Tea Party movement was supposed to be about fiscal responsibility, though I have always have doubts about how loyal its loose collection of members have been to that tenant.

If that's really the case, then people like riddle are going to piss off the fiscal conservatives for showing what her real priorities are, which apparently don't include fiscal responsibility but rather the opportunity to project herself on a state and possibly national stage in the same way Arizona Governor Jan Brewer was able to accomplish.

This puts incoming freshman State Rep and now-Hispanic Dee Margo in an interesting position. He's gone record with me, on more than one occasion, stating that Arizona-style legislation is not for Texas, as you can see in this video (Second half of the video).

Margo has always billed himself as a fiscal conservative, so Margo will face the test of facing tough decisions in terms of how he votes on those issues as the reach the legislature. Interestingly, Margo has set an interesting precedent in his campaigns that may add an unexpected wrinkle to his legislative term.

When asked about his support of gaming, Margo has frequently said that he would support gaming in El Paso. And he always qualified his support by saying that polls show the majority of El Paso support gaming and he will therefore support gaming because of that fact.

So will he be consistent with all issues and vote the way a majority of El Pasoans would like to see him vote (a philosophy similar to that of City Rep Eddie Holguin), or vote the way he thinks is best? That makes the House debate about some of these anti-immigrant bills all the more interesting because a majority of El Pasoans clearly don't support Arizona-style anti-immigrant legislation.

That will make a very interesting test for the westside Republican.

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Problem with City Rep Holguin's Philosophy

I usually agree with City Rep Eddie Holguin, and I probably hold him to a higher standard than the other city reps because he represents the barrio.

Yes, I know, Rep O'rourke and Rep Acosta have barrios in their districts, but Holguin's district is basically entirely barrio.

If you don't understand why that's important to me, there's no way I can explain it to you, so go ahead and stop reading now.

But Rep Holguin is wrong this time...dead wrong. He was wrong for flip-flopping.

I give him credit for standing up and engaging in a debate over his flip-flop, but no matter how you slice it, Rep Holguin flip-flopped like a fish in a boat.

One week he's going to propose the reversal of the controversial city ordinance that took away health benefits from domestic partners and retirees, the next week he's echoing his mentor, Jaime O. Perez who not-so-coincidentally released a statement with similar language to Rep Holguin's own “respect the will of the people” line.

Representative Holguin is for equality for the gay community. He has been clear on that for quite some time. Which is why I think his defense to his recent flip-flop is all the more a cop out.

Holguin believes that his role as a city rep is to do only what the constituents want. No more, no less. He says he doesn't subscribe to the idea that he is a trustee, meaning the idea that a rep is elected to make decisions on behalf of the constituents, regardless of what they may want.

In general, Holguin's position seems reasonable and certainly in line with “the will of the people”. But all too often the philosophy is simply cover for having one's political cake and eating it to. The philosophy allows a rep to say, I am personally for gay equality, but I had to vote the way I voted because of the will of the people.

That philosophy doesn't hold water when you are talking about something like social justice. Social justice issues rarely enjoy popular support and its almost always been the case, going back to the days of slavery. The only reason that codified changes to social justice have occurred is because elected leadership showed the courage to stand up for what's right, as opposed to what's popular.

The easy way to govern is the way Holguin appears to want to lead. The idea of being a representative who does only what the people want is you have the convenience of having cover for whatever political decision you make. You can say something along the lines of “well, my personal feelings on the issue are...” and then turn around in the same sentence and say, “...but my constituents don't want it and I will do what they want.”

How do you really know what your constituents want? How do you know unless you poll your district on every issue? Who is a constituent? A voter, someone who's registered to vote, a citizen, a resident, etc? How exactly do you make that distinction?

The answer is, you don't. Which means that basically any decision can be made and can be defended by saying its the will of his constituents.

There's a saying for that in the barrio...puro pedo!

Let Me Get this Straight...

I can't touch a stripper in El Paso, even though I pay the price for admission and presumably the price for the lap dance because its considered indecent...

But a TSA worker can grab my package for free while going through the airport? What that hell did I miss?

Oh, and speaking of airports, check out this cool video.

Jaime O. Perez Makes Startling Revelations in Open Letter

From ECA Candidate Forum

Jaime O. Perez made some rather startling revelations in a recent open letter to city council. Perez praises city council for what they attempted to do and had some rather strong words for Pastor Tom Brown, Nacho Padilla and others.

You can find the open letter on the Talk Radio 1150 website.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Stories Critical of EP Police Department & Sweeps Period

There has been a lot of public discussion over the El Paso Police Department and various charges of abuse, etc.

Chief Greg Allen even issued a press release on the coverage.

The only note I wanted to add about it that has gone largely undiscussed is the fact that we are in the sweeps period. Its not like these issues are new and suddenly happened this week.

So I checked with the News Director of Canal 26 KINT, Zoltan Csanyi to find out if sweeps period had anything to do with the stories being run now as opposed to any other period.

"It is 100% related to sweeps", Csanyi explained.

