I'm shocked that KVIA actually covered this story HERE. Yep, that's a negative story for Susie and Vero. You only read/hear those here. Everybody else is either too afraid to speak up or under their thumb and won't say anything.
Now if you read my buddy Jaime's blog you'll know that he loves to claim everyone he doesn't like has a "conflict of interest" related to what they do, or who they know. It's funny he's never really picked up on this one.
To be clear - nothing illegal is going on here. This is a case of "looks bad" instead of "is bad." You people like to invent laws to prosecute people for things that look bad, but aren't actually bad. You might remember the whole Texas Ranger investigation into the city manager for saving children's lives with a speed bump outside of a school. On second thought... that doesn't even look bad. It's just funny. And then it's scary that Byrd had so much power over the El Paso Times she could convince them that saving children's lives was not only a bad thing, but criminal thing. Say that out loud to a stranger and see what they say back to you.
Vertical integration is a way streamlining a process to make it work better, faster, easier. You want this in your business. You do not want this in your government. Your top elected official should not have a coordinated line of blind followers in office all the way down to the dog catcher. This is how power is consolidated to the point voters are no longer anything but spectators to their own fleecing. You can't run new people for office because the integrated team in office will use the power of their office to keep them off the ballot or at the least defame them to the point of having to leave town. Football dynasties are cool. Political dynasties are not.
What you don't know about his story is that Susie has pissed off EPISD staff and board members by turning their entire mission into screwing over Dori. Dori resigned, but that hasn't stopped Susie from trying create fires at EPISD she can blame on Dori. She is also apparently using her position on the board to strong arm different education associations and agencies into pledging their support for Vero. This has been reported time and time again to me from folks inside the building.
You are not best served having someone's campaign manager playing gotcha politics with their position as an elected official. And don't think for a second that it's not working - Byrd has the entire board scared shitless. Those men wouldn't even say a cross word about the ordeal to the reporter. The board member that did speak is basically a dead woman walking. She'll be out of office in a few weeks if not a few days. You'll find her political career in a shallow grave out by Red Sands. You don't fuck with Byrd.
She's also going to have The Super fired and her friend at EPISD that came over from the city put in his place. Don't you worry. She's already put all her old city friends in high places at EPISD and isn't stopping until she owns the staff at all of the highest levels. (You may know that at least a few of those transfers from the city to EPISD were the folks who didn't do the math right on the quality of life bond issue.)
That's not a good look for you. That's not a good way to have a responsive, representative government that works for YOU. You need a government that is made up of individuals, not teams. Independent thinkers - not soldiers.
Think for a second about running for office. Say you wanted to put your name on the ballot because you could fix some problems you see around you. Say you have a kid who sits first chair in the high school band. It'd be a real shame if your kid lost his first chair status because you didn't ask the right political faction permission to run for office...
You may think I'm exaggerating here, but I'm not. Pay attention to the character assassinations that have taken place over the past three years. The only way they have been able to rule with an iron fist is to be vertically integrated from the seat in Washington to the dais inside that building on Boeing.
You have the power to vote yourself powerless... Think about that for a minute. And then don't do that.