“Stolen elections are the gateway to stealing all the rest of it.”
Via Texas Watchdog.org: After beating state Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa in court, an election law attorney says South Texas’ tide of corruption is turning. But slowly. Dealing a double defeat to Hinojosa, a district court and appellate court voided the election of Weslaco City Commissioner Lupe Rivera. The courts found that Rivera was aided by a string of forgeries, false addresses and “flexible residencies.”
Hinojosa, who represented Rivera, argued the shady activities were business as usual in the Rio Grande Valley…
Jerad Najvar, who represented Rivera challenger Letty Lopez, said, “The kind of violations we proved in this case — false registrations and manipulation of mail-in ballots — are commonplace in South Texas elections. The majority of folks are sick of it.”
Najvar said his client’s court victories proved that election fraud exists, and can be beaten back… “we got an opinion from the Corpus Christi court of appeals reaffirming that the voting residency definition is a meaningful standard, and enforcing the ballot by mail chain of custody provisions. That’s a precedential opinion…”
As Hinojosa considers appealing to the State Supreme Court, further delaying the ordered new election and keeping his client Rivera in office, the state Attorney General’s Office is considering a criminal investigation.
Mary Helen Flores, president of the non-partisan group Citizens Against Voter Abuse that helped expose illegal vote harvesting in the Rio Grande Valley by politiqueras – over a dozen have already been prosecuted for federal crimes – says:
“Each and every individual who participates in the degradation of our electoral process should face mandatory jail time. Gilberto Hinojosa is openly condoning this activity. Through his words and actions, he is telling the people who’ll listen to him that cheating is OK. Cameron County is paying dearly for this philosophy. We are the poorest, and among the least educated populations in the country, due in large part to chronic public corruption. Stolen elections are the gateway to stealing all the rest of it.”