If you read the EP Times you'll see their story on the EPISD board's move to go forward with an audit of Byrd's actions in her dual role a board trustee and Vero's campaign manager. The only got quotes from Al Velarde. Al is squarely now on team Vero because he knows the consequences of not being there.
Velarde thinks the audit would hurt the public's trust... Some of you want to respond with - "Public trust? Didn't know had any of that left. Thought we were fresh out of that since 2006."
The general public thinks the arrangement looks bad. That doesn't mean it is bad. Remember - there's a difference between "looks bad" and "is bad." The El Paso Times tends to play the "is bad" card when it benefits Vero's team. There's zero chance the El Paso Times covers this story if it's a unanimous vote and nobody to quote to protect Byrd. You got this story so that they could start a narrative that says we shouldn't question our government... because digging for the truth would make people not trust government....
Yes, you read that right. That's the insane narrative they are feeding you. Just like the time they told you saving children's lives was a bad thing and against the law (speed bumps in front of a school). That's where you are in El Paso these days. The media is so under the spell of one faction that they will tell you crazy things like up is down, Chico's Tacos is good and traffic on I-10 isn't that bad.
Do I have to tell you that an audit that sheds light on the activities of an elected official is never a bad thing? Where's Jaime Abeytia screaming for transparency on this one? Seems his love of transparency is less than consistent.
Hopefully y'all will see through this...
On another note... You have to wonder what the outcome will be. Do you remember when the big open records request around the ballpark vote happened? We didn't learn too much from all those emails. They were mostly just silly.
However, our elected officials learned something. They learned not to use email. All conversations went underground. Even county and city staff stopped using email for anything other than the mundane. Anything important is delivered by means that can't be tracked by the public.
So you have to wonder what the outcome will be here. Will elected officials shy away from being campaign consultants while holding office? Or will they just figure out a better way to hide their involvement in campaigns?