Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
The Election is not over--there are still votes being counted in South Texas!
My good friend, Congressman Solomon Ortiz, is currently locked in a race where the vote between him and his opponent is separated by .8% of the vote—that’s POINT EIGHT PERCENT. He can make it through this recount, but he needs our help.
Congressman Ortiz has been standing up for South Texas for over 28 years, now lets stand up and help him fight back!
Help me raise $50,000 by Noon on Monday for the Ortiz Recount Fund.
Please click here and make an immediate contribution of $100, $50, $25 or even $10 directly to the Ortiz Recount Fund. Congressman Ortiz had my back when I was in the White House and now we have to have his back as he battles to ensure every vote is counted! I traveled to Brownsville in October and had a chance to see all that Congressman Ortiz has done for the district. He’s been fighting for the working people of South Texas from his days as Constable all the way to Subcommittee Chairman for Military Readiness. Ortiz has delivered and will continue to deliver once all the votes are counted.
Help me deliver for Solomon Ortiz by making a contribution of $100, $50, $25 or even $10 to the Ortiz Recount Fund.
Let’s not give up before this election is over! Solomon Ortiz needs us to stand with him and send him back to represent us in Washington DC.
P.S. Help me help my old friend Solomon Ortiz by contributing $100, $50, $25 or even $10 before Noon on Monday. Your support will ensure all the votes are counted.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
While District Judge Marisela Saldana is “Soul Searching” in Las Vegas, Solomon P,. Ortiz has also ventured to a distant place – a much further place: China, according to sources. Ortiz is trying to get his son, Solomon P. Ortiz Jr. (who just lost the State Representative seat to Raul Torres, Republican) a high executive job with a company doing business with the U.S. Military. The contradiction is that the petition for the recount was not filled properly and his focus is elsewhere.
Ortiz had to shift gears – why? The depths of his dedication! He, according to insiders, needs to take care of those family and close friends to his network stay afloat financially amidst the crisis sparred by the disillusion of the November 2 election. It was a crushing Republican sweep.
The spiritual ills of the modern Democratic Party even at the national level are observable. President Barack Obama did not want to meet with Ortiz in China even after a special invitation. Many at that level point out that Obama senses the vibes directed at incumbent Democrats – especially Ortiz who is lobbying for his help in trying to overturn the eleciton. Furthermor,e Ortiz’ political network, keep in mind supported Hillary Clinton on her bout for president, not Obama. The socio-political distance is growing more profound and expected to be more weighty in the next few months.
Ortiz’ former chief of staff Lencho Rendon, and behinds the scenes powerbroker who started his own corporations and a major business network under the unbrella of LR GlOBAL (Lencho Rendon Global), cannot afford to have Solomon P. Ortiz Jr. on his payroll. This is one of the reasons cited explaining why Ortiz Sr. is “burning the candles at both ends” before his term expires at the flicker of the first of January of next year.
Despite the fact that Rendon is making about three million dollars off Ortiz’ connections, he cannot afford to be lifted to a plane of and maze of mirrors spooked with bad public relations. Rendon has too much to lose at this juncture. He’s creative power has always been effectively executed mostly in “backstairs” deals and furtive rooms, according to some that have caught a glimpse of negotiations.
Some claim a man by the name of G. Ybarra is Rendon’s “bagman”. At least this is the tittle-tattle within the orbit of those in the bon ton and “In The Know” of this jumble: taking business to China and lobbying to get business for key persons within the Ortiz’ tight network. Some as far as Washington D.C. are claiming they have been asked to invest anywhere from $100,000 to move than that in order to try and get China’s business connections.
Some claim records show that Rendon was on the payroll of Austin Texas’s Attorney Rosenthal. He (Rosenthal) is a high profile attorney that word circulates in tight circles and core elite gossip that Rendon and his network ran cases for him. This has not been verified. But if there is other pertinent information many a media entity would welcome it.
However the influence of this man has propelled the intial phase of a “hand count” of election ballots in the Valley. Many are asking: “What would drive Solomon P. Ortiz Sr. to believe there are 3000 quesitonable votes?” … Other veteran political observers and analysts that are familiar with the landscape and voting rigmarole point out that the Valley of South Texas still uses hand ballots. “There can be a high degree of relative variablity as to the manner and quaility of those ballots are deem to be striked out or added to the final tally. There might be a variable of regional interpretation… who knows?” one source said.
