Boy, I have heard from all of you on my post about Dee Margo announcing for mayor. My buddy Jaime Abeytia sent me a funny text and even followed up with a whole post on the Margo subject. I heard you, but I don't think you read me correctly.
Here's what all of you need to know - I NEVER SAID DEE MARGO WAS GOING TO WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
There's a big difference in pointing out how it was smart to get in early and some of the other things Margo has going for him and declaring him the winner. Just because a guy says UTEP has a good defense this year, doesn't mean they are winning a national championship.
Again, announcing early and getting your ducks (supporters and their networks) in line is a smart thing to do. However, without knowing who else may run and a myriad of other factors I can't even imagine at this point - means I can't declare Margo the winner.
What's weird is why all of you are so worried about it... Makes me think my assessment inspired some fear in you guys who are hoping your buddy runs.
Jaime makes a few points I'd like to take up here.
- Ted Houghton is not running. Even if he did, he's no worry to Margo. If Jaime thinks Margo is disliked - he obviously doesn't know squat about how Houghton is viewed. Just go back to some his shenanigans on state boards.
- Donald Trump is not turning Republicans into Democrats. The party at the local level is fine. You don't become a Democrat because you don't like the nominee one year. It's ludicrous for him to even make that statement. Especially when the treatment of Bernie Sanders has done actual damage to the Democratic party.
- He still thinks the Lower Valley matters in elections - it doesn't. Population shifts above the freeway and the disbursement of voter concentrations have been a fact for that last few elections. And if they are so hardline party affiliated - why did they vote the Republican Oscar Leeser in over the long-time well connected party guy Steve Ortega? With no straight ticket option the game changes drastically.
- Don't forget that Leeser was elected after Obama was reelected for the second time and angry conservative and middle right voters showed up in the very next election to voice their anger. Democrats, content with another win, didn't show up. Remember what happened after Obama was elected the second time - Senate Democrats were crushed in mid term elections and Republicans added to their already large house majority. Republicans are going to be boiling mad when Hillary gets elected.
I'm interested to see who else starts talking about running. Could Shapleigh jump in just to keep is arch nemesis from being mayor? Does Shapleigh have the same magic he used to have? I can list a ton of things with his name on it that have cost taxpayers a ton of money. And let's not forget that he has zero Shapleigh Campers at the city right now. Has that team been diminished overall? Is the dynasty done?