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Monday, May 19, 2008

Cornyn Not Fenced Off: Cascos Offers Endorsement

Here's an excerpt from today's Houston Chronicle article, "Friendships Follow Tax Dollars." I especially like the last paragraph. Not many Valley folks (and bloggers) care to even exchange handshakes with Sen. Cornyn these days.

Cornyn not fenced off

The battle between Republican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and Democratic challenger Rick Noriega for South Texas votes continued with Cornyn's endorsement over the weekend by more than two dozen community leaders.

Many are Hispanic, most are elected officials and, according to Cornyn's campaign, most are Democrats.

One of the more prominent endorsers, Cameron County Judge Carlos Cascos, is a Republican. And some others, including Hidalgo Mayor John David Franz and Mission Mayor Beto Salinas, have supported both Democrats and Republicans, including Perry.

Many belong to the Texas Border Coalition, which sued the federal government last week to block construction of a fence along the Mexican border, which Cornyn and most other senators voted to authorize.


17 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

CHUCK, YOU AND CHRISTOPHER DISAPOINT ME WITH YOUR SUPPORT OF CORNYN.

TAKE CARE OF LA RAZA ... NOT YOUR POLITICAL FRIENDS.

Monday, May 19, 2008  
Anonymous Rio Grande V said...

Mr./Mrs./Ms. Anon,

Not that I want to support "Chuck" but let's face that many Hispanics support Cornyn. Hell, the Chronicle article above even mentions Beto, you can't get more "La Raza" than with a name like Beto and Salinas to boot.

Endorsements or campaign contributions have little to do with being "La Raza".

Hey, there were many Brownsville "La Raza" Democrats who supported a "white" Democrat candidate for Senate in Watts when there was a "La Raza" candidate in Noriega in the race.

So, do not chastise "Chuck" for supporting Cornyn. He may be doing it as a way to gain favor when he runs against the lot of Democrats wanting his job.

V

Monday, May 19, 2008  
Anonymous Rio Grande V said...

Mr./Mrs./Ms. Anon,

Not that I want to support "Chuck" but let's face that many Hispanics support Cornyn. Hell, the Chronicle article above even mentions Beto, you can't get more "La Raza" than with a name like Beto and Salinas to boot.

Endorsements or campaign contributions have little to do with being "La Raza".

Hey, there were many Brownsville "La Raza" Democrats who supported a "white" Democrat candidate for Senate in Watts when there was a "La Raza" candidate in Noriega in the race.

So, do not chastise "Chuck" for supporting Cornyn. He may be doing it as a way to gain favor when he runs against the lot of Democrats wanting his job.

V

Monday, May 19, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cornyn really knows how to dupe the ignorant raza. I cant blame Cascos for supporting Cornyn but I will chastise the democrats who follow this idiot. He authorized the fence and is for building it. Cascos, who is a closet case democrat, should hold Cornyn accountable for his actions. If he doesn't, the citizens of Cameron County will hold him accountable. Noreiga is the man we should back up. He is a veteran, a honest person, and really cares about Valley residents.
The real Chuck.

Monday, May 19, 2008  
Anonymous Rio Grande V said...

Anon,

Here is more proof of La Raza not necessarily backing the La Raza candidate....

Former Brownsville Mayor Blanca Vela is backing Cornyn as she is backing Obama.

She writes, "Senator Cornyn has a proven track record of delivering for South Texas. I know he will continue to work hard to ensure each and every constituent's voice is heard."

V

Monday, May 19, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is everyone hating on Cornyn?

Monday, May 19, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey V,
I thought we were talking about elected officials. Blanca Vela is a blast from the past. Seriously, besides Cascos and two elected officials in the upper Rio Grande, who is supporting this waffler? Wake up people or soon the republicans will make this country like Mexico where the rich stay rich and the poor get poorer.
The real chuck!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008  
Blogger BobbyWC said...

