I wasn’t even aware of the attempt to eradicate Mexicans from the El Paso scene at the time. I wasn’t even aware that in El Paso there are two standards, one for the well-connected and another for the rest of us. As a matter of fact, I was disconnected from the political scene.
I was a small businessman looking to enter the U.S. market through El Paso. I had recently returned to North America after living in Europe for a few years and I wanted to grow my business by opening a U.S. market.
All I wanted to do was build an Internet empire at the time people thought the internet was AOL.
So, I launched a website, a place where people could vent about anything. It was platform for expression. Today, it is Facebook and blogs, but back then I created the first blog for El Paso politics. I also created a place – a forum – where people could vent. People vented about all sorts of things, but mainly the political undercurrent and the lack of journalism in El Paso.
Ray Caballero didn’t like it one bit when his underlings and plans for downtown redevelopment were being exposed by people who knew about them. Caballero and cohorts were especially bothered by the fact that people were exposing Larry Medina for his corruption.
Yup, that’s right, everyone knew that Larry Medina was corrupt, except Caballero and Bob Moore, or so they want us to believe. The facts were laid out on my forum but rather than investigate them, Moore and his paper decided to shut me down by targeting me with one of their “investigative” reporting features.
Larry Medina was the criminal and people were learning about it through my forum. That bothered some powerful people in town who wanted to reinvent El Paso on your dime.
Bob Moore unleashed his intrepid lapdog, Daniel Borunda, who wanted to win a Pulitzer by exposing me as a Mexican intent on breaking all the laws to claim ownership of the political scene in El Paso. Borunda, with Moore’s blessing, and with lack of all journalistic integrity set upon trying to manufacture a crime for me.
Daniel Borunda contacted me under the guise that he wanted to write a piece on my little company. Borunda acted as if he was going to write a piece about how I was revolutionizing through the internet, before the internet was revolutionary. Before Facebook.
While everyone knew that Larry Medina was corrupt, Bob Moore was protecting him by attacking me simply because he was directed to by Ray Caballero, protégé to Veronica Escobar. Of this, I have no doubt, although Moore is likely to deny it.
Nonetheless, in the end, because of my experience at the hands of Moore’s corruption, I set out to create what is now my blog.
In the newspaper’s article announcing Moore’s departure, you might note that it has no byline. Instead, it is attributed to the El Paso Times staff.
Since when does a reporter not wanted to be attributed? It is either because they are being threatened by the drug cartels or because they know what they are reporting is obvious fake news. I strongly lean towards fake news.
The article insinuates that Bob Moore is leaving to make room for others as the money dwindles in the failing newspaper. But, like everything else surrounding Bob Moore, fake news abounds.
I have it on good authority that Bob Moore attempted to get a job in Santa Fe and he was not hired. Seeing the writing on the wall, it is my belief that Bob Moore is pretending to make room for others instead of waiting to be fired.
Regardless, this is not the first time Bob Moore leaves the newspaper only to return to make it worse.
The scam of El Paso downtown redevelopment took a break when Moore was gone. When he returned to the El Paso Times, the scam of downtown redevelopment was back on the table. This led to the ballpark and is now the reason for Duranguito.
I bet, Bob Moore ends up on Veronica Escobar’s public payroll in the near future and/or he shows up at the El Paso Times again to lead the corruption efforts of the city.
So, spare me the fake news of Bob Moore leading the effort to clean up EPISD of its corruption while leading a newspaper that missed the corruption of Bob Jones and the numerous other public corruption scandals in El Paso for many years.
After all, everyone knew Larry Medina is corrupt to the core, but Bob Moore felt it more important to shut me down than investigate the ample evidence exposing the deep-seated corruption in El Paso. Imagine if Moore had investigated Medina instead of protecting him by attacking me? How many corrupt practices could have been averted saving, you the taxpayers, lots of money. Poisoned Pawns did not happen in a vacuum, it was protected by Bob Moore at the behest of the people raiding your tax dollars for playgrounds for themselves.
I was sorry to see Medina go to jail. I don’t know about his crimes, but he was always kind to me. Ditto Ray Cabellero, Jan Sumrall, Joe Wardy, Susie Byrd, Judge Escobar and probably a lot of other people who have made the 10 Most Wanted list here. Enemies are easy to make; it takes work to keep friends and I have to remind myself of that every day because we take politics so seriously here as our bloodsport.
I was in Canada from March to August this year and it is so different there. The political season lasts less than two months, votes are counted (takes about a week what with all the wilderness in BC), winners announced, and everyone goes back to their day job. Their bloodsport is hockey.
Jerry K: More times than not, Martin is right. Mayor Ray Caballero faked a water shortage. Jan Sumrall, (RIP) damned herself with her own email. Jan also secured campaign workers by promising jobs that she never even tried to deliver. Among them, was a Municipal Judgeship for Mark Briggs that never happened. Mayor Joe Wardy fired Charlie McNabb and Laura Gordon to hire the worst City Attorney in El Paso’s History: Lisa Elizondo. Wardy et. al subsequently approved Elizondo’s use of more than $10,000 tax dollars to redecorate her office. After which, Lisa landed on the EPPD website with a DUI! As a City Councilor, Susie Byrd vehemently supported the legalization of marijuana. Susie is now an elected member of the EPISD School Board, where there should be zero tolerance for anyone even remotely associated with the legalization of Pot. Veronica Escobar earned her in an environment where, for decades, the right hand never knew what the left hand was doing, and never will. Thanks to Bob Moore.
Defacto, Read and explain. What were you trying to say about Escobar? Something is missing. This is interesting.
Reply to “What” from Defacto:
” Veronica Escobar has earned her stripes in an environment where, for decades, the right hand never knew what the left hand was doing, and never will. Thanks to Bob Moore.”
Veronica Escobar is the scapegoat when Bob Moore, or his staff, his staff choose to ignore pending cases in the El Paso County Courthouse. In the face of adversity, Veronica has worked very hard to serve El Paso County. She’s done a very good job for El Paso.
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