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


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.  

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Melissa del Bosque is a staff writer and a 2016-17 Lannan Fellow at The Investigative Fund.


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