4/8/2010 2:53 PM
Sen. Eliot Shapleigh (D-El Paso) and former Rep. Paul Moreno (D-El Paso) held a news conference Monday to announce their endorsement of Naomi Gonzalez for state representative. Though that was the stated purpose of the conference, that wasn't what the press conference was about. It was, instead, a 13-minute slam on the incumbent Rep. Norma Chavez (D-El Paso).
Moreno and Shapleigh compared Chavez to U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay, former House Speaker Tom Craddick, George W. Bush, and the Grip Reaper. (Well, actually, they never compared her to the Grim Reaper, but Moreno did go so far as to suggest that she is not Cesar Chavez's friend.)
Their biggest complaint -- however -- is that Chavez is an ineffective legislator. Well, it takes one to know one. When Paul Moreno calls someone ineffective, I take what he says very, very seriously, since Moreno took being ineffective in the Texas House and developed it into a fine art form. He was there 40 years. How many bills did he pass?
Anyway, the El Paso Times wrote up the endorsement. And we post the youtube video below for your viewing pleasure. After all, we know the whole House is going though inflammatory-Moreno-personal-privilege-speech-withdrawal.