An underground political genius shared the plan with us over dinner at a local Chinese restaurant.
"The Democrats have a master plan to continue to control the tax assessor's office despite Yzaguirre's indictments," the pundit claimed, while chomping on an egg roll.
"You see Tony got over 10,000 votes in the primary, from Democrats who either didn't know he'd been indicted or didn't care. Either way, it wreaks of Brownsville," he continued.
"My good friend, Leo Lopez, has already entered the race. Another friend, Jessica Bradford may soon declare. Why even Raul Lopez, we hear, is contemplating entering as a write-in candidate. None of these write-in candidates would declare a party affiliation," the savvy vet offered.
"What's wrong with that?" I asked naively.
"I'll tell you what's wrong with that," the man continued, getting a bit riled up. "They will split the vote and Yzaguirre will be elected as a Democrat. He already got the vote of 10,000 dummies the first time."
"Yes, but Yzaguirre will likely be serving a prison sentence and be ineligible to fulfill his office," I countered, trying to sound intelligent.
"Well, that's my dad gum point. The Cameron County Commissioners Court would then appoint David Betancourt to serve out the term as tax assessor. The old boy has been asking for a raise since he got in office as County Treasurer. The Tax Assessor position pays substantially more. Betancourt gets the raise he's been whining about for years."
"Well, who fills Betancourt's position as County Treasurer? I asked from the edge of my seat.
"Well, let me put it this way," the wise old political head continued. "Would you rather make tortillas for a living or draw the cushy salary of the County Treasurer? The commissioners will appoint John Villarreal of City Commission and La Milpa Tortilleria fame to replace Betancourt."
"So, by doing nothing, the Cameron County Democrats get good old boys in two important slots. What else do you want to know?"
Saturday, March 12, 2016
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