100tocriminalYesterday I wrote about the driving force of hypocrisy in my writings and the day before I pointed out Jaime Abeytia’s criminal record. Today I want to share with you just one example, of many, that poignantly shows the hypocrisy in El Paso politics. Hypocrisy: nounclaiming to hold moral standards that one does not possess. Veronica Escobar has been active in the political limelight since about 2000 and leading the public policy agenda that has severely damaged El Paso’s economy well into the future.

Veronica Escobar was politically incubated by Ray Caballero. She is a protégé of Eliot Shapleigh and is now a leader in the political faction that believes that El Paso’s future lies in bankrupting the taxpayers through an utopian reinvention of the city. Back in 2000, Ray Caballero created the political illusion that he had ridden in on a white horse to save the city from itself. Caballero, with taxpayer supported Veronica Escobar embarked on a public policy agenda that today is crowned by the taxpayer scam of the ballpark fiasco. The cornerstone of the political rhetoric from this group is that they abhor corruption.

That is their public mantra however the reality is another thing altogether.

I have been documenting their many questionable practices over the years. My blog’s archives are full of them. Unfortunately, in today’s fast-paced world not to mention that El Paso taxpayers are barely keeping afloat because of the irresponsible tax policies placed upon them, the public discussion is often distorted by well-placed propaganda that hides the reality for the community. Taxpayers have little time to dissect the truth from the propaganda and thus news-bytes delivered at the speed of tweets and wall posts is what drives the public perception.

To pierce through the propaganda fog we must rely on a short poignant example of the hypocrisy that drives the “progressive” politicians. To peel away the façade and expose the sleaze at the core we must look at the unvarnished facts. The most poignant fact is clear and unchallengeable.

Veronica Escobar continually and habitually proclaims that her moral compass is what is needed in El Paso politics. She continually tells the voters that it is she that has the morality to lead El Paso well into the future. So, let’s examine that.

There is no question that Jaime Abeytia is a criminal. The record is clear and unequivocal.

As a matter of fact, Abeytia’s criminal record goes back as far as 1999 and is constant up through his guilty plea a few days ago. The criminal record has been open and discussed for many years and yet certain politicians, including Veronica Escobar continually relied on him for their political activities. As a matter of fact, when Abeytia’s latest criminal charge was made public he was being paid at taxpayer expense while he gamed the court system to delay the eventual guilty plea he submitted a few days ago. Vince Perez, an Escobar protégé, not only used Jaime Abeytia for his political campaign but he turned around and put him on the County’s payroll as soon as he took office.

For her part, Veronica Escobar, and herein lies the hypocrisy, quietly stood by and let the charade of taxpayer funds being paid to Abeytia go unchallenged. Hypocritically Escobar, at her State of the County address on Wednesday, listed as one of her achievements the curtailing of public corruption at the county even though she knew of Abeytia’s criminal travails and his taxpayer-funded paycheck and did nothing to put an end to that farce.

On one hand, Veronica Escobar states that she is against public corruption while on the other hand she silently stands by while a criminal is drawing a paycheck paid for by the taxpayers. As if that was not enough, Escobar talks about saving taxpayer monies all the while Abeytia received close to $100,000 in taxpayer monies.

Hypocrisy at its most poignant.

Martin Paredes

Martín Paredes is a Mexican immigrant who built his business on the U.S.-Mexican border. As an immigrant, Martín brings the perspective of someone who sees México as a native through the experience...

6 replies on “The Hypocrisy of Veronica Escobar”

  1. How is it “corruption” to have someone on the county payroll going through the due process guaranteed by the constitution? Does that mean people are guilty until proven innocent?

    When he entered his plea deal he quit. He did what you wanted him to do. Why are you complaining?

    You need think before you write. Plenty of people with criminal records work at the city, county, state and federal government level.

    Can you please explain your support for Cobos? I’d like to hear how you square that circle.

  2. I have only met her once and she seemed like a sincere and nice person. Otherwise, I agree that she is one of the Shaplites who are bankrupting the city along with CC that has turned it over to the builders to pave our way to prosperity.

  3. I tend to agree with Davidk on this one….I don’t know how long one is supposed to be pegged a criminal title but man our prisons are full due to our drug laws etc….Jaime is not to old for rehab but its like hes not really the type of offender that needs rehabbing….actually Govt jobs is the only place some probationers and parolees can find jobs eg Govt has to help former offenders work. I can understand why Perez hired Jaime and its because Jaime has passion for that which many of us have a conflicting love-hate relationship with ie politics. Its hard to see how one can spin Jaime story one way and not see the same in GOP and DEMS and all politics….the real question is when is one going to stop viewing politicians as leaders etc and be fed up with all politics and get back to the land and realize the only true non hypocrisy rests in ones own family and their 40 acre homestead, real freedom rests with ones own land and the second and fourth amendment and not political spins.

  4. “And Limón said, “In the 16 months I have served on City Council, I have received nothing but the most professional, courteous and informative assistance from the City Attorney’s Office.”

    In response to whether there were any complaints or efforts to make staffing changes at the City Attorney’s Office, Mayor Oscar Leeser said, “Out of respect for city personnel, I do not comment on personnel matters.”

    City Manager Tommy Gonzalez was unavailable for comment. He does not oversee the city attorney.

    The city appointed Borunda Firth to the city attorney position in December 2011 for an initial period of three years. According to her employment contract, her starting annual base salary was $190,000, and her initial contract period ends on Dec. 19, 2014.

    City spokeswoman Juli Lozano said the city attorney, whose current salary is $203,490, oversees approximately 20 lawyers in the legal department.

    Unless the City Council notifies her 120 days before this Dec. 19 that it intends not to renew her contract, the contract will automatically renew for a one-year period. Under the city charter, the mayor appoints the city attorney with council’s confirmation”

    Can there be anymore butt-kissing in the City of El Pato. monil/moni

  5. It’s amusing to see your list of top posters. Guess your blog has become their mission in life. The irony is your top “participants” are the very people have grown fat from feeding at the public trough from one generation to the next, despite publicly beating their chest in faux outrage about liberal misdeeds. It’s amusing to watch them defend a thug whose criminal misdeeds date back to 2000 in multiple states (there’s your due process Star). Funny how Vince, aided by his bitch thug crucified Chente Quintanilla for giving bikes to kids and raffling money in the Lower Valley as a tacky campaign gimmick. But when Vince hires the thug with the checkered past (so much for county personnel policy on background checks), not a peep. Guess when said thug works defending their place in line to the trough, the very diverse horde unleashes its army of useless idiots.

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