This month’s issue of LareDos contains a campaign ad by Raul Salinas. He’s packed more words into a page of the magazine than you might think possible…most of them distortions and outright falsehoods.
He’s desperately clinging to the remains of his power and it’s obvious that he’ll say anything to get us to vote for him again. That should come as no surprise considering it’s plain to see that he is headed for defeat in November. Talk on the street is that he may be running so far behind that is the election were to be held today, he wouldn’t make the runoff.
But back to the ad. You can find it online at http://issuu.com/raquito/docs/sep10
Some of the more ludicrous claims Salinas makes include:
“Reduction in crime.” Suppose the Sheriff or Police Chief or Homeland Security might give Salinas credit for that one? Is it even true? Last time we checked, you still are at risk anytime you come within 1,000 yards of the Rio Grande. Guess his extensive field experience in the FBI is still paying off for us. Just ask the kidnap victims who never came home, or the 28,000 victims of the drug war raging on the other end of all four of our bridges.
“Brought millions of dollars in Federal and State funding.” Suppose Congressman Cuellar might give Salinas credit for that one? Last time we checked, Congress approved the recovery act and Governor Perry refused a great portion of the money. How did we get all that money that they didn’t get in Houston or Dallas? Ahhh! That’s right! We had Raul Salinas in Washington working for us. It may also be worth noting that more than $2 million of those funds went to Salinas’ friends for construction jobs. Word on the street is that one of his amigos got a new block fence out of the deal.
“Secured immediate FEMA assistance for flood victims.” Really? When the Rio Grande flooded Los Martinez Blvd., Salinas was standing on the bridge posing for CNN, Fox and The Weather Channel. Then, after Councilman Gene Belmares led a volunteer army into the West Side to help those families, Salinas shut the rescue effort down. Then, when he showed up in the Los Martinez area, days after the flood, the residents ran him out of the neighborhood. There might have been FEMA assistance … but someone needs to ask Chubby Cheeks when he got it, how he got it and WHO GOT THE MONEY?
“Resufaced more than 2,000 streets.” Yeah, we all saw him out there on the street corners waving his Mexican made signs. But how many of those 2,000 streets were repaired because Salinas pushed it or because of the efforts of Laredo City Council members. That’s their job, right? Is a pattern beginning to emerge here?
Here’s the best one… actually, they’re all pretty good … but here’s still the biggest accomplishment he lists:
“For 18 years spent several days on Wal-Mart and HEB Rooftops collecting Christmas gifts for needy children and seniors.” We’ve all seen the big pink blow-up gorillas on the car dealerships. Well if you’re old enough to vote, there’s a chance that we’ve had a big bald blow-up buffoon on the roof of the Wal-Mart every year of your life! Last time we checked, Salinas wasn’t mayor 18 years ago. And when we looked a little closer, his wife got caught selling holiday gifts that Farouk Shami donated to the families of U.S. servicemen and servicewomen.
Perhaps he should crawl back up on top of the Wal-Mart and wait another 18 years!
Check out his ad in LareDos. It’s entertaining reading. It’s also a crock of sh*t.