I am always amazed when people are shocked by politics - This is not complex - Tony Garza as a Republican went from County Judge to dumping his long time partner in Brownsville and becoming the US Ambassador to Mexico - oh yea he then married the wealthiest women in Mexico -

I actually have a lot of respect for Tony because he found a way to promote himself while promoting the Valley - we met once about 10 years ago - he gradudated St Joes the same year as my ex and one thing lead to another - I found him to be very charming and attentive to my concerns.

Cascos will never be a Tony Garza -Bush does get an A+ as a politician in terms of bringing many LRGV residents to the Republican Party - unfortunately for his party, the Republicans threw the Latinos under the bus to accomodate the hatemongers in the party.

The Republicans are dead in the LRGV - so long as the Dems do not go totally corrupt - Statewide - it appears the Republicans will finally lose at least one statewide office to a Democrat - the tide is turning.

Cascos got on that Republican boat after it struck the iceburg - he sunk himself - he knows he is a one termer unles Hinojosa tries to run again - so why not lock the poor women and children in storage and put on a wig, and get on the last life boat off the Titanic known as the Texas Republican Party.

This is why he has chosen to not participate in the suit - he is hoping against all odds the state Republican Party will reward him for loyalty - Cascos is not Tony Garza - that ship has sailed.

Bobby WC

Tuesday, May 20, 2008  
Blogger Melissa Zamora said...

so why not lock the poor women and children in storage and put on a wig, and get on the last life boat off the Titanic known as the Texas Republican Party.

I spilled OJ all over myself after reading that one.

Classic.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BWC, YOU MAY BE RIGHT THIS TIME. CASCOS KNOWS HE IS A ONE TERMER HENCE CARES NOT.

IF WE COMPARE CANDIDATES, I TRUELY BELIEVE THAT NORIEGA IS THE BETTER CANDIDATE FOR THE PEOPLE.

SURE, THERE WERE SOME DEMS WHO SUPPORTED WATTS AT THE BEGINNING, BUT WHO WERE THOSE DEMS? ATTORNYS WHO STICK TOGETHER.

VELA ENDORSING CORNYN IS NEWS TO ME AND IS DISAPOINTING. THEN AGAIN, SHE IS RELATED TO RUBEN... EVEN MORE DISAPOINTING.

I DON'T HATE CORNYN. I JUST DON'T AGREE WITH HIS POLICIES AND IS NOT A TRUE REPRESENTATIVE OF SOUTH TEXAS PEOPLE.

THEREFORE, CHUCK, CHRISTOPHER AND CORNYN SE PUEDEN IR MUCHO A .....

MEXIKAN MAFIA

Tuesday, May 20, 2008  
Anonymous Rio Grande V said...

Mr. Real Chuck,
I thought we were talking about elected officials. Blanca Vela is a blast from the past. Seriously, besides Cascos and two elected officials in the upper Rio Grande, who is supporting this waffler?

I thought Vela was interesting because she is supported a Black man for president and a White man for senate. She is really thinking outside the box.

Here some past and present elected officials supporting this "waffler". Granted, not all are La Raza but at least he is getting support from some. (A special note to Mrs. Zamora, sorry for the length. He made me do it.)

"Senator Cornyn's dedication to the Border Region is second to none," Cameron County Judge Carlos Cascos said. "South Texans can have no better advocate than him in Washington."

"The people of Donna have been extremely well served by Senator Cornyn," Donna Mayor Rick Morales said. "He shares the same values with South Texans and I am honored to endorse his re-election."

"It's an honor to support Senator Cornyn for re-election. He has been a strong advocate for South Texas and has made himself accessible on a whole host of issues. He has been a strong force for migrant education needs and health care for all in South Texas including our veterans." Harlingen Mayor Chris Boswell

"The interests and concerns of Hildalgo residents are in good hands with Senator Cornyn," Hildalgo Mayor John David Franz said. "As long as Senator Cornyn is in office, all South Texans can rest assured that their values and concerns are well represented."

"I am pleased to endorse Senator John Cornyn for re-election," said McAllen Mayor Richard Cortez. "Senator Cornyn has a good understanding of the issues important to our city and region. His leadership is critically important as we approach the next session."

