Finally, this weekend the El Paso Times ran a guest column bylined by our beloved mayor. Here’s a piece of it:
As the Mayor of this great city, I respectfully ask you to stop denigrating the City of El Paso and by default, the employees, staff, and City Council of El Paso, past and present. You accused the city of purposefully trying to confuse the residents of El Paso, obfuscate facts, and be less than transparent and fair in the process and manner in which the city has acted on the arena issue. I found your letter and guest column offensive, but the most bothersome thing about it was that it completely ignored the truth.
Wha? Wouldn’t you expect our mayor to pay a little attention before he starts shooting off op-eds to the newspaper?
Do you think that the City of El Paso was trying to confuse the residents of El Paso when they asked them to vote for a Multipurpose Performing Arts Center, and instead tried to build an arena?
Do you think the City of El Paso was trying to obfuscate facts when they told us that building the arena adjacent to the Civic Center was worth $25 million, when the Comptroller said that the arena had nothing to do with it? Or that they’d had talks with Union Pacific about building the arena in the railyards?
Do you think the City of El Paso was “less than transparent and fair in the process and manner in which the city has acted on the arena issue?” That one has to go right up there next to Mayor Margo’s campaign promise to hold the line on taxes. I can’t think of a single action that the City has engaged in with regard to the “arena” (Note: it was never supposed to be an arena) that was transparent and fair.
Sorry, Mr. Mayor. Your credibility was a leaky boat before, but now you’re just stomping holes in the hull. If I were your Public Relations Crisis Management Team, I’d advise you to shut the fuck up.
With all due respect.