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.