As for incumbent Congressman-elect Blake Farenthold, he has appointed Anna Maria Jimenez (who was appointed to serve as Nueces County District Attorney by the governor) to his administrative transition team and she is expected to play a major role in his new alliance. Some observers are calling it: “A major mistake. As an administrator of the DA’s office, she was been described by some top Republicans as ‘incompetent.’ Her inordinate reorganization of the DA’s office resulted in a major public relation nightmare for the office. This was the final staw for many republicans who had previously had some confidence in her. ”
A local businessman said: “I am a staunch Republican, but Anna Maria Jimenez in my opinion carries this dark cloud of controvery everywhere she goes. I feel Steve Ray (the political consultant for Farenthold) has brought Anna Jimenez in too far into the Republican Party. Ms. Jimenez was an appointee by the Governor. If anyone should have won in the November 2nd eleciton, it was her.”
“Even successful candidate for District Judge Angelica Hernandez said in a previous converation: ‘She (Anna) brought this upon herself.’ If anyone with such a close-knit relationship says that about Ms. Jimenez, it seems to be chiseled into one’s memory” another confidencial source detailed.
“Ms. Jimenez does not belong in our party – her ideals are not quite ours. Her brother, who is an attorney, I am lead to believe benefitted from her being in the DA’s office. A case in point: The arrest of a man caught selling drugs (associated with Dorann’s Home Health in Robstown) is an issue that I’m concerned about. The man who was caught selling drugs there openly at a main street medical supply office in Robstown was quickly represented by Jimenez’ brother – who even provided him with special consideration during his detainment. This cause is still before District Judge Nelva Gonzalez-Ramos. these are not the values of the party. In my humble estimation. Ms. Jimenezis a thorn and a cancer to the party. As for Ms. Jimenez I feel she has come across as being very unethnical,” an Hispanic Republican opined. “She seems to need Anger Management Classes. On September 27 she was caught on video at the parking lot at TARGET’S around 11 a.m. She was having an altercation which was associated with domestic problems. She has this inexplicable impulse to leave things off wack. It would be a huge mistake to have her run for anything again as a Republican. She is a huge liability – she has conflict ofinterest in the DA’s office and is ineffectual.”
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Gracious God, we pray for the people of this nation, especially our region of South Texas:
For those recently elected to office, award wisdom to rule and administrate wisely, end authoritarian policies, and pass changes that profit all the people;
For candidates who lost in the elections, grant wisdom to carry on their work for the well-being of the area;
For the people who participated in the election, we give thanks and pray that their courage and hope to accept the fruit in a transformed area;
For those who feel removed and disenfranchised and alienated in the election, we lament and pray that systems may be humanized and spiritualized and renewed in ways that include all;
For our sisters and brothers in Christ, we offer gratitude for their true to life service and urge that they will carry out good judgment and valor, optimism and love, and all they require for the living of these days;
Inspire the leaders, people, and friends of the NUECES, KLEBERG, and so forth to order their living so that justice and fairness and integrity flows like water and peace prevails.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
EDITORIAL: “SINCE WHEN HAS THE FIL VELA-RENE RODRIGUEZ FACTION been interested in Robstown and its surrounding area?”
“SINCE WHEN HAS THE FIL VELA-RENE RODRIGUEZ FACTION been interested in Robstown and its surrounding area?” – This Is The Question Being Asked.
Nueces County, TX -- Since when are they (the FIL VELA/RENE RODRIGUEZ FACTION which is now a new power within the Republican Party) interested in the larger Nueces County region such as Robstown, Texas and other satellite towns?
The answer: “Only on Election Season.” Robstown has had lots of battles – historically; this faction has never been around to use its resources to address many of the problems.
Since when have they been involved in the socio-political and economic development battles and concerns of Robstown? Only when this “faction” is running judicial candidates for office. In fact it was during the 90s when Fil Vela and René Rodriguez first ran some young Hispanic female attorneys for judicial office?
