Armando Rodriguez just does not know when to stop.
His issue with State Representative Marisa Marquez has to do with a text message sent to him. A text message NOT sent by Marisa Marquez. A text message sent to him by a lobbyist, Mark Smith, looking for gig.
For those who do not know, Mark Smith, is a lobbyist whose client is Woody Hunt. As a lobbyist, it is Mark Smith's job to be as friendly to all elected officials in El Paso and Austin. But like any other lobbyist, Mark Smith is looking for new clients. Not exactly shocking that a lobbyist approaches an organization to sell his or her services.
Now what is shocking is that Armando Rodriguez chose to hire someone - Aaron Barraza - who cannot find the restrooms either at County Courthouse or State Capitol to lobby on behalf of Canutillo ISD.
What does this have to with Marisa Marquez? Nothing.
You see, Armando Rodriguez is too scared to take on State Senator Jose Rodriguez. Armando is scared of other men. But a woman? Sheeeeeiiiit. That's what it has come down. A drunk man picking on a woman.
You guys thinking I am exaggerating about this alcohol. I wish.
Apparently, Canutillo ISD lobbyist, Aaron Barraza, did take Armando Rodriguez to the Channel 7 studios this past Sunday. Never mind the fact Aaron Barraza was never hired to be Armando's personal assistant.
Go to Cinncinnati you will find Armando Rodriguez drinking it up with Aaron in tow.
This is where it gets interesting.
Somebody has to be paying the tab. The question is who?
We do not know if Armando has money because we do not have any personal financial statements to go off of. We do know lobbyists tend to "wine and dine" elected officials (see Norma Chavez's graduation party). Is a Canutillo ISD credit card being used to pay for these drinks? Or is Aaron Barraza being reimbursed for picking up Armando's tab? We do not know.
I do know that Woody Hunt and Eliot Shapleigh cannot be all that happy with Aaron Barraza. Recently, Barraza was brought-in as the newest recruit for Team Shapleigh. But neither Shapleigh nor Woody must all that pleased with Aaron serving as some drunk's personal valet and errand boy, a drunk mind you who is trying to fight transparency efforts.
Did I say "transparency efforts"? I meant to say transparency LAW.