Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Leila Melendez & Bad Money

Candidate for Ysleta Independent School District Board of Trustees Leila Melendez was featured in an article by the El Paso Times recently that centered around her contributions.

Specifically a check she took from someone who was in the public corruption scandal, Bernardo Lucero, Jr.

Lucero was involved in the bribery movida with Sal Mena.

Click on this link to go to the story in the El Paso Times.

As you can see, there is this really interesting little tidbit in the article.

In an interview with the Times on Friday, Melendez said Lucero is a friend of her husband's. She said she didn’t know about the corruption case.
There's a few things that should be of major concern in those couple of sentences. First, her husband is friends with a guy involved in a bribery scandal?

And second, and much more disturbing about a school board candidate...she didn't KNOW about the corruption case?

Are you kidding me? I don't know whether to be angry or laugh. This lady is trying to say with a straight face that she feels she's qualified to sit on the Ysleta Independent School District Board of Trustees - but she DOESN'T KNOW about the biggest scandal to hit this town in the last 20 years?

A scandal that undermined public trust in almost every level of government from school boards to the County. She wants to be on the school board and she doesn't know about a bribery movida that happened primarily at the school board level?

That fact along should be a disqualifying factor.

She's either lying, which should be a disqualifier, or she's painfully uninformed about a major issue that has had an impact on the office she seeks.

There's no defense for it. None what so ever.

As if that wasn't bad enough, she goes on to say in the article that "I think I'm going to have a conversation about this and likely return the funds..."

Ya think?!?!?!?!

What is there to think about? Are you so ethically challenged that you have to actually think about it? She was better off just returning the money without comment.

And what does Lucero have to say about it? He says he gave her the money because he thinks she's "the best qualified."

Seriously, someone convicted for public corruption thinks you're "the best qualified"?  That should set off a lot of red flags.

But what is worse than that?

A school board candidate that wants to be elected to represent constituents that pay taxes for public education supports charter schools. Seriously, who thought this lady was a good candidate?

Paul Pearson needs to be replaced, no doubt about it. But not by Melendez. Not by someone who is connected to someone in the public corruption scandal, or didn't know about such and important issue, and supports charter schools.

Thats why I am supporting Cruz Ochoa. Ochoa made a run off last time and almost beat Pearson. He's the right person for the position.

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