Now it all makes sense. The women candidates sponsored by Vela/Rodriguez ran were not affiliated with the Hispanic Civil Rights Movement nor the Raza Unida Party (or what was left of it). It was not really the Democratic Party, and surely not the Republican Party (at that time, they considered it as the party of ultimate vendidos – sellouts). These women were associated with the radical wing of the Feminist Movement (NOW). In fact, Nanette Hassette and others donated funds to that unique cause. Other women were used to run and enervated and then thrown in the disposal shelf such as Diana Martinez.
Back then: Vela/Rodriguez fought with other factions within the Democratic Party. They went as far as to label the original KUNO radio “Comentarios” (not the present station) and the Coffee Club (founded by Ray Madrigal) as: “the place where Republicans and sellouts hangout.” A particular radio Spanish Talk Radio Show (airing via KUNO Station) was recruited as a media mouthpiece to validate and reinforce their carefully crafted propaganda messages.
Rodriguez, back then as he is now doing, was just a front piece instrument for a much more significant player – Phil Vela Jr. (eccentric son of the late Phil Vela Sr.). Vela was the clandestine money man: the outlandish “behind the scenes” architect of this power grab.
What they leave the Democratic Party (“Republican need to know this tidbit of information” – a few insiders claim)? This faction would demonize most of other candidates that were not within their network of control. They would hire so-called high-paid "consultants" that were really hecklers to target other Democrats. This very tactic has mysteriously resurfaced (but now being commissioned by the Republican Party).
When they faced financial competition from Attorney and politico Mikal Watts, who began to bankroll hand-picked Democratic Party candidates, this faction blasted him with “both barrels” as many specialists remember. “They wanted him out of the picture to be able to control the Democratic Party in the region.”
The faction did accomplish the above but severely segmented the party to the point it was not effective anymore. The only sizeable and real identifiable faction now left is the Solomon P. Ortiz Sr./Lencho Rendon faction. As for Phil Vela Sr. and his wife (Rose Vela)? They turned Republican for expedient reasons. They needed to begin anew; to use a readymade organization to continue their mutual endeavors.
Vela, recruited Mike Bertuzzi to run for Republican chair (and unseat the real conservative) so he would be able to posture himself in a superior manner. Vela engaged in pretentious benevolent gestures: he paid for the rent and other expenses related to the operation of the Nueces County Republican Headquarters. Additionally, the Velas opened their Ocean Drive home to the upwardly mobile and, of course, the bon ton members of the Republican Party. It goes without saying that their social class status did not differ much from the latter. Fil Vela used to comment: "It's funny how social class can transcend even political parties at certain gatherings."
The germ had been embedded. Vela, who had been raised in a politically astute family, (his father was the late Federal Judge of the Valley: Filemon “Fil” Vela Sr), had Trojan-horsed his new political virus. His wife, Rose, ran for the 13th Court Of Appeals as a Republican and won. Local Republicans as well as Valley ones felt empowered. Beforehand, she had been elected District Judge while running as a Democrat.
This election season Rene Rodriguez (Vela’s side-kick and business partner) decided to recruit – again, using the same previous political recipe -- Hispanic women lawyers to run for office: Angelica Hernandez, Amanda Torres and Anna Maria Jimenez. Instead of using the former KUNO Talk Show host (who is semi-retired now) as their main media spearhead this election cycle, they turned to a self-labeled CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER to put out their message and attempt to reach the sizeable Hispanic Population, especially Robstown, Bishop, Agua Dulce, Petronilla (areas which have function traditionally as a voter bloc): a significant voter bloc that can abruptly swing an election.
Remember that the so-called senior Republican, County Judge Loyd Neal, mid 70s, does not want any major economic development for Robstown area nor the Fairgrounds. He has his own network of interests and sites made up already. Neal was a major decision-maker in recruiting Vela and Rodriguez to attempt to capture via this brokering deal a large portion of the Hispanic Population vote. The Loyd Neal Republican candidates want to “tail-coat” themselves in behind this faction as one Republican Strategist told El Defenzor anonymously. "What upsets me is listening to hired hand and former Democrat Susie Luna-Saldana using the racial card to target Anglo Democrats. She uses words such as 'El Gringo Mike Skurka' and 'El Gringo Ray M.' and 'La Gringa Jenny Dorsey.' This incoming faction is cheaping the image of our party. Racial animosity is being used to instigate hate against Anglos associated with school board races and running for District Attorney and other offices. This sounds too Rene Rodriguez style. What will the future hold for our party? Will we, the Nueces County Republicans, be associated as the new bigots?"
