Congressman Reyes has had the fire at his feet for the last several days here in El Paso. KHRO 1650 AM talk shows have been jammed with calls decrying the Congressman’s usefulness to El Paso.
Most of the heat comes from a concerted effort by members of the Shapleigh camp to weaken support for the five term congressman. I believe this coordinated attack was launched at a time when most everyone had moved past the fact that Reyes was named Chairman of the Intelligence Committee.
What started as an attack by people from one democrat faction quickly spread into an all out beating from anyone who could dial a phone. Defenders of Reyes were called names and accused of being on Reyes’ payroll.
I contacted the NRCC in Washington immediately to let them know that the Chair of the Intelligence Committee was getting cannibalized irrespective of his high profile committee assignment. They were extremely thrilled to hear about the development and said they would get back to me on possible strategies to keep the whips cracking.
Large amounts of criticism were being piled on in the name of Ramos and Compean. Reyes has not been supportive of them in the past, but earlier today made a move that will probably quell the rebellion.
Reyes wrote a letter asking the president to commute their sentences. This should be good enough to get a lot of folks off of his back. He’s now acted on the behalf of his constituents and that leaves a lot of people with nothing to say.
I do, however, think that the angry feud between Shapleigh and Reyes will continue. The feud has been boiling for a few years now and was compounded by Reyes’ refusal to openly support Shapleigh in his bid to defend his Senate seat against Republican Dee Margo.
Look for more fireworks as the summer rolls on.