I like throwing things out there to see what kind of response I get when it comes to candidates. You don't always know who's backing who and what their agenda is. That's why it's important that I whack a candidate with a stick every once in a while to see what comes out.
(Note: It's campaign season again and I'm offering up a deal that would have me be your consultant for the year for $5,000. That means I can't write about you for an entire year. If you think you might not want me writing about you - this may be worth your money.)
We now know that Svarz-muy-bein is supported by the anti-downtown crowd. The folks commenting fall into the anti-ballpark/anti-progress crowd. The "Friend of Peter Svarzbein" group was created so that Svarz-muy-bein wouldn't have controversial names on his own campaign finance report. Let's face it, there are just some donors in El Paso who don't want to be seen on the same list. This was a sneaky move to mask who Svarz-muy-bein's actual string pullers are. He's in the pocket of those who would like to get back to building crappy little houses on crappy little lots without having to build any crappy little parks. He would dissolve the PSB and sell their land to tract home builders for pennies on the dollar and hit you with water fees every year to make up budget shortfalls. In a sense, he is trying to destroy El Paso. Which is cool if you are into that kind of thing...
I think it is odd that some of you defended the practice of a candidate running his entire campaign through his exploratory committee. Imagine if a presidential candidate did that. It would be questioned. Why can't this guy be trusted with his own campaign dollars? Why should he be trusted with your tax dollars then?
The answer to the question here, again, is that his donors don't want to be seen. They'd also like to control the campaign function and messaging. Svarz-muy.bein has no say over what the "Friend of Peter Svarzbein" group does with its money. Right now you could go down and file to be a group called "Best Friends of Peter Svarzbein" and raise and spend money getting him elected... or not elected (you have to check the box that asks if you are for or against the issue on the form). Svarz-muy-bein would have no say over what you did with the money you raised.
I'm all about doing things differently. However, in this case it's fishy. It's a local election where at most $100,000 will be spent. It's a short run to election day and playing games with something so simple is a sign of things to come in a candidate.
I think its strange the media hasn't asked him about this.
It's also funny that none of you noted a $900 donation from the restaurant/bar Eloise. It was made to the specific purpose committee and I'm not completely sure if that's okay. It may be, but you guys usually bring that up. Martin Paredes still wants Steve Ortega beheaded in a public setting over an issue that came up years ago and was fixed to the liking of the Texas Ethics Commission. It's interesting he's so quiet about such things when his own candidate may be doing the same thing.