According to some, like Norma Chavez and Moises Bujanda, 78 percent of El Paso voted against Steve Ortega in the mayor's race. Which does not make sense because you do not vote "against" anybody in an open seat race.
But let's run with this line of thinking.
If 78 percent voted "against" Steve Ortega, the not-incumbent Mayor of El Paso, and his detractors are already carving up his political gravestone, then what about Carl Robinson?
Carl Robinson, an incumbment, had 57 percent of the voters in his district vote against him.
Incumbents that head into runoffs usually do not fair too well. One recent runoff in El Paso that involved an incumbent is proof of that. Remember, Norma Chavez?
Which is a good reason for Carl Robinson to NOT pal around an incumbent who lost in a runoff like Norma Chavez.
Norma maybe "volunteering" her "consulting services" to Carl for free, but there is nothing more expensive than free.
That bill may come sooner to Carl then he would like.
It may already have.
While both Carl and Sam Morgan are both military, Sam Morgan has cooler hair....FACT.
Norma Chavez would go to Austin to beg lobbyists for money for her alleged upcoming campaign bid.
They ignored her the first time, and they will ignore her this time.
The only thing that will change is Norma's pitch.
She will now go to the same lobbyists and claim that she has political capital after helping Oscar Leeser secure an impressive result in the mayor's election, even though she did not. And that Oscar Leeser is behind her, along with his friends in the business community, even though Oscar probably never said such a thing.
So if I were Oscar's camp, I'd be looking over my shoulder, not because of Steve, but because of Norma.
If Norma were politically savvy, she would stay low until after the runoff. But no, she has too much of an ego.
Remember, it's Norma's ice sculpture, and we all happen to be skating on it.
Steve Ortega has a problem. Some of you cuties out there would say he has 78 problems.
Some will say Steve did not have a record to run. But neither did Obama when he first ran for POTUS, neither did our pansexual, Mary Gonzalez, when she ran for the Legislature, and Vince's record was not much compared to Chente Quintanilla's record (not that Chente had much to begin with), and they all still won.
Steve's problem is that he did not come out swinging from the get-go. There is a lot of things going on in El Paso to brag about, whether it is a credit to you or not. Even if it is not to your credit, hell, take credit. Obama does it all the time about saving Detroit (although it was Bush who did it). Low crime rate, the growing medical school, Fort Bliss expansion, low unemployment, and so on...all things candidate for Mayor Max Powers would have taken credit for.
Also, instead of "We Believe in Steve", it should have been "Keep El Paso Moving Forward." Instead of the commercial of Steve in an office doing an interivew, he should have had a commercial - first - of him walking through downtown El Paso talking about a "Field of Dreams" rather than defending himself for making "tough decisions".
The other problem for Steve is that he is an attorney. Attorneys know how to make arguments in a courtroom, but attorneys do not know how to make a sell...unless someone is under legal duress. We all saw Leeser's commercial. How could you NOT love that guy? And he said absolutely nothing!
But that's all too little to late.
So what's Steve supposed to do now?
If you are behind, go negative. Steve took all the blows because he was the perceived frontrunner, but now the frontrunner is Oscar Leeser. It's Oscar's turn. If there is one thing that gets under a salesman's skin is when you start asking him questions about what he is selling.