Scarcely have I ever seen such a fractured Democratic party in any city like the one El Paso has. There are so many factions and sub-factions it's quite hard to keep track of them. It's that way because struggles for power and the misuse of power over the last twenty years has been ugly. And that happened because sadly the best gig in town is being a politician or someone who gets them elected - the stakes are very high. (I wrote "sadly" because non-elected jobs in town that pay well should be much more plentiful.)
The rank and file, non-connected, local Jose SixPack spoke with one voice... it screamed "VERO!!!" There is no doubt about that. However, the leaders of all these different factions are either pissed they lost, pissed that another leader didn't support their candidate or pissed nobody kissed their ring hard enough for long enough.
In the coming months you'll see how certain factions are going to move to wrestle some control over to their side. With a couple of offices at the city level coming up for a vote, you'll see them all trying to put their candidate in. The fractures within the party will grow.
What won't be a problem for quite some time is the heir apparent for the TX16 house seat. Vero is going to be there at least 8 to 10 terms if I guessed her age correctly. This logjams all the political hopefuls below her. The best you can do is run for mayor and that's not even a partisan race.
I can't figure out if the lack of the prospect of one day representing the area as a member of congress creates a lot more tension or takes it away? Your Cesar Blancos, Vince Perezs, Claudia Ordazs and a few others have peaked - they've got nowhere to go. They've got to get real jobs or play that game where they just trade off every few years. Maybe it's a good thing and brings stability with less shifting upwards?