Adjacent to the Carlos Masso tent at Cameron Park was the Abelardo Gomez tent. Longtime politiqueras Margarita Ozuna and Herminia Becerra flitted like queens between the two tents. Later, when Margarita Ozuna was charged with Election Code violations, Carlos Masso would serve as her defense attorney.
A statistical anomaly showing Abelardo Gomez, Carlos Masso and Omar Lucio receiving nearly identical numbers of mail-in votes, despite widely different vote totals, prompted then Election Administrator Roger Ortiz to say: "They must have all used the same poliquera or group of group of politiqueras."
After losing a bitter battle in the Democratic Primary to eventual DA Luis Saenz, Masso returned to the private sector with a close connection to the 8-liner industry. His nephew Rich Masso, along with Attorney Rick Zayas fell prey to Saenz much-publicized "Operation Bishop," a political, as much as law enforcement operation to appease Bishop Daniel Flores, who had complained that 8-liners were depleting the Catholic collection plates in Cameron County.
We stroll down memory lane with pictures from 2012:
|A van used to transport elderly to Cameron Park polling precinct|
|Election Judge Arcellia Villalon Conferring with Gomez Camp during polling|
|Politiqueras Margarita Ozuna and Herminia Becerra splitting time between|
Gomez and Masso tents at Cameron Park
Vicenta Guajardo Verino, Tomasita Ramirez Chavez, Facunda Banda Garcia, Bernice Garcia, Sara Virginia Perales, Margarita Rangel Ozuna are the politiqueras who go to trial on May 5th. Carlos Masso was representing Ozuna.
|Borrowed from El Rrun Rrun|