If the Vela/Rodriguez’ faction (or “girls” as they are tagged jestingly) all win for office, they will control a larger portion of the core group of the regional Republican Party. In essence, a Republican victory for this faction will equate to more power and influence for Vela and Rodriguez and respective network members of the Republicans.
“Will the Vela/Rodriguez faction end up dividing the local Republican Party as they did with the Democratic Party?” – this is the question that lingers in many a political activist. “Is a vote for the Vela/Rodriguez Faction for positive change?”
Thursday, October 21, 2010
CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERS ASKING ROLAND GARZA TO RELINQUISH HIS CIVIL RIGHTS HAT:
CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT BEING SOLD TO SOME REPUBLICANS FOR PROFIT?
NUECES COUNTY, TX – ROLAND GARZA, who served as a CIVIL RIGHTS coordinator, has TURNED REPUBLICAN and has become a “Hired Gun” for some candidates associated with KNOWN HATE GROUPS. Records reveal GARZA is being paid thousands of dollars for being a “consultant”. But are his “intellectual skills” and “social organizing” skills being utilized to help them? No, he is functioning mainly a hired heckler, a hired to intimidate and humiliate Hispanic Democrat Candidates at forums and debates and/or launch attacks on his media program. He is also trying to cloak extremists as being "Hispanic Friendly."
The problem is that ROLAND GARZA is using his “civil rights hat” and associated Hispanic and minority base “popularity” to help organizations and individuals that have “hitched horses” (so to speak) with “anti-collective bargaining” groups and troublingly with known hate groups (as classified by Government entities) such as the JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY (the equivalent of the Ku Klux Klan but without the hood – an organization that has a history of supporting segregation), with known members of the Minuteman Organization (anti-Latino, anti-Immigrant group). On a regular basis you see the local leader of Corpus Christi chapter of the John Birch Society (Chuck Bernett) putting up signs and attending functions along with Roland for Republican candidate Angelica Hernandez . It goes without saying that what is wrong with this picture is perceptible on a daily basis; it can be summed up in one sentence: ROLAND GARZA needs to immediately relinquish his “Civil Rights hat” and engage in the politics of his choice. It is his right to join with tagged HATE GROUPS – but he has not right to drag the emblem of civil rights that history represents diligent and sincere struggles into the sludge, into the grime of own selfish expediency and financial profit.
What Roland Garza is doing is reprehensible – the CIVIL RIGHTS CAUSE cannot be compromised one minute longer. Garza associating with known hate groups and movements in addition to attempting to deceive the public that he is still a civil rights leader is disconcerting. It breaches all sense of propriety and decorum -- what he is doing is sleazy, revolting and is a Judas Kiss: an insult to many a person that put his or her life on the line in the human rights stuggle to create a more egalitarian and representative society.
What ROLAND GARZA IS DOING not only drains the young new generations of HISPANICS AND MINORITIES and the OPPRESSED of their true being: it also tries to fill them with desire to be somebody else – strangers like GARZA, who have packaged and “sold-out” the cause of many generations of Civil-Rights for a profit. Garza is trying to establish a bad precedent. Just because he is caught in a trap, rejecting the scared principle of “Never Sell-Out The Cause” in the community, does not permit him to drag others into his own abyss of becoming a divided person inside.
Joe Ortiz, civil rights Coordinator for the American GI Forum said: "I am so disappointed that Roland Garza is doing this. I trained him with the intention of helping the community. He knew this movement for Human and Civil Rights carried a lot of responsibly and good judgment. This position should never be used for personal gain and should never be associated with Hate Groups -- who have harmed or continue to harm out community. He should immediately dissociate himself with any civil rights movement. My question is -- "What civil rights group has appointed him? He is a rogue activist who get paid to advocate for them. It is discrediting out movement."
How did ROLAND GARZA end up on the other side of the “fence of principles” he used to espouse? He followed Attorney Rene Rodriguez that turned Republican because he was offered a lucratic deal. Garza by following demonstrated that he loyalty was more to Rodriguez than the “cause” he scripted and harped on a daily basis. Garza now is encouraging an agenda that goes against what the Late Hector P. Garcia, the Late Cesar Chavez, and Later Martin Luther King valued. Garza is encourage EL PUEBLO HISPANO and other oppressed communities who carry the burden of poverty and social barriers to fight against each other. Garza might not realize that both (everyone) is being taken, all are being used against each other. This fight is what the leaders of the HATE GROUPS wanted. The joke is on us.
