The El Paso Times is still patting itself on the back over this Rep. Romero case where he did what his constituents asked him to do and helped protect the lives of children. You can read their opinion piece HERE.
Why is nobody asking why the 60 question from Ross Fischer have come so late in the process? This guy is going to get a day to do his "investigation" and then show his results to council. Something doesn't make sense here. What has he been doing the rest of the time?
How come nobody has mentioned that the Public Integrity Unit cleared both Rep. Romero and the city manager of wrong doing? What about the investigation done internally by city staff? No wrong doing. Now you have an outside "investigator" trying these guys again. When does it end?
In politics you have to know the line between "looks bad" and "is bad." Everything done here looks bad, but no laws were broken. The investigative force with the ability to prosecute someone for corruption - Public Integrity Unit - already reviewed the case and said nothing was there. At what point do we give the real detectives the benefit of the doubt?
In other news - Larry Romero ain't answering shit. Your tax dollars were wasted on a publicity stunt/PR consultant for the city attorney and mayor. The only person who gained ground here was the city manager. He's got an awfully good wrongful termination and defamation suit the city will have to pay. So add another zero or two to what Mr. Fischer is getting paid.
This is the equivalent of you punching a brick wall and breaking your hand to prove how tough you are - nobody thinks you're tough and your hand is now useless.
And when exactly is the El Paso Times going to realize that they inspired the same conduct they are complaining about? They say a city employee acted without the consent of council and that the selection process for a new vendor was not needed and unfair. What happens next is the funny part - The city attorney provides a vendor that is not needed without going through the proper selection process. Oh boy... Am I the only one who thinks this is hilarious?
You do have to blame council for the power the mayor and city attorney have. They've never stepped in and asserted their authority. They just bicker back and forth in hopes of somehow polishing their tarnished images.
Vanity, as you're about to find out, is very expensive.