I'm not saying that PD doesn't have issues and I realize that any organization has room for improvement. But I think part of the conversation should be the fact that we are in the middle of the sweeps period and I think it has an absolute bearing on the framing of the overall story.

Canal 26 has been running stories for the sweeps period regarding escaping the violence in Juarez, robotic surgery in El Paso, and premature births.

Support a Local Artist

Adrianne Riley is a local photographer and does some really great work. She's done a lot of her work at political and public events.

She's the one who took that new pic I have here on my blog (look to the right) and she did this picture on Flag Day.

I liked the image so much that I have a print of it hanging in my office.

Check out her website for more information. She's available for hire and has great rates!

From The Lion Star Blog by Jaime Abeytia

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Socorro City Councilman Arrested

From The Lion Star Blog by Jaime Abeytia
According to a press release from the El Paso County Sheriff's Department, Socorro City Councilman Luis Varela was arrested on drug charges. Stay tuned to Noticias 26 for more details....

Here is an excerpt from the press release:

On 11-16-10 at about 5:40 pm the El Paso County Sheriff's Office conducted an operation at 10840 North Loop in Socorro Texas. The operation resulted in the arrest of four suspects for the Delivery of 43.5 lbs of marijuana.


Luis Varela (40) of Socorro Texas


Ernesto Garcia (29) of El Paso Texas


David Alarcon (19) of El Paso Texas


Jesus Palacios (49) of El Paso Texas

A search of the vehicle driven by Luis Varela resulted in the locating and seizure of 27.5 grams of cocaine. Varela was charged additionally with the possession of a controlled substance/cocaine. Information on the arrests as follows:

No further information will be released at this time as the investigation continues and further arrests are pending.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Sarah Palin for President

I just would like to take this opportunity to publically thank the members of GOP that are pushing Sarah Palin to be the nominee for President in 2012.

That will help the Democrats keep the White House.

Seriously, could you possibly find a worse candidate? It wasn't enough that her daughter was on Dancing with the Stars, her daughter's baby daddy was in Playgirl, or that she quit being the Governor of one of the most sparsely populated states in the Union.

She needed to have her own reality show! Which is great!

Hell, maybe she'll ask Snookie to be her running mate!

Monday, November 15, 2010

City Council Boo'ed in Orangeville

A couple of days ago a couple members of the El Paso City Council attended a UTEP basketball game and were introduced...to the sound of boos from the crowd.

Sources that attended the game said that State Reps Marisa Marquez and Naomi Gonzalez were also introduced, but didn't get boo'ed.

Apparently City Rep Rachel Quintana, according to my source, "jumped around like a UTEP cheerleader trying to get more cheers but she got booed." Then City Rep Steve Ortega was introduced and he apparently was booed worse than Quintana.

My source had this final addition to the story. "The boos weren't overwhelming or anything, but they were definitely audible, The really didn't get any cheers."

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Marquez Fundraiser

Please join us at a fundraiser for state Rep. Marisa Marquez

November 11, 2010


Brick and Mortar

115 S. Durango

Veterans Day

Veterans Day provides us with the chance to mark the debt of honor we owe to all those who have worn the uniform of the United States. We remember those who gave their lives beneath our flag, in service of our freedom.

And with so many still fighting, we owe special thanks to the courageous families of those who serve.

Because when our servicemen and women deploy overseas, their loved ones are left to undertake heroic battles of their own at home. The unique challenges they face in support of men and women in uniform allow us all to enjoy the freedoms of our democracy.

Every time I have a chance to meet with these families, I'm struck by their strength and their quiet dignity -- they are truly some of the most selfless, courageous people I've met.

And today is also a day to acknowledge the sacrifices these brave men and women make every day, and pray for the safe return of those they love.

I've felt their calling personally, and I want to encourage Americans across the country to step up and do more for our military families. Take the time to stay informed about the concerns and activities of the families of service members in your community. Let them know you recognize their struggles and appreciate all they do.

You can help by finding out the needs of the military families in your community and volunteering, from working with your local school's PTA to hiring a military spouse.

Today and every day, I am moved by the personal sacrifices made by service families. And I'm humbled by the patriotism of those they support -- our soldiers and airmen, our sailors and Marines.

Today, if you can, please take a moment to offer your gratitude for the families of the veterans and active service members that you know. Or go online to serve.gov to find out how you can serve military families in your area.



It is the Soldier...

From Pics of Me
When I was in the Army, I saw this somewhere and never did find out who the author was. You can find this in a multitude of places on the internet. It choked me up the first time I read it, but it still chokes me up to this day. Enjoy it and remember veterans on this Veteran’s Day!

It is the soldier, not the reporter,

who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the soldier, not the poet,

who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the soldier, not the campus organizer,

who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.

It is the soldier, not the lawyer,

who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the soldier

who salutes the flag,

who serves under the flag,

and whose coffin is draped by the flag,

who allows the protester to burn the flag.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Hector H. Lopez's On-Air Tantrum

From The Lion Star Blog by Jaime Abeytia
Hector H. Lopez, who seems to have an endless supply of criticism for everyone and thing in El Paso, including saying that there are no leaders in El Paso, apparently can dish it out, but can't take it.

