|Mike Hernandez III Touring El Jardin Hotel|
(photo by Miguel Roberts, Brownsville Herald)
Mike's initial effort to skew elections at the Brownsville Navigational District and in the Texas Southmost College trustee election has simply been a public relations disaster littered with rookie mistakes likely fueled by bad advice.
Our January 5, 2016 blog article revealed Hernandez to be a successful car dealer in Dallas. We quoted in totality platitudes from his OP 10.33 Facebook page promising to "support only candidates, regardless of party affiliation, who show proven results generating funds from the prospective government agencies in their purview and to support new candidates who show the ability to do so. Also, to STRONGLY oppose any candidate who does not."
These giddy words, innocuous at face value, suddenly became malignant with the revelation that OP 10.33 had hired none other than Brownsville nemesis Carlos Marin, who has for years played city boards to pour coin into his engineering business, Ambiotec, Inc. and also pledged to gift United Brownsville $2,000,000. These obvious red flags proved Mike Hernandez to be out of his element.
|OP 10.33 Puppets, Ed Rivera & Raul Villanueva|
In financially backing Rivera and Villanueva, Mike Hernandez is attempting to unseat longtime BND board members Ralph Cowen and Tito Lopez. None of the candidates have spoken with any clarity on the elephant in the room, LNG. A decade or so from now, the Port of Brownsville may be littered with a super structural and chemical cleanup they cannot afford, from a number of abandoned LNG sites.
|TSC Trustee Candidate Daniel Pizana|