You will remember that the Shapleigh Campers spent months trying to fire the city manager and failed at that. They had the El Paso Times and a blogger whipping that issue constantly and still couldn't get it done. I think the writing was on the wall when local blogger Jaime Abeytia at first claimed that the many of El Pasoans were angry at the city manager's raise and then none of those people showed up to council to voice their concern. In fact, 99 percent of those who showed up to speak about the city manager raise supported him. It came out later in Rep. Claudia Ordaz's text message dump that Abeytia and others had lied about the public calling offices in anger over the raise. The opposite was true - Ordaz admitted she got a single call on the matter and it was in support of the city manager. The point is - they miscalculated public support for their sinister plan. Turns out the masses aren't dumb and tend to know who is the good guy and who is the bad guy.
It was no a coincidence that both the El Paso Times and Jaime Abeytia were in lock step with the latest favored political baby of the Shapleigh Campers. Abeytia claims everybody writes about him, but he's mistaken. While he is mentioned because he puts to digital paper what he's told to write by his bosses, he is not really the subject. We're talking about a group of people who use a multifaceted approach to getting their way and he happens to be an outlet for them. We are not criticizing Abeytia at all - it's his puppet masters that are the problem. If anything, Abeytia is a victim here. We talk about Abeytia in the same manner that you have to talk about car when speaking of driving.
The Shapleigh Campers, led by the County Judge in this matter, miscalculated the public's opinion on the Black Lives Matter movement after the tragedy in Dallas. Even though the shooter was not affiliated with the BLM movement, many people held a dim view of the group. When the chief of police was asked what he thought of them, he voiced an opinion that may have been controversial and even wrong in some people's eyes, but it reflected what many in the public were feeling. Right or wrong - politicians are subject to the thoughts and feelings of their constituents.
For some reason the Shapleigh Campers were just sure that El Pasoans were going to embrace BLM and shun the police chief after his comments made to reporters. And that's where they messed up. El Pasoans are Democrats, not liberals. Those are two totally different things. El Paso's Democrats aren't Democrats because of the social issues. I'll just leave it that. The Shapleigh Campers should have known they weren't going to get much community support.
Their initial reaction was to take to social media to complain about the chief. That didn't create the buzz they were looking for. It wasn't long until that morphed into an open letter. Far from creating a buzz against the chief, it awoke the many people who feel the way he does about BLM and shit hit the fan for the Shapleigh Campers. Elected officials were reduced to arguing with constituents on social media in a losing battle where they were outnumbered and outgunned. (It didn't help that they had their facts wrong about there being a local protest by BLM which was actually a vigil held by non-BLM groups.)
The chief's proponents didn't stop at just Facebook fighting, they went analog and had people calling city offices to voice their anger. Emails and petitions followed as well. By Monday afternoon it was very apparent that the move to humiliate the chief backfired and ended up in the humiliation of the humiliators.
The mayor, who is a political novice compared to the Shapleigh Campers who want him gone, made the moves of an experienced politician - he waited until he had a true grasp of what had happened and then acted. In short - he thought before he acted. His action was to ask why the Shapleigh Campers failed to even call and ask the chief to clarify his words. Instead they went straight to a public affairs campaign aimed at bashing him. That doesn't sound like something mature politicians do - it's what desperate, divisive people do. I can't shine enough light on the fact that the Shapleigh Campers were crying for unity in the community, but actively trying to drive a wedge between the police chief and all humans. Hypocritical to the point of comedy. And let's not forget that they were calling a black man racist against black people. If it wasn't so sad, it would be fall-on-the-floor funny.
The mayor and city manager came out in support of the chief and the Shapleigh Campers just had to sit there and take their medicine (again). To add insult to injury, the chief released a statement that doubled down on his original statement and gave the warning that he wouldn't be a political patsy for elected egos. Game, set, match.
Shapleigh Campers then started pouting like John Kerry in the media and on social media. It won't be long until they enter the next stage John Kerry of grief and call their constituents "stupid."
Here's a little hint for the Shapleigh Campers - Unless you're living on the coast (either one), you don't hug the protesters after five cops are murdered. You hug the cops. Your constituents would hug the cops, so you need to hug the cops. You represent people, not lead them. You're not a leader, you're a representative. When you stop representing, you get fired via the ballot box. Stop telling people what to do and start doing what you are told. It's called "public service" for a reason. It's really that simple.
Also, you might give me a call sometime and run some of these things by me. You guys used to do that and were sailing pretty well for a while. Y'all stopped calling and now look what has happened.