For years, dirty politicking and backroom dealings were synonymous with South Laredo. But not anymore! In fact, you’ve got to tip your hat to George Altgelt for engineering what might be the most ingenious plan in Laredo political history.
On Tuesday, Altgelt was seen at Chili’s meeting (not very quietly, by the way) with opponents Hector Cortez and Danny Lopez, Jr. According to a number of people who overheard this conversation at the bar, the three were trying to devise a way to force a runoff with admitted frontrunner John Galo. Once they discovered they had been, er, discovered, Cortez was heard to say something to the effect of: “Quick! We’ve got to change to a new location.”
Tuesday night, Altgelt posted a vicious attack against Galo, assailing his character, insulting his family and accusing him of everything but offering bribes to officials in Willacy County. Three candidates ganging up on one, calling the one a bully. The post was “authored” by Altgelt, Cortez and Lopez. Oddly, it only appears on Altgelt’s website. Lopez denied having anything to do with anything. Cortez hasn’t updated his website in months.
So, just as it has been all along, Altgelt is doing the attacking by himself. But in the name of his opponents. Does that sound slightly screwy? Sounds like a circle, er, of friends to us, Lizardistas!
You have to wonder if Cortez and Lopez – both of whom have more spent more on their media campaigns than Altgelt – realize that George’s game is to knock both of them out of the race while making room for himself on a runoff ballot. If Galo is the frontrunner, and you have to assume he is based on name ID and community standing, then there are three guys who AREN’T going to make a runoff if there is one. Simple mathamatics.
Five candidates run. One wins. Four go home. If Altgelt smells victory, do you think he’ll turn on Cortez and Lopez? You bet he will. By week’s end, he will make us ALL forget about Louie Bruni and drag us lower than we’ve ever been dragged before.
Maybe Altgelt feels that Lopez and Cortez don’t mind throwing tens of thousands of dollars and hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours down the drain so he can jump them into a runoff. Maybe George thinks Lopez and Cortez are stupid. If they bought into this scheme then they certainly are.
But Webb County voters are a lot smarter than Altgelt thinks they are. If the Three Amigos attack as one, then the voters will undoubtedly reject the three of them as one.
Why would Altgelt engineer such a coordinated negative attack? We’ll talk about that later. Stay tuned, Lizardistas!