The EP Times’ editorial page finally figured out that there’s a fractured Democratic Party here in El Paso
What Muench concludes is what I’ve always known – Reyes still owns the party here in town. Shapleigh’s supporters are louder and more in our faces, but that doesn’t mean they are more powerful.
Whatever their problem with each other is, it better go away soon or they risk giving rise to a third group that will sink them both. This bickering among “kingmakers” is only going to lead to the rise of yet another “kingmaker.”
I detest the moniker “kingmaker” because it’s B.S. Candidates are either worth electing or they aren’t. Jackasses like Luther Jones have no bearing on whether or not someone wins elections. He just happens to hang on and around elected officials who will let him… to their detriment. He’s not the only one in town. Those like Jones who have sought to have undue influence over local politics in the past 10 years have just about worn their welcome out.
City manager form of government, several candidates running for the first time in the last election and editorials in the paper talking about “kingmakers” are signs that the influence is dead. The only thing left to rectify, as least for the democrats in town, is the split in the party that these “kingmakers” created.
Somebody needs to check their pride and start working with the other side. Otherwise all these characters are going to find themselves with only the power to demand a burger at Applebee’s.