The biggest thing to happen on Easter since Jesus rising was the engagement of County Commissioner Vince Perez and City Councilwoman Claudia Ordaz (at least in the El Paso blogosphere and local Facebook circles). Congrats to them. I wish them a very happy continued life together.
And that should be it. It's really none of our business past that.
Leave it to the El Paso Times to insinuate that their future union is somehow unethical and could lead to something bad. Leave it to the El Paso Times to state that with absolutely no basis for their theory.
"The couple's recent engagement could raise the question about a possible conflict of interest."
Are you kidding me?
They followed that bullshit with this fact:
"However, under state law, there is nothing that prevents a County Commissioner and a City Council member from being married and serving on their respective seats."
Which should have read "No law exists barring a married couple from serving as elected officials concurrently." You only write "under state law" when there's actually something under it.
Anywho... back to the point.
By inserting the first sentence I quoted they put into their readers' minds that something could be wrong with their situation. It's the insinuation that creates the false belief that bad things are happening where they are clearly not happening. This was an asshole move by the El Paso Times and I can't seem to understand their motives for anything right now other than to invent a scene of corruption circa 2006 where no such scene exists.
Sure, we bloggers made fun of their relationship here and there. We went as far as to say Ordaz ran for council so Perez could achieve his dominance over the two the strongest parts of local government. We were joking. We never wanted to give anyone the impression that their relationship was unethical. Did we want it to seem like Perez told Ordaz what to do and when? Yes. But how is that different than any other politician who has someone advising them on their next moves?
Besides... they've been together for a long time - they're only making it official now. If there was some kind of problem with two electeds sharing a bed - we'd have very frequent elections in this country.
Again - a bullshit move by the newspaper to create doubt where there should be none.
Ordaz and Perez need to tell Jaime to tell Bob that wasn't cool.