District I getting heated

From the Houston Press:


Evidently, Graciana Garces is upset over the fact that Ben Mendez’s campaign has been spreading around this photo of her. Garces’ annoyance is understandable, especially considering that this isn’t Junior High. Now, there isn’t any proof to this story, but this isn’t even the part where it gets weird.

After the blogosphere and internets began blowing up over this thing, Hair Balls decided to try and get the real story. This is where it gets weird. Evidently, after frantically avoiding the Press‘ requests for contact, the Mendez campaign changed their phone number on their website. Further, the new telephone number had an unbearably broad voicemail did not identify the campaign. It is like the Mendez campaign is intentionally trying to avoid the Press.

Further, James Rodriguez, the incumbent City Councilmember for the District, is not even attempting to seem neutral. He is a full-fledged supporter of his former staffer, Garces. A recent Facebook post from Councilmember Rodriguez reads as follows:

It has come to my attention that I have exceeded my allotted number of friends per Facebook rules. Please read below and if you are affiliated or a supporter of this “wanna-be” [Mendez] please click the unfriend action to my page so I add positive people that want to continue moving Houston forward. Since I’m doing some spring cleaning anyone supporting Ablaza or Gallegos can also do the same.

Whoa. This is going to be a heated election. I tend to like Garces, she is a good fit for the district, but I loathe the idea of someone simply being served an elected office on a silver platter. Mendez and Robert Gallegos are also Democrats–they have similar political views are Garces–they have every right to be running. If Mendez has really been doing these schoolyard bully tactics, then it is absolutely right to condemn him, but I have not found any conclusive evidence to that effect.

Campos has more (about his client, of course).

6 thoughts on “District I getting heated

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  2. We understand there is discussion & concern regarding a photograph of one of our opponents. Ben Mendez is running a positive, energized, grass-roots campaign based on the needs and concerns of the citizens of District I, and at no time indulges in or condones negative campaign tactics.

    In the face of competition, we’re aware that campaigns sometimes present items in attempts to get traction in the news, but we are committed to staying focused on the issues. We remain grateful for the growing support we have received as a result of our hard work in the community, even in the face of transparent attempts to detract from our progress and message.

    Ben Mendez’ campaign staff and volunteers will continue to work hard to energize and engage the citizens if District I in discussions about ways to improve the overall quality of life in the community.

  3. Oh please, the Ben Mendez campaign has done a very poor job of handling this one issue. Of course they did it. A picture that might be worth making fun of, however, are the ones Ben has of himself and supporters with the oval office as the backdrop. The oval office? Seriously? Oh and that white limo he rented to deliver himself to his announcement party, yeah, this isn’t your high school prom.

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