Re: “El Pasoan of the Year” by David Crowder, Dec. 30, 2018-Jan. 5, 2019, page 1A:
I got my El Paso Inc. and my son and I were delighted to see Beto O’Rourke and Ruben Garcia as your leaders. I have known Ruben for about 45 years when he was the youth director for the Diocese of El Paso.
Beto I have known since he was a little boy. My folklorico danced at his house for an invitation from his father, Pat. He asked them to dance for all the state’s county judges. We used to do the history of dance in our presentations and had to dress inside their home.
Beto was sitting in the living room just watching us go in and out of the house. We asked him, “What’s your name?” He answered, “Beto.”
I helped him with his campaign like thousands of people. Queta Fierro and I went to the senior citizens center to campaign for him.
Here you have two 84-year-old grannies cheerleading for him. We were sad when he lost, but this was a new beginning for him in the politics of the USA. He made history.
Regardless of whether or not you agree with his politics, he is no doubt the person of the year around here.
Having lived all over the place, I can say that El Paso has its virtues… But I don’t think El Paso rates as a model to follow. O’Rourke is pandering. The dude is an amateur and thinks that by playing on “homestead” emotions, he’s gonna win elections.
In a twist of irony, progressives are supposed to be diametrically opposed to nationalism and yet here he goes, narrowing down sentiment to a sleepy community, claiming all the nation should be just like it.
Beto! We are all so proud!!
U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar
Great choice in selecting Beto and Ruben as this years awardees! Looking forward to the event!