Last August, mayoral candidate Dee Margo gave $1ooo to one of the most rabid Republicans in Austin - Dan Patrick - Download ContributionsByName.
"Well, what's the big deal, Max? We all know he is Republican."
Let me explain.
Emma Acosta is the Democrat in the mayor's race.
She already has locked-up the endorsement of the muni employees union...as expected.
But Acosta needs more.
She will not outraise Dee, but she can probably mobilize a lot more voters than Dee given the Democratic party's base.
That muni union, AFSCME, needs to talk all the local teacher groups in El Paso.
Teachers already hate Dee for being involved at EPISD, but if they need a reason to hate him again, well, he did give $1000 to pro-voucher Dan Patrick.
I have a feeling plenty of teachers and public education administrators would like to take a swing at Dee, Emma just needs to mobilize them.
"But Max what does the city the have to do with education?"
That's a stupid question. A city lives and dies by the quality of education that is available to all its children. School districts, not arenas, drive economic growth.
Besides, Dee is bragging about his stint at EPISD, why can't he be held accountable for it?
And know who else is interested in education besides teachers?
Members of your El Paso Delegation.
If at least one member of the delegation to endorse Emma, others will come out and endorse her too.
This is just only part of the Democratic base that Emma can mobilize because of Dee's contribution.
The other part? That's for later.