County Judge Veronica Escobar is distancing herself from Jim Valenti.
It's what elected officials naturally do when smoke appears next to their allies and friends. They abandon them, and act suprised..."I never thought!"
As I have said, Valenti should take the bonus. He curries no more or no less favor with Escobar if he does not, and the reason why is that Escobar and Valenti made their bed together, figuratively, long time ago.
They both are attached to hip.
If she forces Valenti out, Valenti can sue.
If she nudges Valenti out with parachute, well, if you all are mad now about a $120,000 bonus, I can only image you all will go DEFCON 1.