The voter fraud lawsuit thingy is gone. I'm still not sure what's really going on and what the allegations exactly are. I do know that my attorney buddies advised me that a suit alleging criminal activity doesn't belong where the plaintiff's filed it. In fact, they needed to have the criminal part proved up and prosecuted first to carry on with the civil side of things.
I'll agree with Max Powers that the "celebrating" by the Vero klan was odd. It's as if they were giving a nod to the idea that there might be something there and that they got away with one. As if there was something there to still win. It was a frivolous suit pulled by those who filed it. The reaction is just odd given there was no way it would affect the outcome of the election. It's like a football team up by 50 dancing at the 50 yard line because the other team's challenge to the spot of the ball was denied... that just wouldn't happen.
I know a lot of you are shocked at the outcome of the primary election. I know what all the polls said. I also know what happens on the ground in these elections. Polls are meaningless when you have neighborhood machines pushing zombies to the polls. No amount of negative advertising is going to sway the zombies. The trick is to buy the local "Patrons" who herd the zombies to the polls. Those not on team Vero immensely underestimated how she would accomplish that task.
Dori's problem was that her campaign team wasn't steeped in local primary strategies. They thought it was a normal election where the court of public opinion was where the fight would be. What they should have been doing is handing out cold hard cash to the Patrons for their support. Vero understood this and executed the plan flawlessly.
The Queen remains the Queen.
I do have to question what's going on over at EPISD with this special bond management group. Local contractors are up in arms over the award of some major contracts to a firm called "HB Construction" that is supposedly local. Real local contractors say it's a New Mexico company with an empty office downtown. What's worse is that I've seen bid documents where HB probably should have been kicked out for having a non-responsive bid (leaving costs blanks that shouldn't have been left blank).
I don't mean to put HB down, I'm sure they are a fine company... but if there's a question of whether they are local or not and certain bid amounts aren't filled out, it's incumbent upon this EPISD bond management team to take the right steps. The real local contractors are wondering a few things:
- Are they too dumb to understand that the bid was non-responsive?
- Are they being influenced in some way to overlook the obvious problems with the bids?
- Who do they have to pay to get some work around here?
The EPISD bond went to the voters and passed. The bond issue was then used against Dori by Vero and Susie... which was weird because Vero and Susie supported the bond. Well, the negative talk around the bond has put a dark cloud over the whole thing and now you have the public pulling out their reading glasses to examine the fine print. They do not need questions surrounding the contract awards this early on.
The key is to go by the book with the first few hundred million so the public gets comfortable. It's the last hundred million you do the illegal crap with because everybody has been lulled into a sense of false security. I read about a lot of those embezzlement crimes and the guys who get away with it for the longest time are the ones who didn't skim from the pot at the beginning - they waited.
And my point is that I don't expect this bond oversight group to be ethical and follow the rules - this is, after all, El Paso we're talking about here. I'm merely suggesting they do all the dirty shit on the downhill side as to not blow their cover so quickly. I'm not expecting them to be good. However, I'd appreciate it if they were at least good at being bad.