This isn't illegal.
It's just straight-up stupid amateur kid games.
This is a recording of an altercation between campaign staff that involved the camps of Tolbert and Annello but Jud Burgess was largely the catalyst.
The consultant for David Saucedo / Jim Tolbert / Sam Morgan, Chris Hernandez got busted posing as a concerned citizen at a forum and didn't disclose that he was actually an operative of Jim Tolbert. I'm told he did the same thing for Sam Morgan at a candidate forum in the northeast in which he led an attack on Diana Ramos.
The game being played here is an old one. You plant someone in the audience to ask a softball question for your candidate or to whack the opposition. Not illegal, just sorta dirty pool.
But mostly, it's just stupid. Normally you get someone no one will recognize, not an operative that loves attention. Which is Chris' problem. He forgets the candidate should get the attention, not the VAN monkey.
So here's what happened - Hernández tosses a softball to Tolbert and pretends to not know Tolbert. When Jud Burgess starts to answer, Hernández cuts him off and basically calls him a failure because the ethics complaint that he filed against Tolbert was dismissed.
Which is complete bullshit and Hernández's bullshit is going to bite Jim in the ass. Hernández implies that it was dismissed because the complaint lacks merit. Uh, no vato. It was dismissed because Burgess was alleging a crime. I told Burgess publicly that if he felt so strong about it he should take it to the DA, but he basically wanted to pull a Tolbert and file the ethics complaint for attention.
But, ultimately it went to the DA and now Jim Tolbert is the subject of a criminal investigation. No matter how Tolbert's Spicer tries to spin it. The Texas Rangers don't investigate expired parking meters or jaywalking. They want people to believe it's not a big deal, but it's way more than what Larry Romero was accused of doing. And more importantly, it could lead to a vancancy in office and a special election at your expense.
During their back and forth, Commissioner Stout's staffer Alberto Halpern called out Hernández for his little movida. Halpern is dating Alexsanda Annello, an opponent of Tolbert. Hernández briefly worked for Stouts campaign until Stout upgraded to the varsity team.
In the back and forth between Hernández, Burgess, and Halpern you can hear Hernández deny that there is on on-going criminal investigation of Tolbert. Listen for yourself, you don't have to take my word for it.
And the spin from Tolbert's camp? He hasn't been interviewed or charged yet.
As if either of those points means that there isn't an investigation.
Oh yeah, one more thing. Take note of when shit hits the fan. You won't hear a peep from Jim Tolbert. He'll bitch about not getting a free steak, calling a constituent an asshole, and not getting enough credit for something, but when he and his operative are busted...cricket, cricket.