You have to read all the blogs to gather all the clues in order to solve the crime... or the puzzle... or just figure who's scared they can't win an election.
Read Jaime Abeytia's latest blogpost is HERE.
For those of you who haven't kept up, Abeytia is now back on loan to team Judge Escobar. His boss, Commissioner Vince Perez, was using Abeytia's blog to beat up on Escobar a while back, but they (Vince and Veronica) have since called a truce and are working together now. Why? Because they've made a deal.
Rep. Beto O'Rourke runs for Senate
Count Judge Veronica Escobar runs for O'Rourke's seat
Commissioner Vince Perez runs for County Judge
Pretty damn simple plan. Well, that was until Mayor Oscar Leeser's name got thrown into the mix for the O'Rourke's seat. That is a no bueno situation for the Shapleigh Campers (of which Escobar is a member of - just in case you are new to town). Leeser won big time over a Shapleigh Camper when he took the Mayor's office. The shocking thing was that Leeser jumped in last minute, made no real reference to specific policies he supported/disliked and didn't do any walking, but still easily won. Name ID is very powerful.
Now, Escobar and friends could just call the mayor up and ask him to kindly piss off and go back to selling cars... but that's not their style. They've got the El Paso Times in their pocket and they're doing their best to slander the mayor. Slander him to the point he quits politics. And they've got Abeytia to add the pressure the Times can't because on a blog you can say almost anything you want with no need to provide proof or even have logical argument to back up your thoughts. The problem is that just doesn't look that good for team Escobar. Playing the blog game never ends well because not all the bloggers are on the same team and eventually the other team bloggers start fighting back.
Let's examine Abeytia's Earth shattering claims against Mayor Leeser. Also, notice that Abeytia now a 100 percent direct mail guy. He's the new stud in town when it comes to mailing voters hard hitting, life changing piece of campaign literature. I remember when I had my first beer too.
Claim #1 - Mayor Leeser is public enemy #1 with the Texas Rangers (not the baseball team).
First of all, El Pasoans really don't give a shit about politicos under investigation or even connected to convicted felons who were brought down in the corruption scandal. You've got people still in office who were knee deep in that crap and it's never hurt them once.
Second, the Texas Rangers have been ASKED to investigate. I went HERE and talked to several lovely people who told me what I told you a few blog posts ago - "we've asked the Texas Rangers to investigate" is our version of "wait til your father gets home" - It's a threat that is usually not backed up with much action. The three different people I talked to all echoed "we get a lot of requests from all over the state to investigate many suspected crimes, but we simply don't have the resources to investigate them all." Anyone can ask anybody to do something, that doesn't mean they'll do it. You can ask the KGB to come investigate and then put that on a campaign mailer and your candidate would win in a landslide... or not.
Escobar's camp doesn't want to get into a fight over investigations. The public would love to know where the investigation is on how the county hospital and children's hospital were run for a decade and why the money doesn't add up. I've got a picture in my head of a whole TV, radio and print campaign centered around those problems. And anyone whose ever run a campaign knows that tax dollar issues are winners unlike nonexistent wonky investigations into meetings where too many people with the right title attended. I can just see Jaime's mailer now "Mayor Leeser had a meeting with too many city council members!!! He's evil!!!" Yeah, that's not going to work.
Claim #2 - Leeser should have beat an 80 year-old woman to the ground with his bare hands instead of calling the police chief
This is just stupid. Jaime's other boss, Rep. Claudia Ordaz, texted the city manager demanding he remove her opponent's campaign signs and Jaime has never said a word about that. A simple email to a department head would have sufficed, but Ordaz went to the CEO of a 6,000 person corporation to have him personally help her campaign by hurting her opponent. I'm calling for the Texas Rangers to investigate!!!! Just kidding. Poor Jaime can't see his own hypocrisy here. And I'm sure Ordaz right now texting Jaime "WTF?? That asshole gringo is picking on me again!"
From all the accounts I have heard, Leeser was not the aggressor here. The aggressor is a not so popular former council member who garners no sympathy from the public. Put this on a mailer and people will take Leeser's side. What was he supposed to do? Beat the shit out of an old lady? Also, any incident involving the police and the mayor is going to involve the police chief. Any incident with a city council member will result in a call to the police chief. It's protocol. During the Wilson era I was privy to several incidents involving elected officials where the chief was notified as a courtesy.
I also know for a fact that several members of council (past and present) have dialed the city's top cop repeatedly for bullshit incidents. And let's not forget one power couples's "do you know who I am" moment in the parking lot of a Texas based fast food chain. Does Jaime really want to fire the first shot in this battle? Does he really want the Sheriff and County Judge's communications brought out to the light for the entire world to see? Because if that mailer drops, Leeser's people are going to go there and you don't want them going there.
Abeytia's attempt to bully/scare the mayor out of running for congress may backfire on Escobar. If I were her, I'd want to run a clean race. There are too many people dying to spill the beans on the county hospital/childrens hospital debacle for her to be casting stones at others. My advice is to keep this a boxing match instead of a street fight.