I've noticed that a fellow blogger has made it his mission in life recently to beat Representative Lilly over the head with his blog. Jaime Abeytia has made no secret for his love of Lyda Ness and his hatred for Lilly. I like things when they are sporting, so I'm going to even the odds a little.
I know that Ness is working with Jaime and others on a media strategy that focuses heavily on on-line whisper campaigns carried out on blogs and in the comment sections of those blogs. And let's not forget that Ness has made sure that her folks comment and spread nasty rumors on the El Paso Times comment forum section thingy too. They are marking up the proverbial electronic bathroom stall wall.
Ness has proven quite good at keeping her dirty laundry out of the media spotlight. I have a hunch that she's in good with the right people at the right news outlets and has used those connections to make sure she's the shiniest turd in the pageant. But... she doesn't know me and I'm not going to sit by as Theresa Byrd (she's a perfect mix between Theresa Caballero and Susie Byrd) walks away with this one due to a whisper campaign based on allegations that she's more guilty of than Lilly.
Jaime Abeytia has deployed a series of planned attacks on his blog in the last 36 hours or so. The most laughable attack was his questioning of when Lilly was going to "go negative." He forgets that only one candidate has been talking about issues - Lilly. Ness has run a mudslinging campaign form day one and has yet to earn a headline that doesn't center around her throwing of saturated dirt. How could such an astute political observer miss the actions of his own candidate?
What's really at play here is that Jaime knows that Lyda's past isn't all that great. He knows that at some point somebody is going to start talking publicly about the mess that is Ness. I guess I'm that guy. He even had to preface this blog post with a comment on my preface to this blog post (did you get that? neither did I). He's scared and she's scared. They shouldn't be - it's not like the real media is going to report on anything you find here.
Here we go....
Lyda Ness has made an allegation that Lilly is bought and paid for by certain campaign donors. She also has said that Lilly has campaigned using public resources on the 10th floor of city hall. Although, Ness has been reluctant to file a complaint with the Texas Ethics Commission on either accusation. Funny, judging by the document I'm attaching below, she's familiar with the Texas Ethics Commission and its complaint process.
Want to see Ness' introduction to Texas Ethics Commission complaint process? Here you go -Download Texas_Ethics_Complaint_-_SC2803116.
It seems that Lyda once took a lot of money from one single donor and a third of it was from the guy's corporation. I think the "Inc." at the end of the name generally signals that you shouldn't put the check in your campaign account. Nobody told poor Lyda about this. Had she had some background in law, she might have known this when she read the rules governing campaign donations... Oh wait - she's a lawyer! She should have known. Or, did she know and she didn't care? Just think of all the idiots who have run for office in town and not been fined by the Texas Ethics Commission - surely she's smarter than Alex Lozano?!?!?!?
So, while Lyda is off claiming her opponent is bought and paid for, she had people breaking the law in order to giver her money - I wonder what they wanted? Which one of her two faces took this money? At least Lilly's PAC money is legally changing hands. There's some kind of old saying that applies here...
By the way - http://www.ethics.state.tx.us/dfs/COH_delinquent.htm... guess who's a delinquent filer already... Lyda Ness-Garcia. She can't even file a campaign finance report on time, but wants to run your city. Go figure.
What does Lyda Ness think about taxes? It's a big issue and I think most people in her district are concerned with them. The good news is that Lyda doesn't care much for taxes. The bad news is that the government has a problem with her attitude on taxes.
Read the following:
Looks like Lyda Ness doesn't think she needs to pay taxes. Also notice that the government isn't playing the "Ness-Garcia" game. As far as they are concerned she's just "Ness."
I want to ask where Lyda gets off throwing bombs at Lilly when she can't even pay her taxes. What kind of low-life piece of you know what runs for a office where the position has control over the taxation of their neighbors and they won't even pay those taxes themselves.
Check this link out http://www.bipac.net/elpaso/EP_Voter_Guide_Primary_2008.pdf. When asked if she's up to date on her tax obligations, she said she was. Liar, liar - paper pants on fire.
What makes all of this worse is that Ness is a devout tax raising liberal who thinks you don't pay nearly enough, often enough. Too bad she doesn't feel the same way about herself.
Then there's the matter of two lawsuits where the El Paso County Sheriff had to go over to her house recently and try to collect on one of the decisions. It's just embarrassing.
All of that must be coupled with rumors of her being married to two men at once (allegedly - probably not true) and those men are brothers. She's known to have a particularly nasty disposition and fights like Theresa Caballero over any little thing she can cook up in her mind. The general opinion of her in the law community is extremely low - so low that they are circulating emails around hoping to encourage people not to vote for her.
I don't know what the hell my buddy Jaime is thinking going all in for a candidate like this. She's a mess! He thinks I'll look dumb for mentioning all of these problems, but he looks worse thinking they are no big deal. I guess if you follow his logic in this race, Gilbert Sanchez is Jaime's dream candidate. Weird... He could have done better and his only love for Ness centers on the gay issue, which Lilly was on his side to begin with. His credibility is hurt by his endorsement of such a candidate. I can't help but think that Ness will be his second Norma Chavez affair - ending with a fire where they are both burned.
Lilly may not vote the way I want on every issue, but she doesn't have multiple sanctions against her from several different entities. If you're giving points for not getting in a lot of trouble all of the time - give one to Lilly, but none to Ness.