|Alex Torres, Nena Barton, in front of|
VA Outpatient Clinic in Harlingen in 2012
At the time, Torres, was campaigning for the Texas House of Representatives, District 38, a race he eventually lost to Eddie Lucio III, 71% to 25% with Libertarian candidate Nancy Mishou garnering 4%.
Weeks earlier, Torres had been accosted at a Brownsville Cheezmeh forum by Ron Lozano, described as an "Eddie Lucio III thug." Here are Torres' words recorded in this blog in 2012:
"This guy got into my face about capital punishment and some other things. He invaded my personal space. I mean I don't allow people to get jaw to jaw with me. So I asked Erasmo and anyone to get this guy off of me. I first asked a reporter from Matamoros, then I saw Tad Hasse, who I recognized. He was nice enough to help me get out of that situation.
Yes, Ron Lozano. He's what I call a conspiracy theorist. He always wears a ball cap and sort of a military coat. He's done something similar at City Commission meetings in Harlingen. He kept trying to start something. Then, Robert Uresti joined us. He told the guy to get out of here or he'd call the police. Some people wanted me to file a police report, but there's no need."
We've not visited with Torres much lately, at least until yesterday's phone conversation. Here are a couple tidbits we left off our report:
Torres stated that he mainly promotes Hispanic candidates.(Trump is obviously the exception.) We asked him his view of the two recent Hispanic Republican presidential candidates.
|Senator Ted Cruz|
Torres stated that he had no interest in Marco Rubio, but was somewhat interested in Texas Senator Ted Cruz, that is, until he met him at a campaign event and learned he does not speak Spanish.
"Can you imagine an Hispanic candidate who does not speak Spanish?" Torres asked.
In the comment section of yesterday's article, Alex Torres engaged in some give-and-take with other commenters, further revealing his viewpoints, attitudes and ideas.
Torres made comments that seemed on the surface to be racist:
"Calling me a liar...your papers are lying, can not wait for TRUMP to win to throw you over the wall, you wetty"
Alex TorresJuly 12, 2016 at 6:22 PM"Spoken like true anti Catholics....go to your holes in Mexico"
Alex TorresJuly 12, 2016 at 5:42 PM"Again I remind you... anytime any place, put your fist where mouth is ...I will take on you anonymous cowards...big words hiding behind your keyboard..come show your faces, you bunch of wetbees"
While some commenters assumed Torres references to "wetties" and "wetbees" was a variation of the racial slur "wetbacks," Alex says that is not the case. Here is his spin on the matter:
"I don't use wetbacks banter...wetty means wet behind the ears (I am calling you rookies)...but go ahead, this coming from a Anglo Cameron County party..I embrace my culture and I am proud of my heritage...'QUE VIVA CRISTO REY'"
The Brownsville Observer refers its readers to a modern translation of St. Matthew, Chapter 24, Verse 15: "Let the reader use discernment."
In another blog comment by Alex Torres, he seems to feel that Brownsville has too many bloggers:
"this is a blog, one of many in Brownsville...one of to many in Brownsville. So smile and know that I tried but at the end of the day I can not be part of your conversations on this blog...Jim will be happy with your extra comments, it is blogs like his that keeps some of you informed, thank you Jim for serving the greater good. So I bid you farewell and ask for the Blessings of GOD upon all of you.
Did Alex just say that there are "to(sic) many blogs in Brownsville?" Which blog or blogs would he recommend cease operation? Are there too many blogs for the population or simply too many for his liking? Is he suggesting a Cameron County Blog Review Board?