Rep. Peter Svarzbein is exactly who I said he would be. Nothing he has done has been out of character for him. That's why I haven't been picking on him. He's been who he is for the reasons he should be.
You know who's not happy? Jaime Abeytia and the Vince Perez mafia.
Check out Jaime's fit HERE.
Jaime attached himself to the Svarzbein campaign early on. He and his buddies looked at the field and figured Svarzbein would be the easiest to control. All the other candidates were older and more set in their ways.
It wasn't long after Svarzbein announced that Abeytia latched on. They talked daily and Abeytia provided advice and blog cover for him. At one point there was talk of hiring Abeytia as Svarzbein's city staff member. This pissed off other campaign workers and it was eventually nixed.
Abeytia chose to ignore who was donating to Svarzbein's campaign and how they were donating. He assumed that because he was in daily contact with Svarzbein that his influence was on par with everyone else around him. He was wrong.
Money talks. Bullshit walks.
The vote on the historical survey was decided in 2014. Look at Svarzbein's donors. You think he was going to shit on them? You're an idiot if you're going to pretend that somehow his donors don't mean more to him than well meaning volunteers.
Jaime can be pissed, but Susie Byrd and Rick Bonart should be livid. Those two made that election for Svarzbein. However, they didn't fund it. And that's what counts in politics. Volunteers win praise. Donors win influence.
I think Abeytia will soon have his rose colored glasses off when it comes to Svarzbein. It will create a problem for his credibility going back to campaign season. You can't pretend things aren't the way they are because you want your foot inside a candidate's door. At least not if you are a blogger claiming that you are fair and square with everyone (I am not fair at all and will never claim to be). You need to either just blog or just be a campaign consultant. You can't be both and not look a fool.
Svarzbein did what we knew he'd do and he's better for it. The downtown property owners spent their hard earned cash to get him elected and he honored their investment like he's supposed to. If you were stupid enough to think he'd vote any other way than he did - you're an idiot.... and I have some ocean front property in Hudspeth county you might be interested in.