Garza has also begun to demonstrate a sense of cruelty against his own. He has begun to attack JOE BENAVIDES (who is running for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1, Place 1). Joe Benavides’ father – Benny Benavides, a civil rights leader and strong voice for the Hispanic and Oppressed Communities, just passed on a few weeks ago. Garza has ventured to a realm that is taboo. He has to answer to the elder members of this movement.
Garza has launched false allegations against Joe Benavides claiming that he treats women badly – all part of a “Female Model” political attack plan put together not by females but Rene Rodriguez. Benavides, those who know him well will vouch, has been anything but what Garza erroneously accuses him: he has been a loving father; and much more, he has served his community in voluntary and altruistic efforts that go beyond the call of duty. He has been a pillar of the community and excellent role model – but Garza, who is not a paid agent for the oppressor, knows Joe Benavides is in a grieving episode in his life (his father’s passing), and seems to want to not just hurt him but break his very soul.ROLAND GARZA, when all is said and done, is trying to tag JOE BENAVIDES as an enemy of the people (Garza is being paid by Benavides' political rival). Garza himself (it is so graphically apparent) has become a harming agent to El Movimiento De Derechos Civiles: the cause of causes -- civil and human rights.
HOMER VILLARREAL, FOUNDER - EL DEFENZOR (NEWSPAPER) will be on radio for a few minutes today and tomorrow at 5 p.m. – tune in to 104.9 FM. Next Week (all week) Villarreal will begin “El Defenzor Life” where he will be doing 15 minutes radio commentaries… Pass the word (stay tune for for details)… Get excited.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Nueces County, TX: The Mascaras Come Off As Confrontations Occur -- Gil's and Anna's ire has reached inordiante levels
Word circulates quickly in Nueces County, Gil Hernandez (candidate for co commissioner) and Anna M. Jimenez (candidate for Dististrict Attorney) are going crazy feeling the heat. Gil verbally accosted Ray McMurrey the union leaders for teachers CCAFT and tried to justify his comment that he said on South Texas Politics that all Democrats are in favor of abortion. McMurrey reportedly told Gil that he was inexperienced and unsophisticated in politics and must choose his words more carefully. Gil then continued his rampage and accused JAG of being a liar. Gil is reportedly throwing tantrums near the polls and is in coohots to the tune of $8.000.00 with Susie Luna, former Democratic consultant now helping Republicans. To make matters worse Gloria Caceres was in deep hot water for helping Susie and Gil in order to exact vengeance on JAG for defeating her badly in the primary. Shame, shame no your name. The consensus is for Gloria to Get OVER IT. Anna Jiminez reportedly is very bitter and caused a scene at City Hall and indicated that no one knew her voting record and knew nothing about her beliefs when accosted by a local attorney and media personality about being a RINO. El Defenzor has released her shocking voting record where she voted Democrat until she fanagled the Republicans to get her the D.A. job. Mysteriously she then voted Republican and is closely associated with Rene Rodriguez so many republicans are put off for her and are voting for Mark Skurka (see poll taken from October 11-15th, 2010).
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Inner Core DEMOCRAT Player GLORIA CACERES Betrays Party? NOT HEALED OVER LOSSING HER ELECTION Meets With Republican Hired Hand To Target JAG
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Nueces County, TX – Justice of the Peace Amanda Torres, who was appointed to fill in the vacant judicial post and who is running for the seat as a Republican, late this week decided to take down a group photo of former persons who had occupied the seat of Justice of the Peace. It is a photo that taken to memorialize the last request made by former Justice of the Peace Armando Flores – a charasmatic and respected pillar of the community. It is a photo that was intended to hang there forever.
Late this week Judge Joe A. Gonzalez (JAG) was called by the staff of Justice of the Peace Torres’s office and told something to the effect: “Come and pick up the group photo or it is going to the trash.”
Then Justice of the Peace Jose. A. Gonzalez appears along with Former Justice Armando Flores, Former Justice of the Peace Enselmo “Blackie” Longoria, Former Justice of the Peace Mike Westergren – and at one end appears former Nueces County Clerk Ernest Briones. Gonzalez and Westergren are the only two surviving former JPs that appear on the photo.