David K and Brownfield wrote some pieces on their blogs that were critical of Hector H. Lopez's election night coverage. I linked to Brownfield's post because I thought it was funny. During Hector's on-air bitch fest the other day, he said he liked it and thought it was funny too.

Which is why I can't understand why he dragged me in to his tirade. Who knows, maybe he was on his period.

What Hector H. Lopez doesn't understand is the concept of team. I'm a member of Team KHRO and on election night, when Chris Bailey was having a hard time with some technical issues over at the UNITY headquarters, I helped him out and made it possible for him to broadcast with Hector H. Lopez.

Know what else I did? I shared my election numbers with him. Chris Bailey gets it. He understands that in order to make anything happen, it takes a team effort and Bailey thanked me for helping him out.

Despite the fact that Norma Chavez was involved and she's not exactly my favorite person, I still pitched in. Why? Because the name on the front of the jersey is more important than the name on the back of the jersey.

Hector H. Lopez doesn't seem to understand that concept. He apparently gets pissed when he's not involved in something and decides to take his ball and go home. In my opinion, Hector's hemorrhoid he apparently has for me is because Greg Freyermuth and I were asked to co-moderate a big debate between Joe Moody and Dee Margo. That debate was broadcast on Talk Radio 1150.

Hector was not invited by the two organization that sponsored the debate, the College Republicans and the University Democrats. Greg and I didn't have control over who was invited and apparently Hector H. Lopez felt like it was a slight to him.

Honestly, even if we did have the power to invite him, we wouldn't have, especially after his performance at the Talk Radio 1150 debate earlier this year during the primary election. The guy seemed like the only question he was capable of asking was what the candidates' vision was. He apparently doesn't get that it was irrelevant to the races. But that really wasn't the point. The point was he was trying to make himself the star.

For God's sake, the candidates had to take him over their knee and spank him during the debate for not being able to move on and ask something of substance.

That's why he wanted to do election night coverage and Greg and I were left out.

Now rewind the movie for just a second. The day of the debate between Moody and Margo, Hector H. Lopez was on the air talking shit about the debate. I lost track of how many times he called it a “snoozer”. You didn't hear Greg and I start menstruating over the air because Hector H. Lopez hurt out little feelings.

So its total bullshit that Hector gets pissed at a couple of little critiques after he spent so much time talking shit about the debate. Like I said, if you dish it out, you should be able to take it.

When I asked Hector why he dragged me in to his on-air tantrum, he said it was because I linked to the piece that he praised on the air!

That's Hector H. Lopez for ya.

On a quick sidebar, I always seem to get the blame for linking to something someone else wrote. Remember the whole Hummer-gate scandal that the Avocadoan wrote about an alleged tryst involving a member of city council? I didn't write the piece, but I got the blame for it.

Here's what he doesn't get, while some of the stuff he's done is really cool, he doesn't understand that most listeners don't give a shit. But the elitist in him prevents him from grasping that fundamental point.

You have to connect your topic to things people in El Paso care about. Lets take his interview with the President of the Banana Republic, I mean the Dominican Republic. Why would anyone in El Paso care about that interview? I think its really kick ass that he was able to get an interview with a foreign head of state and that's something no one else on talk radio can say.

But why would a guy driving around in his delivery truck or an attorney in the courthouse give a shit? The answer is, they don't. They are too worried about stuff happening around town to be concerned with the President of Banana Republic.

Oh yeah, did I mention that the interview was in Spanish?

I'll be honest, it really pissed me off that Hector H. bought me in to this. He doesn't like me, resents me, whatever. I honestly don't care.

We are two different guys from two totally different worlds.

I'm Chicano, he's Hispanic.

He's educated, I'm the least educated guy on the radio.

I'm a street kid, he's a jet-setting Georgetown grad.

His on-air buddies are highly educated smart people that know everything about the world. Mine have seen the world through military service and on occassion have spent a little time in county jail.

I get it, we aren't as good as he is.

It probably irritates the shit out of him that people read my blog and listen to my show. But whatever his beef is, he should've left me out of it.

I've been told that Hector H. Lopez fancies himself a future congressman. Why else do you think he's always talking shit about the leadership in this town? Why else do you think he always talks about who are the next leaders for El Paso? Why do you think he's always critical of the congressman and the President?

Seriously, have you seen the picture gallery on his show's Facebook page?

Here's a guy who's a precinct chair that has not done anything in the Democratic Party. He criticizes everything but doesn't actually DO anything. The self-described Blue Dog Democratic is more like diet Republican than anything else.

I don't fault him for using his show to try to position himself as a future congressman. I just think that if he's going to criticize, he should be able to take it too. If he's going to have all these people from BFE, he should at least do a better job of having a local tie in to El Paso.

As for congressional hopes, he's not even in the conversation and I don't see any honest discussion of him being a congressional hopeful in his future. But then again what do I know, he's much more educated than I.

