The naysayers were handed another election loss last weekend. Sadly, some people were surprised that a character like Mike Armstrong couldn't win. You have to wonder if these people are stupid or just very optimistic... either choice is not good for a struggling political movement.
The idea that the baseball stadium was some kind of turning point in El Paso politics has been proven wrong again and again. Leeser beat Ortega who didn't even cast a vote on the issue. Limon won by a hair and likely couldn't get 30 percent of the vote today. Both of those wins were pure name ID wins. Nobody knew where they stood on the issues and nobody cared - they marked the name they knew.
Since that election every single anti-ballpark candidate has been slaughtered. Voters in every single district have told them to go pound sand. Hell, Holguin couldn't win his own council district in his bid for County Judge.
Of course, when your candidates are all tax delinquents and collectors of DWIs and misdemeanors, it's hard to win the voter's trust and thus win a race. And their candidates are getting worse - not better. You have to wonder if they are shopping candidates outside the doors of the county jail.
Rumor has it that Limon knows her goose is cooked. Without Holguin on council to tee her up, she's a bump on a log and her constituents are already antsy. A second recall effort will likely take her down and then the council will be poised for a a super majority that will take the mayor out of all decisions at all levels. The naysayers will have been eliminated completely.
I see the next election being run on a candidate's support for the ballpark. I see them all claiming ownership of the project. I don't see the naysayers... at all.