I'll get to the other thing everyone is so upset about tomorrow.
Today, I point you over to Max Powers.
Max brings up an interesting point. Background first.
After the whole "chuco leaks" failure everyone agreed that texts/emails/messages from public officials and employees discussing city business should be available for the public to view - especially if the conversation is conducted on personal communication devices like phones and computers. What didn't happen was the creation of a way for somebody to search those personal devices for those types of communications. Right now the person down at the city who handles the open records requests simply asks the people involved if they have any communications to share. That person - whether it be an employee or an elected official - can simply say "no" and that's the end of the story. There is no way to check their honesty.
The only possible way to find out if they have been conducting business over these private channels is for one side of the conversation to own up to it. In the case Max Powers refers to it seems a Susie minion did just that. Once the minion leaks the text to the El Paso Times (or whoever) they can put in a very specific open records request and those receiving it know they have to cough it up because the other person leaked the communication.
The odd thing is that several of you have emailed me saying that you've put in open records requests for these personal communications about city business and you always get nothing back. It seems they are always fishing in the wrong pond.
When Susie's team wants to find these communications they are batting 1000. It sure seems that the system works extremely well for her team and nobody else. It does sound fishy. It smells fishy. It stinks of a vertically integrated political network that uses their official positions to battle others. More importantly - they use it against YOU and your interests.
How many times are people on Susie's team just denying they have any communications to share when there are communications they should be sharing? After all, there's nothing in place to make them do anything. And without a judge getting involved, there will likely never be such a thing.
As far as what the mayor texted... It's just how things work when an employee has been such an integral part of so many sensitive issues for such a time. Not doing what they did would have just added another case to the pile and taken a lot more money out of your pocket. The former city attorney runs the grave yard - the bodies were all buried on her watch...