But if you ask me, there's nothing wrong with the wanna-be future congressman doing what ends ends his show with...Think Big!

Monday, November 8, 2010

City Rep Ortega on Congressional Bid: “I have no desire to run”

I’m working on a rather extensive piece that is a critique of Joe Muench, political columnist for the El Paso Times, and his latest column on Sunday. Its a conjecture piece in which he lays out scenarios for possible successors to Congressman Sylvestre Reyes.

But before I post that piece, I decided I’ve give the star of Muench’s column, City Rep Steve Ortega a call to find out if he’s interested in running for Congress.

Here’s Ortega’s answer, “Absolutley not, I have no desire to run.”

Other than demonstrating he has very little, if any, understanding of the local political scene weren’t bad enough, apparently it never crossed the mind of Joe Muench to call any of the people who wrote about to see if they are even interested in running for the office.

When I asked Ortega where Muench would get an idea like Ortega running for office, Ortega replied, “He never called me to ask me if I was interested…he never did what you are doing right now.”

In fairness to Muench, his piece never actually says he talked to anyone and it was more of a what-if scenario.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Brownfield's Take on Talk Radio 1150's Election Night Coverage

You have to have a sense of humor in life sometimes, if you don't you'll go insane.

Brownfield posted this hilarious critique and I thought I'd plass it on in case you haven't seen it.

Check it out here.

State Rep Marquez May Have Opponent in 2012 Primary

From The Lion Star Blog by Jaime Abeytia
Rumors have been flying around for a while now about a possible challenger for State Rep Marisa Marquez since prominent El Paso lawyer Mike Torres decided not to run in the last election.

The name that has been floating around most recently, and most often in El Paso political circles is Robert Grijalva. Grijalva is currently the right hand of State Rep Chente Quintanilla but previously worked for former State Representative Paul Moreno.

Since I'd hear the talk of Grijalva as a potential candidate, I thought I'd look in to it a little more. I called Grijalva around lunch time today to get comment on the issue. Most of the conversation was centered around the fact that he's going to be really busy helping Quintanilla in this session of the legislature and he said that's his main focus and priority.

But he did have this to say about the rumors..."Lots of people are asking me to run...I haven't made a decision yet. When I do, I will make the best decision for the community."


State Rep Marisa Marquez is going to be a formibale opponent and in the driver's seat for re-election. As you no-doubt remember Marquez defeated long-time State Rep Paul Moreno. In an unusual twist even for El Paso politics, the Moreno clan, not-so-lovingly referred to as the Moreno Mafia by some, and State Rep Marisa Marquez supported Naomi Gonzalez in her bid to unseat State Rep Norma Chavez.

Grijalva used to work for Moreno and one would assume that the Moreno's would be inclined to support him, but time will tell if that's actually the case. Grijalva is a guy who knows Austin, knows the local politicos and campaign donators. He's not a guy that has made it a habit to run around burning bridges and will no-doubt benefit from some Moreno loyalists.

The two big questions are recognition within the district and knowledge of grassroots operation.

Marquez is no longer an inexperienced campaigner. She doens't get rattled in public very easily and has been putting her time in within the party. She has one session under her belt and will be going in to another session with talk that she may end up on the Appropriations Committee, which is a pretty important committee, even if you are in the minority.

Election Results Piece on Talk Radio 1150 Website

We've made some changes on the Talk Radio 1150 website today. Go check out the changes.

I wrote about election results on the website in the blog section. You can read my piece here.

Also, working on a response to Tim Besco's comments here on The LionStar Blog. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Tim Besco Sends Controversial Letter to Republican Party

You aren't going to believe this email, so take your time reading it, it's certainly worth the read. I'll let you know one thing that will make you want to keep reading, it ends with


From Burges Candidate Forum

The following is an email sent out via an mass email communications program. I obtained this email just a few moments ago and checked with one source in the Republican Party to verify its authenticity. To the best of their knowledge, this came from Tim Besco's Campaign:


All of you who are getting this email should know why.

From the very start of my campaign - I have had nothing but criticism from many of you. All I'd hear was, "You don't speak well." or "You can't do this or that." I'd even ask for your help at different events, but I'd get very little or no help. Then when I hired someone who is a professional consultant - I would get nothing but even more hatred. Just for the simple fact that he was a Democrat (which has nothing to do with my views), my manager had been ridiculed and ignored by all of you.

I quickly realized that in order to win - not just make a good showing - I needed to do something different from what the GOP in El Paso had done in the past. The number of Republican voters here will NEVER be enough to win a county wide seat.

I've reached out to you and many organizations in the party - and all of you either criticized me for my choice or worked against me. I wasn't doing what you wanted me to do. I wasn't saying what you wanted me to say. Well, I beg to differ. I was the candidate and I wasn't going to let you control me and my campaign.

Some of you said I was "turning my back" on the party. On the contrary, I turned around to open my arms to the rest of the city. If you think about it, the results showed that for the first time Silvestre Reyes got less than 60% of the vote. Part of that was related to the anti-Reyes feeling in town. But part of that also was because of my efforts to reach out to traditional Democrat voters.

