El Paso Dems to Norma Chavez: U R Not My Friend

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State Rep. Norma Chavez is having second thoughts about dragging her political opponent Naomi Gonzalez through the political muck.

No sooner do I post my blog and Norma issues a statement this afternoon saying:

“I regret that in response to one of my opponent’s repeated, negative, personal attacks, I made reference to her sexual orientation. My opponent’s sexual orientation has no bearing on this campaign. This campaign should be about who is going to be the most effective legislator for El Paso in the Texas House.”

Brandi Grissom at the Tribune says Chavez’ statement came out shortly after El Paso Democratic State Rep. Marisa Marquez released a statement “from a laundry list of El Paso elected officials — Márquez, Mayor John Cook, County Commissioner Veronica Escobar, County Commissioner Anna Perez, City Rep. Susie Byrd, City Rep. Steve Ortega, City Rep. Beto O’Rourke and City Rep. Ann Morgan Lilly condemning Chavez for bringing up the issue.

“We wholeheartedly reject Rep. Chávez’s politics of bigotry and division,” the statement said. “We demand that Rep. Chávez apologize to her opponent, Naomi Gonzalez for failing to live up to the ideals and principles of the Democratic Party.””

Ouch. That’s gotta hurt.  

Melissa del Bosque joined The Texas Observer staff in 2008. She specializes in reporting on immigration and the U.S.-Mexico border. Her work has been published in national and international publications including TIME magazine and the Mexico City-based Nexos magazine. She has a master’s in public health from Texas A&M University and a master’s in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.