"As a Texan, a City Councilman and a veteran I am extremely proud of the job Senator Cornyn has done representing all Texans," Mission City Councilman Leo Olivarez said. "He has and will continue to be a great asset to all those he represents."

"The stakes couldn't be higher and the choice could not be clearer this November. Texas needs to re-elect Senator John Cornyn, and I am proud to support him." Palm Valley Mayor John Neely

"This election is vital to the future of Texas and the nation. John Cornyn will continue to work hard to ensure that all Texans have their shot at the American dream. I am honored to pledge my support to him." Palmquist Mayor Ramiro Rodriguez

"John Cornyn is dedicated to those values which unite all Texans: low taxes, strong national defense, less government and fiscal discipline," South Padre Island Mayor Robert Pinkerton said. "This election offers us a clear choice, and I am proud to say that choice was an easy one for me and ask everyone to stand with me in supporting Senator Cornyn."

"Senator Cornyn has a strong record of representing Texas values. He has been a strong advocate for veterans, is dedicated to restraining out of control spending and ensuring everyone has access to quality affordable health care. It is a privilege to say he has my support." Former Weslaco Mayor Hector Farias

"The Border Region has been well served by Senator Cornyn and it is an honor and privilege to endorse him." Mayor Kevin Hiles, Rio Grande City

"Our nation, state and region face tremendous challenges, and I can think of no better person to represent us in these times than Senator Cornyn." La Feria Mayor Steve Brewer

"Throughout his career of service, Senator Cornyn has never wavered in his support and dedication to the needs of South Texas," La Feria Mayor Pro-Tem Lori Weaver said. "His dedication to traditional values and keeping America strong are without equal. I am honored to endorse him."

"Senator Cornyn is a man of great courage and fortitude. He has been, and will continue to be, an excellent representative for all Texans." Former Penitas Mayor Efren Garza

"Senator Cornyn has a proven track record of delivering for South Texas. I know he will continue to work hard to ensure each and every constituent's voice is heard." Former Brownsville Mayor Blanca Vela

"America and Texas needs strong leaders like Senator Cornyn. As a veteran, I know that he will ensure that all veterans are treated fairly and honorably, and receive the respect and care that they have so richly earned." Leopoldo "Polo" Palacios, Mayor of Pharr

"One man has the experience and proven judgment to represent the values that Texans cherish so deeply, and that man is Senator John Cornyn. I strongly endorse his re-election, and am proud to do so." McAllen City Councilman Jim Darling

"Senator Cornyn is a great asset to McAllen. He has helped the city resolve a number of issues especially with the Anzalduas Bridge construction project and I am sure he will continue to help our city in the future." McAllen City Councilman John Ingram

"Senator Cornyn is a dedicated public servant who is guided by traditional values. I am honored to be part of his team." Mission Mayor Beto Salinas

"Each and every Texan has been fortunate to have Senator Cornyn represent them in Washington, especially residents of Mission and the Valley. Please join me in supporting his re-election in the fall." Mission City Councilman Ruben Plata

"Harlingen's interests have been well served by Senator Cornyn. He is a great friend to us all and I am honored to endorse him." Former Harlingen Mayor Connie de la Garza

"I am proud to endorse Senator Cornyn's re-election. He has been a strong advocate for the Border Region." Eddie Cantu, Councilman, City of Pharr.

"I am extremely honored to endorse the re-election of John Cornyn. He is a great representative of the people of Pharr and Texas." Bobby Carrillo, Councilman, City of Pharr.

"Senator Cornyn has worked tirelessly for the people of the Border Region. I strongly endorse his re-election to the U.S. Senate." Adan Farrias, Councilman, City of Pharr.

"Pharr's's interests have been represented well by Senator Cornyn. He is a man of great character, conviction and values and deserves to be re-elected to the United States Senate." Oscar Elizondo, Jr., Councilman, City of Pharr

"I am pleased to endorse and support Senator Cornyn. He is, without question, the right person to serve our region and the entire state of Texas in the United States Senate." Arturo Cortez, Councilman, City of Pharr.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon,

Why do you feel the need to use all capital letters? Are you so insecure about your ability to hold our attention that you need to stand out in some way? Or, are you overcompenssating for something else?

