There appears to be a lot of rumors about whether or not Oscar Leeser will run for Congress after all.
So for the purposes of this post, let us assume Leeser is NOT running for Congress.
That leaves County Judge Veronica Escobar as the shoe-in candidate.
Or does it?
As you probably have noticed, Congressman Beto O'Rourke and Escobar have been lately super best friends in public. Not that we did not know already that they are tighter than wedding day vagina, but still, now more than ever they been laying their public displays of political affection thick.
But those public displays of political support that those two are making have been unforced errors, i.e. El Paso PD Chief Allen, and Transgender-on-ICE arrest.
What is going on here?
You would think the political faction that controls the County, claims a sitting US Congressman, and controls and/or has agitators in all the right local non-profit and government boards would be more disciplined.
But they are not because they are scared.
Generally-speaking, when you are scared, you tend to make unforced errors.
So why are they scared?
O'Rourke is no friend of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. If you ask me, that is a feature not a flaw, however, that is a flaw if you want to get things done in D.C. unfortunately. So more than likely Escobar will not be able to count on or assume any Washington money will be pouring right into her campaign account.
Enter Cesar Blanco.
Blanco, who is a state legislator, may actually have more pull in D.C. than Beto.
Given his past his experience as a Congressional staffer, he can claim, unlike Escobar, that he does have more experience.
Also that same experience is what would help him raise more cash from D.C. than Escobar. El Paso cash? It will go the same way the D.C. cash goes. I cannot imagine for a second, Woody Hunt or Paul Foster, would want to donate money to a candidate who will start his or her Congressional career as persona non grata.
Oh, and Blanco being a veteran wanting to represent a military town certainly does not hurt.
And the fact Blanco has never voted to give himself a pay raise twice, or publicly suggest the reason why El Pasoans do not do certain things is because of lithium.
So what is to stop Blanco from running?
People, in this case Escobar and her friends, telling Blanco, "It's not your turn yet. You have to wait. Don't worry once Escobar is done serving in 20 years you can run!"
If Barack Obama "waited his turn", he probably would have never been president.
Jeb Bush "waited his turn", and will never be president
But more close to home, the "wait your turn" crowd was not exactly thinking "wait your turn" when Beto ran against Silvestre Reyes.
If Blanco were to announce that he is running for Congress, I am sure Leeser would not only slam the door shut on running for Congress, but would also donate to Blanco.
So the seat is there for Blanco to take...if he wants it.