I do not know about you, but I have found the recent stories in the El Paso Times about former State Senator Eliot Shapleigh kinda odd.
If the El Paso Times is going to start congratulating former elected officials for past achievement, then there are probably some others that deserve the Shapleigh treatment as well. But that ain't happening.
So why the Shapleigh love-fest?
I have a hypothesis.
Shapleigh is bored. Being out of the elected office and playing husband has to be killing Shapleigh inside.
That and he sees his buddy in Austin who is mayor over there and is feeling a little envious.
Is Shapleigh feeling the mayoral bug?
There is the fact Team Shapleigh does not have anybody with name recognition that can run for mayor. And like hell Team Shapleigh wants to push City Representative Ordaz for mayor.
Then there is the fact that between KVIA and the El Paso Times a narrative - built upon bullshit - about how evil the city manager is.
Now we have Bob Moore journalistically going down on Shapleigh on how he saved EPISD.
"But Max, Shapleigh take on Leeser?"
The El Paso Times has created enough bad headlines about City Hall that Shapleigh can pin this all on Leeser.
Congressman Beto O'Rourke, County Judge Veronica Escobar, State Senator Jose Rodriguez, State Representative-elect Lina Ortega, County Commissioner David Stout, EPISD Trustee, and so on, would all join their headmaster on Rim Road to announce his candidacy for mayor.
Then Bob Moore works his magic to make it front page news, and the rest takes care of itself.