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I was the first Republican to actively campaign in the Lower Valley, Soccoro, Segundo Barrio, and the Senior Centers. I knew it would be unlikely that I'd get much support - but I also knew that any vote I could get there was one less vote for Reyes.

I also focused on the East Side - another area that has long been forgotten by traditional GOP candidates. Think about Chris Antcliff. He put up thousands of signs all over the county including the East Side. He barely lost his race, but it still was not enough to overturn the Democrats' "machine".

I've learned a lot about the political process in El Paso while working with Oscar. The most important thing I learned is to temper your message. People are sick and tired of partisanship. How many times did you think "Oh God, not another Denish (or Pearce, etc.) attack ad."? I was asked several times while I campaigned, "You're not one of them 'Tea Partiers' are you?". The point I'm trying to make is that we can stick to our values but not be blind to our surroundings. Case and point, look at Commissioner Dan Haggerty. He is very conservative, and yet he still gets many Democrats to vote for him.

You'd say "Well he won because his district is Republican." BUT you forget that this is roughly the same area is where Dee Margo had to spend nearly $1 MILLION just to barely defeat Joe Moody.

Which brings me to my final points. I know for a fact - not through "paranoid delusions" - that most of you worked against me.

FACT: The hesitation by party leadership to stifle support for a write-in led to confusion and dissent within the active party.

FACT: Auxilliary groups supported this write-in by letting him speak at functions, sign his nominating petitions (I have the copies), and falsely endorse him. Just because an endorsement questionnaire was sent, does not allow you to choose to endorse a candidate running against the Republican candidate. Your own bylaws - yes, I looked them up - state that it is the mission of your organizations to "support, and help elect ALL Republican candidates on the ballot." You can't justify "endorsing" the opponent of the legally nominated Republican candidate by sending a questionnaire. You shouldn't have even bothered to send one - there was only one Republican candidate. You should only the Republican candidate. If you don't like him either get out of your group or don't do anything - but you don't work against him publicly. That is worse than voting for someone who is "Pro-Choice" when you are a practicing Catholic.

FACT: At the East Side Civic Association Forum (which was a joke), I was publicly attacked by a member of the College Republicans. Despite their feeble attempt to hide it, I saw through the lie that "he was acting alone". Again, your organization is nothing but petty for holding a grudge over your fundraiser at the county convention and hateful because I didn't choose one of you to be my campaign manager. (Lot of success there with Dan Chavez, eh Nickole?)

FACT: Dee Margo and others, openly ridiculed and humiliated me in public forums. It is an "unwritten" rule that you don't ask another candidate in an entirely other race how are their "finances" doing especially when you know full well that he/she isn't doing well.

One other thing about Dee Margo is that I know that he is on the board of the Business and Industry PAC for the state of Texas (BIPAC) - a very large GOP donor. I had contacted the national BIPAC offices, and was told that they wouldn't help me because of Dee Margo's efforts against me here in Texas. This was in spite of my answers on their questionnaire and originally had a good response from them.


FACT: When he was contacted by potentially large contributors for my campaign - specifically the party chairman - he told these donors to ignore my people and that I "didn't have a chance of winning". How would you know that, unless you were working against me?

I had been gaining momentum, and through the month of August my team and I were working tirelessly placing signs all over the entire county. With the infusion of their donations, we could have purchased the billboards, TV ads and mailers that would have continued to get my name out there.

Everyday well-meaning but ignorant GOP activists would tell me "You need to get yourself out there more." I would always tell them to donate so we could, but nothing would come in.

I put more of my own money into this campaign - based on percentages - than any candidate. Sure, you could say "Well, too bad for you." But I know that if it hadn't been for all the "knives in my back" - I wouldn't have had to put that money in.

FACT: The Republican Party of El Paso, the LNRC, the West El Paso Republican Women, Grassroots El Paso (Tea Party), and so many others will never see the forest for the trees. You refuse to believe that just because someone is attending your functions they aren't friendly to you.

Dan Chavez, and Jaime Perez were using you. They were considered to be the "jokes" of the Democratic Party - failing in all their attempts to get elected. They came over because they had no support within that party. They both failed again despite your weak efforts to get them elected.

Jaime Abetiya is not a reporter, or any kind of serious media person even if he does have a radio show. He is a Democratic activist who is close to several key elected officials including Reyes, Jose Rodriguez, and others. He may be friends with Sammy Carrejo - but he really isn't friendly toward the Republican party despite what he says.

That older lady that was hanging around with Dan Chavez who STILL IS a Democratic Party Precinct Chair - has no intentions of "crossing over" despite what some people have said. She is a very strong Democrat activist.

FACT: Your support is misguided, unorganized and weak. Rene Diaz is a prime example of this. He should have won his race for the EPCC Board easily. He played along with you, and ran as a "real Republican". Well, Jaime Abetiya and others painted him as a closet Democrat and permanently hurt his chances. If your support was so great - he should have won. A mailer from you denying this false charge, phone calls by the party leadership to voters, signs and even a neighborhood billboard would have helped. You dropped the ball. And the excuse, "We made the other guy work hard." is lame. Face it, he lost in a strongly Republican district because your support wasn't really there.


