I almost feel sorry for City Representative Jim Tolbert. Almost.
Well, his own friends, like Susie Byrd, have phucked him over.
Remember when the El Paso Times did a big story on City Representative Claudia Ordaz's text messages that I received through an open records request?
Hard time remembering?
Well, don't try too hard because it did not happen.
I pull an open records request on Tolbert and post an email about steak?
The El Paso Times goes to DEFCON 1.
You would think Tolbert's alleged friends like Byrd and County Judge Veronica Escobar, who are de facto editors of the El Paso Times, would have told the Times not to run it. But they did not.
Why bother putting up with Byrd and Escobar if you are not getting the media protection that they bestow on themselves and their other friends?
Tolbert has gone to bat for those asshats, but they will be more-or-less AWOL as he has to fend off five challengers.
Sure, Byrd and Escobar will say they support Tolbert, but when Tolbert calls for help, his so-called friends will come up with a myriad of reasons as to why they do not have time to.
Escobar will say something like that, "Jim, you have my endorsement, but I have to be in Austin this week, and next week I will be in D.C. with the Congressman measuring my drapes."
So what's Jim to do if he cannot count on his alleged friends?
He should start expediting some paving projects in his district.