Kino No Longer “Contigo”

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It’s back to the caliche hauling business for Kino. State Rep. Kino Flores, D-Mission,  announced today he won’t run for re-election in 2010. Not particularly shocking considering that he was indicted in July by a Travis County grand jury for failing to reveal sources of income, gifts received, real estate holdings and real estate sales in documents required for public office holders.Of course, Kino’s not leaving until his term has run its course. Like Rocky he can fight the indictment and represent the people of Hidalgo County with one arm tied behind his back. We’ll miss the gold jewelry and the bullying on the House floor (not!).Steve Taylor and Joey Gomez from the Rio Grande Guardian have more on Kino’s decision to release his iron grasp on District 36.

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.