Former Justice of the Peace (JAG) Gonzalez said: “I feel Justice of the Peace Amanda Torres should appologize to the families for action. I feel her whim reflects her immaturity. She fails to realize the historic value and consequences of that moment captured in history. It was a photo that took a lot of coordination.”
(JAG) Gonzalez concluded: “Again, it was former Justice of the Peace Armando Flores’ last wish – for all parties to put aside their diffences and gather in one place in time to send a loud message to the new generations that the struggle to humanize the judicial institutions was not an easy one. For the new generations to be reminded that there is still so much work to be done to better this area.”
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
AN ACT OF CRUELTY: JP CANDIDATE JOE BENAVIDES’ SPIRITS ARE LOW (WITH HIS DAD’S PASSING) & HIS RIVAL, AMANDA TORRES, MERCILESSLY ATTACKS
AN ACT OF CRUELTY:
JP CANDIDATE JOE BENAVIDES’ SPIRITS ARE LOW (WITH HIS DAD’S PASSING) AND HIS RIVAL, AMANDA TORRES, ALONG WITH HER CAMPAIGN MANAGER ATTEMPT TO DEMORALIZE HIM FURTHER.
Nueces County, Tx – AMANDA TORRES, candidate for Justice of the Peace, resorts one of the dirtiest and most cruel tactics used in politics. She tries to rattle the spirit of her grieving rival Joe Benavides – whose father (the beloved Benny Benavides passed away Sunday. Torres’ consultant, Jeff Butler, has a history of insensitive and gutter-level tactics.
Torres, as her campaign beings to spiral down in the polls, she resorts to grubby tactics so as to try and optimize her chances in this campaign. She has linked up together with her campaign consultant and the new leader of the Republican Party in Nueces County, Kimberly Curtis (who has become known as the “Walk-In” Chair of the regional GOP in that she was not elected by the popular vote) and they have devised an attack plan. They have threaten Joe Benavides and they are considering filing some impractical ethics violations against him – this publication is aware of them and seem more like thrumped up accusations. They are claiming Benavides finance campaign reports have a “lot to be desired.” Word circulates amidst the talk of insiders: Chair Ms. Curtis is also compulsively being steered openly by such individuals such as County Commissioner Mike Pusley to use her seat to impair Benavides’s spirits during this election cycle.
This publication dug deeper and met with Benavides’ consultant and lawyer and he summed it up in one sentence: “Amanda is revealing her cruel nature: she hitting my client at a low point in his life… for God’s sakes, when he is burying his best friend, his dad. How low can some people stoop?”
This publication has thus in turn examined Ms. Torres’ campaign reports and discovered that she has chanelled thousands of dollars for opague services of her campaign manager (Jeff) Butler; yet Benavides has not darted at her with the vernacularity and insenstiveness that Ms. Torres has.
Many individuals have been placed on payroll to harp on the “trumped” up charges: many former Democrats and even a so-called Civil Rights Activist.
Jeff Butler, who not too long ago a political consultant of Joe A. Gonzalez (JAG) who is running for county commissioner, Benavides' attorney is suspect of using information that was confidential and has turned it over to his new client -- Amanda Torres. The latter if authenticated if a very serious violation of fiduciary duty.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Nueces County, Tx – County Judge Loyd Neal is so concerned about keeping his seat and control over the majority on the commissioners commission that he has not only allowed the “race baiter” Rene Rodriguez to become one of the top advisors in the Republican Party, but has disgustingly adopted his value system and accepted the shady POLITIQUERA SYSTEM (pronounced: POE-LEE’TEA-CARE- AWE) – a system where politiqueras (or ladies – and some men – solicit votes for a candidate – who usually is the highest bidder, and then via their shady tactics conduct personal home visits or reach them over the phone. They usually follow the cited recipe to inveigle by inviting the intended target to vote for the candidate that has commissioned their services -- e.g., mailing ballots and so forth. The selective pool of voters targeted usually do not even know the candidates running for office yet via professed crafty methods are coaxed to go throught the motions as a personal favor for the politiquera. The most disturbing and unethical part is the exploitation of senior citizens and the sick by many an unscrupulous politiquera. Some aggressive politiqueras are also infamous for heckling down political rivals following a pre-planned script. What regional person could possibly fit this bill of personality?
