Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Party Releases Formal Letter Rebuking Reps Gonzalez and Marquez

This is probably going to send Max Powers scattering to post a flurry of comments, which should be entertaining all by itself.


El Paso County Democratic Party Denounce Marquez and Gonzalez

State legislators Marisa Marquez and Naomi Gonzalez are two of the youngest, brightest and most effective lawmakers that have served El Paso at the state legislature. They both have overcome obstacles and public doubt and hold much promise for continuing leadership for El Paso and the state; however, in a season where extreme elements of the Republican Party have a super-majority in the Texas legislature, Marquez and Gonzalez have taken upon themselves to risk their integrity, reputations and credibility to support a "lock step" Republican nominee in the candidacy of Dee Margo instead of the viable, proven Democratic nominee, Joe Moody, for the position of District 78.

It is important to gain as many Democratic seats as possible to combat the Republican budgetary attacks on our schools, teachers and systems; the rollback of support for medicaid for our underprivileged children and elders; the attack and roll back of funding for our healthcare facilities and doctors; the denial of women's reproductive rights, sonogram bills and the refusal of federal funds to provide more healthcare to a state that has more uninsured citizens than forty six other states. The Republicans and candidate Dee Margo in particular created and voted for an oppressive Voter ID law and produced racially discriminatory redistricting plans that both have been stricken down by federal courts.

While local, petty and personal reasons may be given to oppose Joe Moody, that is no excuse to jeopardize the forward motion of an entire state and to betray the principles of our party. Perhaps there is another unspoken, unwritten motivation behind this treachery-MONEY. While in the past Marquez and Gonzalez have voted predominately the party line, perhaps one of their donors, knowing that Margo is in danger of losing his seat, has called in its markers. Texans for Lawsuit Reform (TLR) contributions to these two may have finally come home to roost. It is apparent that under these circumstances that both Marquez and Gonzalez may eventually have to become "R"epublicans in order to stay politically viable.

Party officials such as Precinct Chairs, County Chairs, State Democratic Executive Committee members (SDECs), State Chair and National Committee members are subject to "Removal" for supporting Republicans.
Article III, H of the Rules of the Texas Democratic Party state:
H. Removal From Office For Endorsing Opposing Party or Candidate
1. A Party Officer shall be removed from office if during the current term of office such officer publicly supports or endorses an opposing party or nominee of an opposing party, a person seeking the nomination of an opposing party, or a non-Democratic candidate seeking an office in an election which candidates may file by party affiliation and a Democrat is seeking the office in question.
2. The terms "publicly supports" and " endorses" shall include, but not be limited to, serving on a campaign committee; giving financial support, including contributing money or its equivalent such as equipment loans, services or supplies; willingly and knowingly allowing the officer's name to be used in any kind of letter, public endorsement, news release, or advertisement; or actively soliciting votes by making a public appearance or a door-to-door solicitation of votes.
3. The following procedure shall be used for removal of a Party Officer:
(a) A complaint may be filed only by a qualified voter who must be a Democrat and who resides in the political subdivision represented by the subject officer.
(b) Complaints concerning a State Party Officer or SDEC member, a National Committee member, or a Senatorial District Chair or a County Chair shall be filed with the State Chair. Complaints concerning other Party Officers (except convention delegates) shall be forwarded to the County Chair.

Surely, elected officials who are disloyal and who betray the common trust to the party, its constituents and candidates should suffer some sort of rebuke and/or censure.

With deep regret and profound disappointment in the actions taken by Marquez and Gonzalez and the decisions they made in this situation, we, the County Executive Committee of the El Paso County Democratic party, publicly admonish, rebuke and censure them and all other Democratic officers, elected officials, candidates and nominees who publicly support, encourage and/or endorse; or, willingly and knowingly allow their names to be used in any kind of letter, public endorsement, news release or advertisement in support or endorsement of any Republican or other political party when there is a qualified Democratic nominee also vying for that position.

We therefore denounce these actions and request from the State and National Parties that any privileges and benefits accorded Marquez and Gonzalez as Democrats be removed and their party affiliation be anything other than "Democrat".

Moved, voted upon and approved this 9th day of October, 2012.


Rick Melendrez
El Paso County Democratic Party Chair



Anonymous said...

Why is it OK for the Democratic Party to endorse the Rep. Barbara Carrasco over the Dem. Beto O'Rourke? I dont understand? Someone please explain. Isn't this whole Naomi/ Marissa controversy essentially doing the same thing? This is the ultimate hypocrissy within the local democratic party and quite frankly the reason nothing ever gets accomplished here. Its time for you children to grow up, take responsibilty and learn the art of effective compromise between the two party system. Reach across the eisle and learn how to effectivley govern...maybe then El Paso Dems will be taken seriously.

The Lion Star said...