If you really think that you are going to make any headway in El Paso - you better open your eyes, get organized, get focused, and come out of your shell. You've said it yourselves, "El Pasoans are really Republicans - they just don't know it." You can't get them to believe that by telling them that they are "stupid Mexicans that only vote straight ticket". You can't say things like "we should electrify the border fence and put alligators in the Rio Grande".

It's like that cell phone commercial that has Philadelphia Eagles fans cheering in a restaurant that is obviously in Texas. The waitress says "They got sense of their surroundings, do they?". When the one fan asks for a refill, she says "Comin' right up 'shug'." and wrings out the dish rag into his cup. The GOP here has no sense of their surroundings and the city is "wringing out their dish rags" in your drinks.

As far as I'm concerned - I'm done with politics. And all of you - from the top to the bottom - are to blame. I've been classy enough to never "air our dirty laundry" in public. It's too bad that some of you did.

And if you've gotten this far....


Post Election Thoughts

I'm super busy today and really tired since I was at UNITY HQ going over election results with the future of the party, so I am butt ass tired.

I will post stuff later. Trust me, I have a lot to say.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Chavez Factor

From Burges Candidate Forum
From The Lion Star Blog by Jaime Abeytia

Alright, the follow piece needs to be written. I pride myself in speaking truth to power, so here goes.

State Representative Norma Chavez is not helpful to any Democratic Party candidate unless she is endorsing their opponent.

I'm sorry, but it has to be said.

There is a reason she didn't run for state senator last year when there was all that buzz about who would be running. Remember how she had everyone guess whether or not she was going to run for the open seat? When she eventually made her decision it didn't take long for word to get out as to why she didn't run.

She didn't run for the seat because there was polling done that showed that she had very high negative numbers among likely Democratic voters in the west side. The bottom line is she's not popular and not liked on the west side.

Hell, the fact that she lost to a candidate that has no experience and didn't go anywhere near anything that smelled like an actual issue during the campaign is another indicator that she's not helpful to a campaign.

As I have written and many others have opined, Representative Chavez has often found herself to be her own worst enemy. Sad, but it is what it is.

So why in the hell would she try to “help” Joe Moody when re-election by going anywhere near him during the campaign? I gave her an “A' on a recent report card for staying the hell away from everyone and not popping up anywhere. She must've read it and showed up on the radio with Strelz.

This is right about the point where some of you might need a little extra convincing that she's not helpful to a Democratic Party candidate running for office (to say nothing of a competitive race). So here's how you can tell that she's not an asset to a campaign...Moody's opponent is trying to tie him to Chavez because HE knows she's unpopular. If she was an asset, the opponent would not be TRYING to tie Moody to her!


Its classic campaign strategy. Tie your opponent to something negative - a person, an idea, a group, etc.- anything bad you can tie your opponent to is the play that's made in campaigns. As someone who's actually done that to opponents over her career, you'd think she'd be able to see that play coming.

Go ahead, rewind all the campaign commercials you've ever seen and you'll know what I'm talking about. Its just what you do in a campaign.

Newsflash Norma, you are what Margo's camp is trying to tie Moody to. If you are anywhere on social media, you've probably seen the ad attempting to tie Chavez to Moody. You've seen the mailer on David K's blog and on my own.

Hell, I tried to defuse the situation by reminding voters that Dee Margo once contributed to her campaign!

So exactly what would make her want to show up all of a sudden when she had been doing such a good job at keeping a low profile? In my opinion it has to be ego or pride. Call it what you will, but try to look at it from her perspective. She arguably went from the height of her power in 2008 to being unseated by an inexperienced candidate with no stance on issues and no other message to voters other than Vote for me, I'm not Norma Chavez.

All around her she sees the Democrats calling in the varsity team to come to the aide of State Rep Joe Moody in his race. Democrats from all over the state have been calling in to talk about Joe. Some have come in from out of town to lend a hand. Chairman Pickett took some time to help out. Probably most infuriating for Chavez, State Rep Marisa Marquez even showed up to lend her support in those crucial final hours of the campaign.

From Moody Mega Walk

Its basically been all hands on deck to help out Moody.

All that is, except Representative Chavez.

In fact, sources in the Democratic Party and the Moody campaign have indicated that Representative Chavez was asked to keep her distance and told that she's not helpful to the campaign. From what I gather, most were taken completely by surprise by her radio appearance and were on pins and needles, literally praying she wouldn't mention Moody.

Chavez probably doesn't know what to do with herself during this time. She's used to being at the helm of a grassroots machine organizing GOTV efforts, cracking the whip on volunteers, shouting a stream of expletives at who ever pisses her off at the wrong moment (usually my homegirl Lily Ruiz), and getting a big group of seniors to the polling places. She's probably not used to being held at arm's length during a campaign.