Elite members inside the Republican Party have decided to hire Susie Luna Saldana – who has been a union activist and a super aggressive politiquera – who has in the last few years guised her operation under the new placard of doing business as “Grassroots Consultants”. This trend signals both a very important development and paradox in the regional GOP. While the Democratic Party frowns on and tries to remove itself from having any overt connections with the dappled, sullen reputation of the POLITIQUERA SYSTEM, the Republican Party (both under the furtive control and steerage of Loyd Neal) has adopted it. Neal (with the guidance of Rene Rodriguez) has personally gone as far as to hand pick his politiquera line-up, a “Tokyo Rosa” and “Tokyo Benedicto” list (as some analysts in the region have tagged it). This list will be shared with our readers later, a list that will shock many that are not “IN THE KNOW.”
To Return: a dagger has cut deep into the Democratic Party as Susie Luna Saldana endorsed County Judge Loyd Neal (i.e., his re-election campaign) on LA VOZ (translated: “The voice”), a radio program that transmits via radio 104.9 FM. In an unprecedented move, “old guard” and “politiquera” (former?) Democrat Saldana said she favored Judge Loyd Neal (Republican) over Clarissa Gonzalez (Democrat). She even went as far as to say she was supporting John Longoria for the Corpus Christi ISD school board of trustees. Longoria is a loyalist of the NEAL Republican faction and even had a lot to do with suppressing Saldana’s union voice at CCISD. “What could possibly be the reason Ms. Saldana has decided to put aside her charged disagreements with Longoria?” – this is a question that is being asked.
LA VOZ is activist Abel Alonzo’s radio program. Saldana was quoted as saying, “I urge the public to vote for the most qualified candidates and vote their conscience.” She was consumed in her miff and went as far as to state that for too long “La Palanca” (voting straight ticket) has dominated the Democratic Party in the region. She felt it was time to vote for Republicans. Saldana equated being educated with Hispanics voting Republican as Loyd Neal (and others) listened. She endorsed Neal – but the contradiction is she was offered a package deal.
What triggered Susie Luna Saldana to switch party loyalties? “It was money, pure and simple and that is why she stepped down as precinct chair of the Democratic Party,” a member of the Democratic Part Women's group opined. “Saldana has pretty much made it clear in her own way that she will blast on radio and by other means those who do not hire her. Ironically, Saldana has joined sides with those that would favor Minutemen (remember she was a staunch critic of the Minutemen organization) and further link up with other politiqueras oppressing the poor and the elderly. She gladly has joined sides to help in the cover-up and exploitation of millions of taxpayer dollars by the good ole boy network and the EDC and has essentially endorsed some ethnically distant Republicans who do not want people like Susie at their functions, who do not embrace anything but the vote but do not want her kind at their lawn parties. This speaks miles for Susie being in it for Susie herself and not for the next generation of voters and her failed attempt at trying to demoralize the Democratic party.”
Does the accusation above have any validity? County Judge candidate Clarissa Gonzalez, a small businessperson, who is challenging Neal for the post, received a telephone call from Saldana (less than a handful of weeks ago) at her place of employment. Saldana, apparently using high pressure tactics, asked Ms. Gonzalez if she had come up with ten thousand dollars to advocate for her in the campaign or she would be impelled to make a tough decision and advocate for the rival.
Ms. Gonzalez, who was obviously distressed by the matter, told El Defenzor that she decided not to commission Saldana's services and instead to use the funds to address more important priorities -- e.g., such as purchasing more signs and purchasing mainstream advertisement. The new manner in which Saldana has postured herself politically has shocked many, but Ms. Gonzalez expected her shifting quake of wrath.
Word also began to circulate a few months back that the Neal machine was trying to recruit a female politiquera (or equivalent) to challenge Ms. Gonzalez in order that he may be able to maximize his changes at being re-elected in the November 2nd General Election of this year. Some consultants have pointed out that it is culturally inappropriate (at least in the founts of daily South Texas Hispanic culture) for a male to chop suey down to size a female publically. Saldana – considered too aggressive for the norm, with an enslaving penchant for politics, fuming mad that she did not acquire a contract with Ms. Gonzalez – is clearly an expedient choice. She and Rene Rodriguez have a long history of working together for mutual benefit.
