Saturday, March 04, 2006

When Ads Attack

The Hidalgo county judge race turns uglier, with challenger J.D. Salinas invoking the Mission chemical plant lawsuits to score points against incumbent Ramon Garcia.

The Salinas commercial says Garcia pocketed 75 percent of the settlement, and "that doesn't leave much for families exposed to banned pesticides."

The plaintiffs in that lawsuit want the ad taken off the air, they tell Channel 4.
"It's very upsetting especially for people who have lost loved ones. To be used for political game, it's just not right, it's not right," says Ginger Silva.
Garcia says the commercial is nothing but lies, and points out that he took a 15 percent commission. The Mission folks say they are cool with that.

The question is, why do candidates drop close to a half-million each in campaign spending for a job that pays less than $100,000 a year?

3 Comments:

Blogger pugsley dibrute said...

Who is putting up all this cash? The La Joya cartel? Ask dea agent and he will tell you tht Hidalgo county is easily the most corrupt count in the nation bar none! How can an unemployed candidate for judge , be able to get a bank to loan him nearly 300K? How is that? Who does he owe that money to, should say he loses? The cartel hopes that Rene Guerra stays in office. Why? Because he's been good to them. Just ask to see how many "psuedo cops" robberies have been prosecuted . Enough said .

1:53 PM  
Blogger JB said...

While there may be too much money in politics, it's misleading to match fundraising with salary. As you may know Texas Senate and Rep. seats pay a few thousand each. Yet, a race for one or the other easily runs into the hundreds of thousands. Ditto for Prez, who must raise many times him his salary to run for Prez. However, what does seem odd is how JD's allowed to "borrow" money on a signature loan when he has no job.

5:32 PM  
Blogger Strange Bedfellows said...

Of course Ginger Silva is going to accuse JD of "using" the chemical plant as a campaign issue: she is supporting Ramon. Look at the progress times ad that came out two weeks ago; you'll see her pictured with Ramon Garcia.

1:26 PM  

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