|Mike Hernandez III, (Photo by Miguel Roberts,|
The Brownsville Herald states: "OP10.33 also has a political action committee. Hernandez said he has no interest in being a “kingmaker” but won’t shy away from backing local candidates for elected office if he thinks it will move things forward. His backing of Raul Villanueva and Ed Rivera in their challenges, respectively, to Ralph Cowen and Sergio “Tito” Lopez on the Brownsville Navigation District Board did not pay off."
What Mike Hernandez III did not say, nor did Steve Clark report is that OP 10.33 actually backed FIVE candidates in the recent local elections, losing all five races. Yes, they backed losers Ed Rivera and Raul Villanueva in the Brownsville Navigation District elections, but also backed losers Daniel Pizana, Tony Juarez and Beatriz Hockaday in the Texas Southmost College races. In all, Hernandez spent $140,000 to influence these elections, losing every single time.
|Carlos Marin, at Recent Meeting of United Brownsville|
(Photo by Nena Barton)
Local voters seemed to take notice of the attempted outside manipulation of their elections and, for once, pushed back hard. Perhaps, this had something to do with local bloggers almost unanimously exposing the attempted manipulation, but, another factor was the fact that Hernandez aligned himself with Carlos Marin of Ambiotec, Inc., an individual recognized for two decades as trying to control local elections and city boards for his own personal benefit.
It was Marin that penned the Imagine Brownsville Comprehensive Plan, selling it to the City of Brownsville for $900,000. The plan, never implemented, sits on city shelves like an out-of-date comic book, its pages yellowing.
Mike Hernandez III says his interest in Brownsville and Cameron County is purely philanthropic. As the Brownsville Herald reported:
“I don’t have a dog in this hunt,” he said. “I’m not down here to make money. I make my money in Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and in Austin — in the major markets, not down here.”