by Max Grossman
Rep. Cassandra Hernandez purchased 35% of all gas purchased by the City Council and Mayor in 2022, and 40% of all gas purchased in the first four months of 2023.
Her husband Jeremy Jordan was caught pumping gas into his personal vehicle multiple times using her City-issued gas card, with Hernandez claiming that she cannot authenticate the videos of him doing so.
Moreover, numerous purchases were made with her gas card on two consecutive days, and in one instance on three consecutive days.
The alleged abuse of City gas cards has sparked an investigation by outside law enforcement and led to an ethics complaint against Hernandez that will be discussed by the City Ethics Review Commission on July 19.
Hernandez claims through her attorney that she “interchangeably uses [her and her husband’s] cars to conduct City business and incidentally to shuttle the couple’s five kids to various extracurricular obligations. Because the couple swaps vehicles frequently, Hernandez uses both vehicles to travel for City business, on a frequent basis.”
So let’s get this straight.
Hernandez and Jordan spent $8,275 on Hernandez’s City-issued gas card in only 16 months, enough to drive around the circumference of our planet twice, and we are expected to believe that Hernandez drove all those miles herself for official City business (including some incidental shuttling of her kids)?
DID A THIRD INDIVIDUAL USE HERNANDEZ’S GAS CARD?
A City expense report shows that Hernandez was in Vancouver, British Columbia on official business September 20-24, 2022.
Her husband Jeremy Jordan was apparently with her, since he posted the attached image of himself, smiling in Vancouver, to his Instagram on September 24, 2022.
Yet, incident report no. 23101073 from the El Paso Police Department establishes that Hernandez’s fuel card was used twice while she was in Vancouver.
Thus, a third person seems to have been using her gas card, besides herself and Jordan.
Will her attorney issue another statement, to explain this one as well?
Why does Hernandez need to fuel her car at taxpayer expense when she is 1,500 miles away from El Paso?
Will she ever apologize for treating us like we are stupid?