Monday, October 15, 2012

Fred Chavez - Truth in Advertising?

A frequent reader of the LSB sent me an email pointing out that Fred Chavez, the Republican candidate running for El Paso County Commissioner for Precinct #3, has a Facebook page that contains some questionable representations.

As you can see in this screen shot of the candidate's page, Chavez appears to be wearing a judge's robe.

Turns out we have 36 mutual friends too. Neato.

The next part is where things get interesting. In his "About" portion of his FB page, it states "Judge Fred Chavez for County Commissioner"

It goes on to instruct the reader to touch #163 or #5. I presume #163 is his number on the ballot and #5 is to vote straight ticket Republican. Which is also interesting because Mr. Chavez is actually listed in Texas Voter Action Network database as a very reliable Democratic voter based on his voting history.

Turns out Mr. Chavez isn't actually a judge. Although at some point in the past he was a Justice of the Peace.  He actually makes that point on his Facebook page. Again if you look at the image above you will see that he clearly states former Justice of the Peace. Yet on his About Fred portion of this page he uses the term "Judge" not once, but twice.

Turns out he might not actually be breaking any rules but presenting himself as a judge. In this case, which is the closest similar case I could find, it looks like a retired judge used the term "Judge" on campaign material and wore a robe as well. Although the facts of the case are somewhat different considering it was a retired judge running for another judicial seat, not a former Justice of the Peace running for a Commissioner's Court seat, so it might be different.

At any rate, he is not a judge. His profile represents him as such. Even on my own FB profile I post that I am a former talk radio personality. I don't want people thinking I still am when I am no longer on the air.

But I guess representing himself as a former judge wouldn't be that big of a deal if it weren't for this post on his FB page from a few days ago:

Its a little problematic when you say you want people to help you "bring honesty to county government" when you are representing yourself as a judge when you are not a judge. Its also hard to say that with a straight face when you are running as a Republican but your voting history has been one that shows Mr. Chavez to be a reliable Democratic voter.

And its further complicated by the fact that if I'm not mistaken, his wife is the same Linda Chavez that was on the Ysleta ISD Board of Trustees and recently pleaded guilty to public corruption-related charges. According to this article in the El Paso Times, Chavez and Mickey Duntley admitted taking bribes for their votes.

Although in fairness to Mr. Chavez, that was what his wife pleaded guilty to and I have no reason to believe that he would engage in those types of acts.

1 comment:

David Crowder said...

Well done, Jaime. Trying to find Mr. Chavez for a candidate forum and I wasn't sure if he was the same Fred Chavez I remembered as JP. Didn't know he was Linda Chavez's husband either. Glad I checked your site.