So why does she pop up at the most inopportune moment while the race is in the balance? Part of me thinks its because she really doesn't grasp how unpopular she is and how potentially damaging an association to her could be for Moody. That part of me says that she just wants to be helpful and has good intentions, even if she doesn't grasp how negative her appeal has become.

The other part of me has a different theory. That part of me thinks its all a calculated move to swoop in during the final days of the campaign and offer a contribution to the cause and set herself up to make the argument that she somehow won the race for Moody.

At any rate, she was told/asked/pleaded with/ begged not to intervene but she just can't help herself. From what I gather she tried to quell some of the apprehensions of the the Democrats by saying she was simply going to go on the air to talk about Democratic Party values.

Personally, I don't know how a Craddick D who brought up her opponents sexuality in an embarrassing spectacle has the nerve to preach Democratic Party values, but I guess that's just me.

From what I'm told by people in the party, Chavez made several comments about the fact that I was critical of her being on the air. Well, I have a very good reason. Chavez's endorsement at this point in her career would costs votes for just about anyone in a tight race.

So what's Chavez's motives for making an 11th hour appearance? It could be ego, it could be pride. Perhaps its a desire to have one last swing at the plate, maybe to try to salvage some credibility to set up a run against Naomi Gonzalez in a couple of years, or is she genuinely trying to be helpful?

Who knows?

She's always fancied herself as a talk show host, so maybe she setting up a try for a talk radio program. She's told me on more than one occasion that radio is her “medium”, but after hearing how she imploded on Talk Radio 1150 during her primary election, I'd debate whether its actually her medium.

As a Democrat, I want to see good people get elected. Representative Chavez, whether she's aware of it or not, is not helping. The last time there were that many people worried about Chavez being on the radio and what she might say was her own campaign staff during her last campaign.

I talked about how the best thing they could do would be to hide her cell phone from her and toss it in to the big smoke stack at Asarco so that she couldn't get it, for her own good. There was even people assigned to watch her so that she wouldn't get on talk radio and say something potentially damaging to her campaign.

Seriously, haven't we seen this play out before? Its bad enough that lack of impulse control cost her dearly in the last election, do we have to sit and watch her do it again?

She no longer has most of the people that helped her in her last campaign by her side and El Paso Democrats no longer have that filter.

The stakes are too high in this election.

Democratic Party Final Push

The Democratic Party had a big final push last night at the Unity HQ over on the near-east side.

Here's a quick slide show of the inside of UNITY HQ. As you can see, Elena White, Bill White's daughter was in El Paso last night making phone calls for her father.

"Remember" This on Election Day!

Dion Dorado Shows His True Colors

For a guy who wrote a pretty interesting comment on my blog last week, you'd think he'd come up with a better nickname thant "el" or "the" for the bilingually impared.

The problem with Dorado's campaign, other than what appears to be a pretty consistent lack of effort, has been messaging. I doubt there was ever really a substantive discussion about campaign messaging and I think Dorado basically came up with things on the fly.

Most of the time that I've heard him speak, which isn't very often because he really hasn't been around at too many events, he simply rambles on and on. Campaign highlights included a big argument with another canididate during the primary, Sergio Coronado, at a west side forum, and saying that it was time for change at another forum because his opponent is old.

I don't disagree. Bruce King is old and I'm pretty sure he's been the JP on the westside since Texas was in the Confederacy. But Dorado is no spring chicken himself and a friend of mine that attended the forum couldn't help laughing when one old man called another candidate an old man.

When he spoke at the Canutillo rally, no one listened and he went on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on, etc ( you get my drift). I had to interrupt him in order to get the mike back from him. In fairness to Dorado, that was my fault. I was duly warned by party organizers to not let go of the mike because he would go on forever and I'd never be able to get the mike back.

After speaking to a few lawyers I found a pretty consistent critique from the attorneys about Dorado. If you've heard be interview people that are running for judicial seats you regularly hear them say the word "temperment" as one the more important, if not the most important, factors in choosing someone for the bench. 

The consistent critique is that he doesn't have the temperment to be an effective jurist. It was consistenly stated by several lawyers that know Mr. Dorado.

So here's a post that someone who identifies themselves as Mr. Dorado says on a previous blog item I wrote:

"What???? Did I step on your toes when you said no one in the party new me and I blasted your self made pitiful image? Or was it when Paul said he wanted some new DJ talent? Your a kid who is a total cangrejo/pendejo...Take a good look at the Precinct I am working. You think I have an easy coast on somebody's coat tail? You think that the Republicans who dominate in most of the area I want to serve will vote for me because they got hit by a Democratic lightning bolt? I paid for my advertising. You didn't. Your not even a member of dues paying unity 2010. If you think running for office is free and fun, try it sometime. You might find that you can't drop everything to walk every street and make your plea for the vote. I should have paid you to be my campaign worker to walk and talk. Maybe it would do your fat body some good. Come by my office and lets discuss your dislike for me. I can certainly do without your vote pal."

If this is in fact Mr. Dorado, it demonstrates the kind of temperment he has. Is this the kind of guy you want wearing the robe and holding the gavel?

