With former Mayor John Cook being County Judge Veronica Escobar's anointed successor, what happens to Commissioner Vince Perez?
He's stuck, and looks like he will be stuck for sometime.
Compared to his last gig, Cook's new gig - assuming he wins - comes with 3 times the pay and helluva lot less responsibility. In other words, Cook ain't looking to serve one-term. If he has it his way, he will be County Judge until the day he expires.
And please I do not want to hear this non-sense that Vince needs to wait his turn.
If Dolores Briones, and Veronica Escobar could be County Judge, why not Vince?
What about another gig for Vince?
Like State Senate.
Rumor has it Jose Rodriguez wants out.
So why not Vince?
Well, a couple of reasons.
Vince's current gig pays him nearly $90,000 a year. Add all the benefits and he is making six-figures.
And he recently married a city council person, whose salary and benefits combined with his, gets them closer to $150k per year.
I cannot imagine his better half saying, "So you're going to take job that pays $7,200 a year and that requires you to spend half your time in Austin? Okay!"
Even if Vince got creative and maxed out his per diem benefits as a state legislator he would still not even come close to his current salary.
Now, if he got a divorce, all bets are off, but that probably ain't happening either. It's a cheaper to keep her kinda scenario.
On the other hand, Perez's salary does mean that his wife could run for State Senate because of his salary.