Its NOT okay and I have been one of the loudest voices in the Party going after them for supporting a Republican over our nominee since they first started doing it. Go back and check.

I am consistent here. The difference is that none of those people are elected officials. Two are Party Club presidents and should be removed for their support of the Republican nominee. Alex Guzman and Blanche Darley. I have no problem saying it. There is a mechanism for the Chair of the Party to take action against those within the Party that have done so.

Max Powers said...

I am not mad. You should though, Jaime. Did the El Paso Democratic Party ever rebuke:

- Carlos Aguilar
- Luther Jones
- Betti Flores

Among others...and those people actually committed crimes. Marquez and Gonzalez did nothing more than say something nice about Margo, exactly what you did with Minton.

You actually have a school district on the brink of being seized by the state - most of the school board if not all are Democrats - and you are worried about a mailer.

Don't get too much a grin, Jaime. You had nothing good to say about Melendrez and party as whole when he got elected.

But Mark Twain said it best:

"To lodge all power in one party and keep it there is to insure bad government and the sure and gradual deterioration of the public morals."

"Look at the tyranny of party -- at what is called party allegiance, party loyalty -- a snare invented by designing men for selfish purposes -- and which turns voters into chattles, slaves, rabbits, and all the while their masters, and they themselves are shouting rubbish about liberty, independence, freedom of opinion, freedom of speech, honestly unconscious of the fantastic contradiction; and forgetting or ignoring that their fathers and the churches shouted the same blasphemies a generation earlier when they were closing their doors against the hunted slave, beating his handful of humane defenders with Bible texts and billies, and pocketing the insults and licking the shoes of his Southern master."

The Lion Star said...

While I am flattered that you constantly compare me to the two Reps, I should point out, yet AGAIN, how its an irrelevant comparison.

Maybe I need to write it in crayon.

But they are electeds and I am not. And if you are going to try to make the comparison, do it right. I not only said nice things about him, I held a sign at my precinct for him, along with President Obama. I was right and still stand by it.

But what I especially love is how you try to draw the public corruption scandal in to the conversation. When the Democratic Party has jurisdiction over legal matters then you will have a point. Until then, you don't.

Then you make an even more asinine statement. Hate to break it to you up but since I've actually looked up the voting history of all the school board members, I know for a fact they aren't all Democrat.

Nice try though.

Oh, and way to include a timely political quote from Mark Twain.

Nicely done.

So since we are including quotes that are irrelevant as fuck, let me respond by saying, "To infinity...and beyond!" - Buzz Lightyear.

Anonymous said...

Jaime, you are hillarious. Or should i say Buzz?Melendrez is now in the game because he is NOW pleasing the hypo of Robledo. Someone please remind melendrez what they were about to do to him prior to him taking himself off the limelight & getting on the Moreno & Chavez bandwagon...WHAT A JOKE -Melendrez was voted in after he was a crook & a liar, like many others - but yes that is El Paso -if you bring down someone,& run them thru mud & cheat taxpayers to pay for your schooling,You are praised! Go El Paso!!!

Max Powers said...

Ah yes, the refuge of the scoundrel..."BUT I AM JUST A BLOGGER". You're right you are not elected. Which means you are not held accountable or responsible for anything.

Oye, mamon, re-read what I said about EPISD board - MOST, if NOT all. I did not make a declarative.

Regarding the corruption and jurisdiction...that's a cop out. Even Democrats in El Paso actually held their own accountable to ethical and moral standards - rather party purity - then the FBI would not have to set up show here.

Your boy Moody on his website - Joe authored and passed HB 2086, heralded as "sweeping anti-gang legislation" by Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, which will diminish the impact of drug-cartel and transnational gang activity - ...WAIT A SEC... OH NOES DEWHURST IS A EVIL REPUBLICAN AND COMPLIMENTED A DEMOCRATS BILL...that's totally okay when Republicans compliment Democrats. Especially Dewhurst, right?

U mad, bro?

The Lion Star said...

Lmao, a person who just comments, using an alias, as the nerve to talk about being held accountable.

I see why you quote nonsensical comments now.

Don't taze me bro

Anonymous said...

Does Max Powers have a blog? I'd love to read it. He is making sense

The Lion Star said...

How about it Maxwell? Looks like you have fans...

Anonymous said...

I wish the "old" Jaime was still blogging. The "new" Jaime is too corporate. I still visit because we have what? 2 blogs in town? a pro nafta weekly and the lame Times? God help us.

Anonymous said...

Precinct chairs are elected officials. Reyes endorsed and supported dee margo against elliot shapleigh. Is reyes endorsing and supporting barbara carrasco for the 16 th congressional seat over beto? norma chavez through the years has supported republicans and even voted for republicans. paul moreno always endorsed pat haggerty. The list goes on and on. All those precinct chairs helping barbara carrasco can be thrown out.