8/31/2009 9:48 AM
We try to stay away from the private, personal lives of the members of the Legislature. That having been said, high-profile divorce cases can and often do have an impact on contested primaries. The Brownsville Herald wrote a story over the weekend about Rep. Tara Rios Ybarra's (D-South Padre Island) pending divorce case and her relationship with Clayton Brashear, whom the paper describes as a land-developer and a Republican. Rios Ybarra's ex-husband told the paper he will actively support her opponent in the Spring Democratic primary. It's way, way too early to predict how something like this could affect a contested election, but we do note that the story ran just a few weeks after it became clear she would face an opponent in the primary. The story can be read here, and we post without further comment.