Typing in all capital letters makes reading uncomfortable.

Bobby,

oh yea he then married the wealthiest women in Mexico

I agree with your assessment on Cascos and Tony Garza, but please remember: woman is singular, and women is plural. Now imagine me slapping you silly.

Sometimes form distracts from content, and I'm grumpy today. Sorry about that.

Patricia A.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on V, a few city commissioners from Pharr and Mission, one from La Feria, and former elected officials?!! Man, that is a real endorsement by some ignorant people. Where is the the county judge of Hidalgo? Where are the rest of the commissioners from Mission and McAllen? What about the Brownsville Mayor and commissioners? Where is aaron Pena? Chuy Hiniojosa? Congressman Solomon Ortiz? Senator Eddie Lucio, Rep. Eddie Lucio III? Rene Oliveira? Commissioners and Mayor from Edinburg, Weslaco, San Juan, Alamo, Rio Grande City, Raymondville, Lyford, Los Fresnos, Port Isabel, Progreso, Mercedes, La Joya, etc???????????
Just a bunch of hot air is John Cornyn and the republicans that want to give the impression that they have momentum. Noreiga all the way if you are a true democrat!!! Sorry V, you've just been punked!!!
The real Chuck

Tuesday, May 20, 2008  
Blogger BobbyWC said...

I hate deception - today Noriega is putting out word that Cornyn is opposed to the new VA Bill on Education - basically the federal taxpayers will pay the cost of a college education for any veteran who served at least three years - they must attend a state university.

Sounds good except - that is already the law in Texas and in fact Texas is a lot more generous than the law being proposed by Senator Webb as supported by Noriega.

Is it not a bit dishonest for Noriega to suggest Cornyn is against Texas Veterans when in fact Noriega is supporting a bill which would afford Texan veterans fewee benefitr than currently being offered by the State of Texas?

I am incapable of a kind word towards Cornyn - he is anti-veteran - but how about learning the truth about how he handles veteran's complaints and then take that to the people instead of making stupid claims about the Webb Bill -

Oh yes - Noriega is not listening to veterans - he assumes that every veteran has all the privileges he has, when in fact they do not.

What is his position on the Dept of Education's policy of refusing to discharge the student loans of disabled Iraqi war veterans - he does not have one because you cannot get past the highschool intern screening his mail.

Sorry I hate deception and BS

Bobby WC

Tuesday, May 20, 2008  
Anonymous Rio Grande V said...

Mr. Real Chuck,

Noreiga all the way if you are a true democrat!!!

I urge you to read my blog tomorrow to view some financial endorsements about individuals who give little to La Raza Noriega and others who chose a gringo Democrat before he dropped out.

Sorry V, you've just been punked!!!

Punked? Nah, I am just reporting to you who is endorsing that it isn't just a bunch of white racist republicans. Not to mention, endorsements mean nothing unless they are backed by dollars. Endorsements sway few people. Unless you are talkin' about a race with 1,000 voters as in Southmost or Florida, a few voters rarely make a difference.

Just information, my friend, use it as you will. This race does not interest me, but I guess I could have fooled you.

Oh, and anyone that the two Eddie's endorse worries me, so it may be a good thing they have not endorsed Cornyn! Eddie Jr. did a bad job for La Grandma in the Governor's race.

V

Tuesday, May 20, 2008  
Blogger BobbyWC said...

Patricia A. LOL - it must be Freudian at some level - because I do truly know better -

Tuesday, May 20, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cascos a one termer, I doubt it. The democrats like Wood, Trevino, Betancourt, Rivera and all will cut themselves up in the primary, but no matter who wins, neither one of them can beat Cascos in November. If he wants to be county judge again, he'll do it. Cascos has proven he can work with a democrat majority on the commission and with our local state representatives. I think he's done a good job, is professional and keeps partisan politics out of his decision making. It's a breath of fresh air, in my opinion.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008  

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