I guess El Paso is still going to claim that the cartel problem is still a problem "over there" and not "here" even though one of the highest elected officials in the county just pleaded guilty to being a part of the whole mess.
I'm sitting in DC with a steady stream of people coming by my desk asking me how people in El Paso could elect a drug dealer. I told them that El Paso had a boxing match and that proved there were no problems in El Paso. They tried to have me treated for a stroke after I said that. They said that's dumbest thing they've ever heard and reminded me that not only is El Paso next to the most dangerous city in this hemisphere, the cartels had placed their guy in the local government!
It's kind of hard to explain to them that the cartel problem is a Juarez problem when they bring up facts like that.... I really didn't have a comeback for that. I don't think I ever will.
So no matter what you think that boxing match did for you city, remember that in DC I was asked about your elected officials with cartel ties and not the stupid boxing match you paid $500,000 to have. Any good news about El Paso was forgotten today when the Gandara story hit the wires.
Way to go El Paso! Good thing I was actually born in Dallas.