Provincial El Paso Politics

El Paso politics never change. The El Paso politicos remain entrenched in the notion that they represent a growing and vibrant community able to compete with cities that the rest of the nation takes seriously. They remain oblivious to the reality that when people mention El Paso around the country, at most people in other cities think of it as a small dusty town on the U.S.-México border or Fort Bliss. Few, if any people, take El Paso seriously, except maybe the politicos and their surrogates living in fantasy land.

The El Paso politicos trip all over themselves about how El Paso can be any other city – but El Paso. The El Paso politicos travel to cities, like Albuquerque, hoping to create a duplicate of a working city out of El Paso. They even believe that Amazon would seriously consider El Paso as its next headquarters. But the reality is that the El Paso leadership is too provincial to be a city people would flock to rather than laugh at. I’m sure the Amazon leadership peed their underwear when they learned El Paso wanted to be in the run for their second corporate campus.

I’ve been gone almost seven years and in that time, nothing has changed. El Paso politicos bumble about increasing taxes, promising that tomorrow will be different if only the taxpayers invested more in the city. Gentrification, allegations of police officers being used to curtail free speech and silence critics dominates the news cycles today as they did back in 2000. Mexican-centric culture is still being eradicated for supposed progress. There’s even a raging battle between several historians with PhD’s battling a single person who is advocating for the destruction of a Mexican community to make way for downtown redevelopment by adding to the playgrounds for the rich. Only in El Paso, would city officials trod out joe blow to argue against PhD’s just to destroy a community. But that’s El Paso politics for you.

The El Paso political battle – more like the provincial and comical – race for the 16th Congressional district, between Veronica Escobar and Dori Fenenbock, is the latest installment in comedic bumbling politics. Nope, this time, it’s not Escobar or Fenenbock, but rather the two so-called political bloggers fighting like school children over a morsel of food dropped on the floor by their masters. Yup, that would-be Jaime Abeytia and David Karlsruher. Nothing has changed.

I’m sure most of you – El Paso political observers – know right-off the bat that Karlsruher is squarely in Fenenbock’s backside, sorry meant, side, while Abeytia is once again kissing Escobar’s ass, oops, defending Escobar against herself.

On one side, Karlsruher is arguing that Jaime Abeytia is carrying political backwater for Escobar, while Jaime Abeytia just fends off facts as inconvenient details that don’t matter. Both are arguing about whether an open records criminal investigation into former city council members means anything or not.

Here’s a clue, it doesn’t matter because it all comes down to Jaime Esparza getting off his fat ass to take a moment away from making sure his secretary is well fed, clothed and within easy access to him, for him to look at what the Texas Rangers brought him. Even then, Esparza has yet to meet a political crime he’d prosecute, much less actually win in court. This, in the county that had over 40 people recently prosecuted for serious public corruption right under Esparza’s nose. Note that the FBI, didn’t bother asking Jaime Esparza to prosecute any of the public corruption cases, instead preferring to go through the federal court system for a reason. That should tell you something.

But back to Abeytia and Karlsruher, like school girls arguing over a boy, they are fighting about whether Oscar Leeser is going to jump into the fray between Escobar and Fenenbock and what that means for their individual masters. Truth be told, they’re both just worried about the morsels their masters throw at them occasionally. Leeser jumping in might kill one morsel or two and they’re worried about that.

Now, there are some of you that might be tempted to argue that El Paso has come unto its own and it’s a growing vibrant city in the cusp of greatness. You might be tempted to argue I’m out of the loop and have no idea what I’m writing about. Ok, so some of you say that all the time about me. But here’s a little nugget to digest.

There was the unfortunate death, or murder – it is still undetermined as to what happened – of a Border Patrol agent in recent weeks. It happened near El Paso and the agent was from El Paso. Other than offer color and backstory about the agent and the locality, local El Paso news outlets are not on the forefront of this incident. Rather, El Paso news outlets are regurgitating details from national news outlets.

They are in the freaking epicenter of the incident and El Paso news outlets are doing nothing!

Talk about provincial mentality. But, like everything else, it trickles down from the top to the bottom. Where are the El Paso politicos on this issue? Is it too hot to handle? The border patrol union already opined. The Mexican haters are demanding the wall be built forthwith. And, the El Paso leadership? Scared stiff as if caught flagrante delicto with their chones around their ankles in the back of the local watering hole, or maybe behind the local Chico’s tacos stand.

I’m sure El Paso bloggers Jaime Abeytia and David Karlsruher are offering you masterful commentary about the local politics, or maybe the border patrol agent? Nope, they are fighting tit-for-tat online about who lied about what at the behest of their respective masters.

As you can see, nothing has changed in El Paso, not even the players.