You decide.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Moody’s Megawalk - The Last Big Push

State Rep Joe Moody’s last big door-to-door push was over the weekend and some of the El Paso delegation joined him to lend their support to his candidacy.

Moody was joined by State Representatives Joe Pickett, Trey Martinez, and Marisa Marquez.

From Moody Mega Walk

From a campaign perspective, the work that is going to matter in terms of the outcome of the election is mostly done. Whoever wins the race, will probably have won the race based on the work they put in over this last weekend.

But having a good structure of volunteers in place for Election Day to take voters to the polls will be pivotal as well.

One thing is for sure, Moody’s campaign has had the right proxy’s helping out, good safe choices with credibility and appeal.

Here's a slideshow of some of the people that attended to help out the Moody campaign.

Senator Shapleigh Awards Adelante Con Ganas Award to LionStar

Ha! Just kidding. A Republican will win a county-wide election before that happens!

But "Senator Shapleigh" did make an appearance at The Bayou last night to do what he does best, hand out Adelante Con Ganas Awards (ACGA).

Sources close to "Senator Shapleigh" indicate that he gave ACGA's to several people that evening including someone who successfully parallel parked, a guy who washed his hands after using the restroom, "Tiny" the bouncer for exceeding average height for Latinos, etc...

"Senator Shapleigh" is pictured here awarding Mike G, from The Fox Jukebox on Classic Hits 92.3 The Fox an ACGA for playing a song the "Senator" liked.

From The Lion Star Blog by Jaime Abeytia

Okay, by now you know that its not actually Senator Eliot Shapleigh. Its Vincent Perez from Congressman Reyes' office. As you can see, he took time getting the details put together. The campaign button, the trademark orange UTEP hat, and even one of Shapleigh's actual shirts.

From The Lion Star Blog by Jaime Abeytia

From The Lion Star Blog by Jaime Abeytia

From The Lion Star Blog by Jaime Abeytia

From The Lion Star Blog by Jaime Abeytia

Antcliff & Lizarraga

From Burges Candidate Forum

Its pretty much a foregone conclusion how this race is going to end. I know my friends on the right are very hopeful that this race won't be impacted by the fact that there are so many more Democrats in this town than there are Republicans, but this race was over on March the 3rd, as was the race for the State Senate, County Judge,and Congressional seats.

Antcliff is a great guy and a qualified jurist. No doubt about it and no argument from me.

But in the State of Texas, we elect our judges and they serve at the discretion of the people. The People make the decision of who's values best represent the communities.

Antcliff has been appointed before. He's run and lost before and will likely be appointed again if Perry holds on to the Governor's Mansion.

Now let me correct some people that are making a very bad comparison between this race and that of Manny Barraza and Don Minton. First of all, stop doing that because the races are a totally different set of circumstances.

For one, Barraza basically sailed through the primary without much a challenge. Lizarraga had to really work hard to win the nomination in the Democratic primary. Much harder than Antcliff has ever had to campaign because Antcliff was never in competitive races.

Lizarraga took on a strong, qualified, and will-funded opponent. Let's not forget that Lizarraga did something that doesn't happen too often in this town, he beat a Latina female in a countywide race.

The other thing thats different about the races is that Lizarraga is not Barraza. I tried to warn everyone in the county about Barraza and no one would listen. I was ridiculed, mocked, and some people even tried to intimidate me.

The guy tried to represent the Night Stalker for God's sake!

Barraza had a long list of reasons why in my opinion, people shouldn't have voted for him. I'm proud that I looked passed party affiliation and warned people.

That's why I think its completely unfair to compare Marcos Lizarraga to Manny Barraza. In fact, there is very little the races have in common other than the fact that both opponents where White Republicans. The only thing Barazza and Lizarraga have in common is that they have Spanish surnames, are both attorneys, and have a z in their last name.

So I've outlined what is different in this race and the Barraza-Minton race, but let me tell you what will be the same...the result.

Antcliff will probably out perform the other countywide Republican candidates like Chavez,and Besco because he has spent a pretty good amount of money to hold on to the gavel.

To say that any candidate in this town is going to win based only because they are a Democrat or only because of a Spanish last name is lazy analysis. Dan Chavez and Jaime O. Perez both have Spanish surnames and they are going to lose, so the idea that a candidate will win only because of a Spanish surname is simply not true.

Something else that's not true is the idea that people are mindless zombies when they vote. The people that actually go to the polls and cast a vote are higher up on the intellectual food chain than the idiots that never vote. Sure, some people vote for the brand, that is a political reality that I fully acknowledge. In fact, the brand vote will hurt Democratic candidates this year.

But lets remember, you don't vote straight ticket in the primary election and Lizarraga got more votes in the primary than Antcliff did and Lizarraga had an opponent.

Will Lizarraga benefit from straight-ticket voting, sure he will. But he went to law school, passed the bar, served many years as the #2 in the DA's office, etc...

Lizarraga has won the fight he needed to win. On election night he will do the same.

Its not a slight to Judge Antcliff, I'm just callin' 'em like I see 'em.