This post was updated on June 25, 2015 at 08:46am ET.

There are some of you who still wonder about what political faction Peter Svarzbein belongs to. As soon as it became evident that District 1 would be represented by either Al Weisenberger or Peter Svarzbein, I knew that the tax spenders were still firmly in control. When I wrote that it didn’t matter who won the runoff, some of you argued that Weisenberger and Svarzbein represented two separate special interests groups and that anyone associated with Ann Morgan Lilly would be worse than the other would. Some of you voted against Weisenberger for that reason.

The fact is that when it comes to the Horde, either candidate is good for them. You only need to look at the campaign contributions made by Woody Hunt to understand that. Where the special interests diverged is in the divide between the “old money” and the “progressives” faction that sprung up from the Veronica Escobar, Beto O’Rourke and Susie Byrd faction that evolved from the Ray Caballero alliance with Eliot Shapleigh and Jose Rodriguez.

Both factions are beholden to the largess from Woody Hunt and Paul Foster and both will support tax-spending initiatives that the Foster-Hunt horde wants. However, there are numerous other special interests that are vying for control at city hall. One group, the “old money” has been effectively represented by Ann Morgan Lilly and Cortney Niland. The case of the Margarita Cabrera Uplift sculpture is one example of the type of advantage this faction levies upon the city council.

The other faction is the one being driven by Veronica Escobar. Currently she has Beto O’Rourke, Susie Byrd, Vince Perez and Claudia Ordaz firmly working on the public policy agenda embarked upon by Ray Caballero. Peter Svarzbein was just added to this cabal.

Rather than bore you with a detailed boring post I am going to let the following image clearly lay it out for you.

(Please note, if you are easily offended stop reading here as the next image may offend some of you.)

Now you can clearly see why Jaime Abeytia and David Karlsruher have gone after each other. Abeytia is the political operative for Veronica Escobar. Karlsruher, on the other hand, acts on behalf of his mother who supports the “old money” of the Upper Westside elite. Both useful idiots act on behalf of their masters. When their masters are supporting a Horde initiative, they act in unison. When the Horde is not interested in the issue, both default to the needs of their individual masters.

Unfortunately, for you, the taxpayer, Peter Svarzbein is nothing more than a tool for those that are managing him. He just does not have the maturity to be an independent thinker, and thus he is malleable to the will of the Veronica Escobar faction.

Again, rather than bore you with a lengthy explanation I will let the following image speak for itself.

(UPDATE on June 25, 2015 at 08:46am ET) I have removed the picture because Jonny Svarzbein has written that the picture is of him rather than of Peter. I wrote to Jonny that I would leave the comments in place, although they reference the picture in question because many of them point out that the picture is of Jonny. In addition, many were humorous.

The image was sent to me by a reader that wishes to remain anonymous.

The “old money” lost a vote with Ann Morgan Lilly and the loss of Al Weisenberger. Escobar gained one in Peter Svarzbein. As you can see, Peter Svarzbein will do as he is told by Veronica Escobar and cohorts.

Martin Paredes

Reporting on public corruption, border politics, immigration and public policy in El Paso since 2000.

107 replies on “Veronica Escobar’s Newest Team Member: Peter Svarzbein”

  1. Look I don’t like where this is all going. The fact of the matter are there a lot of legitimate questions about Peter and exactly where his loyalties lie.

    I appreciate this blog because I don’t have a lot of time to research things myself. (Shooting commercials is hard work even though the pay is nice!!! Right Casey? Sergio?) #setlife

    1. As the creator of the universe, I can verify that this man is a boss when it comes to booking acting work. #setlife #getit #work

    2. As the creator of the universe, I can verify that actor Casey Feigh is jealous of actor Baraka Hardley.

      1. Since I am infallible, I will iterate that this was not a typo caused by me Internet surfing while driving, but that there is a Hollywood named Baraka Hardley AND one named Barak Hardley. (Baraka is better, but you didn’t hear that from me, creator of the universe.)

  2. We are so disappointed in you. Next time maybe you should go with the lengthy explanation. because pictures don’t tell story’s especially when you post a picture that isn’t even the man your talking about.

    1. Also did that rash clear up?

      p.s. your father says I’m not using the internet correctly, like he’d know!

  3. This is dumb, and so is whoever wrote it. I’m sorry I fucked up when I made you.

  4. The silliness is whomever is posting those juvenile comments as parents and at the highest level of stupidity as God.

    The comments are not even funny.

  5. You make fun of Svarbein, and an army of unemployed hipsters come out of the shadows to defend their role model. I can’t stand so-called “artists” that need to continuously spout off political rhetoric in an effort to lend credence to their “work” and pathetic career choices. Newsflash, protest art and music ended in the sixties. You are not Bob Dylan or The Beatles. Drawing chalk art at the local coffee shop around the corner does nothing for society, no matter how much you expound on the horrors of US hegemony and corporatism. The problem I see with Svarzbein is that he is going to give these loons a reason to continue doing nothing in the hopes that if they blow enough hot air, one day they will be elected city councilman from some place in West Texas, and will never have to eat ramen for dinner ever again. You know who you are, unemployed hipster.

    1. Real or troll? Did you happen to pick up on the fact that the blogger used a picture of the councilman’s brother, and that all of the comments are from acquaintances of the brother, not the councilman?

      1. I would be honored. Thanks for sharing! P.s. did anybody see Taft-Farley at TNT last night? Holy cow!

    2. Hi Manny!

      Half of us have come back from the grave to let you know that in fact, we are The Beatles. Though music has long sustained us, we have chosen to use this brief respite from the horrors of hell to dabble in internet comedy. True, protest art appears to be dead. But you’ll be happy to know that pointless, empty comedy is alive and well! We can’t wait to start contributing to Thought Catalog and Clickhole.

      With love,
      John, Paul, George, Ringo and Pete Best

  6. Handy Fan,

    STEAMED? Not really, I’m not a thin skinned unemployed hipster, like some commenting on this blog.

  7. Serious,

    Doesn’t change the fact that all the unemployed hipsters still see the councilman as their role model, for reasons I detailed in my first comment (did you catch the subtleties in that one?)

  8. You guys should read the writings of Wayland McQueen because he really nails what makes the band 311 special.

  9. And the Svarzbein boys and their dadda’s money at work. Oh that we could all live off of minimalist talent. All it takes is a golden pacifier– and a beard.

    1. Oh, but you know what’s really oh so funny? The ironies man. First you have politicians who win elections thanks to Citizens United and the superpacs it made possible (and thanks to the wife’s daddy’s money) campaign fining against superpacs. Then you have the journalists and moral pedestal high queen from Chucopeddler–by way of Nee York– calling this post creepy while she creepily stalks the blogs she so disdains. It just doesn’t get richer than that you white liberals, right Debbie?

  10. Way to go, Manny. Seems like the Svarzbein brothers consist of a not-funny comedian and the other is a hack photographer, “conceptual artist” and now politico. He makes a better hipster version of a McDonald’s Grimace.

  11. 105 comments. Wow! Do you all realize you just gave more attention to this blogger than any other local blogger in the El Paso bloggesphere. Amazing! Little Boy David K, Ali Babba, little Budda, the Martian has just made guys look like minimal and you don’t even realize it. Lol. Consider yourselves played. Wow! From an observer and concerned citizen.

  12. Amazing, that all this babbling crap was generated by one D-list TV comic. Jonny, you gotta ration the crystal blue persuasion. That stuff can kill you!

    Look, Peter’s a tool, but no reason to act out by proving what a defective bloodline he stems from. Petey’s perfectly capable of doing that himself!

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