Monday, September 26, 2011

Grijalva Weighs-in on Tejano Dispute

Robert Grijalva, staffer for State Rep Chente Quintanilla and long time member of the Paso Del Norte Democrats did something that frankly should've been done a long time ago.

He attempted to deal with the antics of Blanche Darley. In this email to Blanche Darley, Grijalva attempts to be the voice of reason and stop a dispute between Blanche Darley and the chair of the Paso Del Norte Tejano Democrats.

As I previously wrote, members of the PDN Tejanos stated that Blanche was trying to recruit someone to run against Robledo. In her response to this email Darley stated that she doesn't have an issue with the Chair, but also didn't deny recruiting a challenger.

The Tejano Democrats meet this week for elections.

Here is the email from Robert Grijalva to Blanche Darley:

Good morning.  Our chapter of Tejano Democrats was formed at the same time that the state wide TD was formed.  Ours is the flagship chapter in El Paso.  Founding members included some of the most highly respected El Paso Democrats.  For almost twenty years, the chapter has been highly respected by our office holders and candidates.  Every endorsement meeting that we had would be filled to the limit.  Many have tried to minimize our influence but have failed; the most notable being a former state rep from south central el paso.

The conflict between the Chair and the Treasurer is hurting our standing in the political arena.  From where i stand, the conflict is an between the two of you.  It is not a rules issue or a parliamentary issue.  It is a clash of personalities.

The members of PDNTD elected the officers to perform their duties in the best interest of the organization.  The issue of memberships and voting is resolvable by the officers working together.  The conflict at the highest level of our chapter is undermining the integrity and strength of the chapter.  The continuance of the conflict will do what a certain former state rep could never do.

The standing of our chapter is much more than just an organization; it is part of Texas History because of how, when and who created it.  Tejano Democrat Chapters will be the key to getting more Hispanics to vote and if we are percieved as dysfunctional, our efforts will produce nothing.

I hope that these thoughts help end the conflict before Tuesday and we have an orderly process of electing our leadership.  Thank you for taking the time to read this.  My concern is exclusively for upholding the standard that was handed to us by the founders.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

So, when do the local democrats start telling us Blanche is really a Republican and always has been?