State Representative Cesar Blanco's support for the EPISD bond package got me thinking.
Where does Blanco live?
Per the Bexar CAD, Blanco owns a home in San Antonio.
Per his campaign finance reports, Blanco claims a post office box in El Paso.
When the Texas Legislature is in session, Blanco does disclose rent payments in Austin...which is A-Okay.
But let's go back to the Bexar CAD.
Listed in the Bexar CAD is an El Paso address.
If you look up that address in El Paso CAD, you will not see Blanco's name come up with that corresponding address in the El Paso CAD.
Is this a big deal?
If Blanco's San Antonio home is paid-off, well, maybe he can get by with paying rent for a duplex in El Paso so he can pretend that he lives in there. Of course, we are assuming he is paying rent at a market rate because if he was not then Blanco would have to disclose that...or at least we would hope because if not, then oh boy.
If his house in San Antonio is not paid off, well he has both a monthly mortgage AND rental payment that he has to pay for personally. Paying that on a state legislator's salary is nearly impossible unless you max out your monthly state allowed per diem as well as have another job. He does have another job, but how much time he dedicates to that job and amount of compensation he receives in return only he could disclose.
But who cares, right?
This is your next congressman, who by the way wants you to vote on a bond issue that does not affect him.