To add a few more notes: Neal, mid-70s -- who has been in the insurance business over 40 years and is in the twilight of his life. He has serious neurological health problems and yet is diligently working on one of the county’s most important group health insurance deals of his life. He has hired not only the secretary of his insurance business as "administrative assistant to Loyd Neal" (earning over $80,000 salary/benefits) but also his insurance business associate (Tomas Duran) and other associates whom he has an intimate relationship with in the field to work for Nueces County government. Neal specializes (as Duran) in promoting a “Non-Fully Insured” type of Group Health Plan. The latter plan is controversial in that if a catastrophic loss is incurred, the employer (and not the company) have to cover the losses. This is the plan being considered for the county. Neal while mayor for the City of Corpus Christi voted to go along with this plan, a plan that was sold to the city by non-other then Duran (yes, Neal's business associate -- both were working as agents for the same "Not-Fully Insured" Group Health Insurance known as ENTRUST. In fact it was Neal working as an agent that landed the first business opportunity for the cited corporation in the region).
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Nueces County, TX -- Breaking news. SUSIE LUNA SALDANA, union activist, former precinct chair, longtime compatriot and unflinching advocate of the Democratic Party, in the radio show LA VOZ today (October 5) endorsed Loyd Neal, the incumbent Republican running for county judge.
Trust can take years to build,but only a second to break. Saldana – who had stood up to MINUTEMAN ORGANIZATION, who had advocated for humantistic immigration rights, who had admiringly advocated for many civil rights causes – now has formally bowed and kowtowed and pledged allegence to her former political “foe’s” platform.
A former friend said: “Susie, do you remember when we were the best of friends in our party? When we'd share our every thought for the common person?Every smile and disappointment?And every laugh and our pain? Oh, and now do you feel anything that you broke our heart? Because I seem to remember that more than anything.I trusted you, I trusted you to take care of the platform of the people’s party and stomp on it.”
Apparently before she made her final decision, she called up Clarissa Gonzalez, Democratic Candidate for County Judge, and asked her point blank if she was going to pay her ten thousands dollars. Ms. Gonzalez, who is new to the game, and does does not the the fund raising capacity as her intrenched opponent, is tapping into grassroots and assertive community organizational tactics to make up for the latter.
Have Saldana’s goals become displaced? Saldana was pressured to stip down as Democratic precinct chair and the outpouring of her ire is clear. She now identifies herself as a “professional consultant” – a “gun for hire” to state it figurative jargon.
Yet, Susie – (now in the final multihued active phase of her life), who was considered the most scathing critic of the platform of the Republican Party – is now angry at the barbarism of her “former” (Democratic) Party and feels she wasted her time “spinning her wheels” in causes that did not fill her purse with a net-gain.
“Will she ever confess the present fact of her artifice? Of her oversize contradiction? Of abandoning a humanistic rebel cause for a few coins?” – how many are the questions being asked by those that were once close to her. Saldana’s life has been an endless journey in body and spirit in search of an answer to questions she first posed when she joined politics. Her own family were politicos in Hebbronville.
Susie Luna Saldana’s inner tragic circumstances, her inner struggle cannot be sung in a simple words. Many that have know her for years claim she has this unusual ability to create gestures and conversational states that take you just beyond the pale of what one feels is the natural course of what is to be expected. When it comes to politics, she is compulsive and relentless and she goes out “for blood.”
Now in the mirage of deceptive reality, Saldana is constructing a new enemy, a new target to throw darts at – and this time, unlike previous years: the eyes, the lips, all the entire faces are DEMOCRATS. Devoid of all fear – gently ironic, shie is a master of freezing enemies and as such she affords us a microcopic vision of her small world in all its South Texas pettiness and semi-tropical languor.
As Mike, a former activist associate put it: “I have been around her for the longest time. Susie (Luna-Saldana) prepares for ‘war; before an election. She sometimes secludes herself; but it is not the secusion of a saint, not the isolation of a hermit, but that of a fuming political woman with a consuming fixation to terrorize her opponent and to tear apart her target, and then puff it away into the distant sea. What did Rene Rodriguez put in her skull as well as others. We looked up to her, but she is no longer with us.”