My crystal ball says that this is a part of our “new normal.”
The Hidalgo County Democratic Party appointment of a convicted felon to serve on a committee handling mail-in ballots, though legal, has drawn concerns from members of both parties in the ongoing, contentious election.
“I feel it’s an insult to the members of Hidalgo County,” Adrienne Peña-Garza, who sits as the chair of the opposing Republican party, said.
Sylvia Handy is serving on the Hidalgo County Signature Verification Board, a committee tasked with verifying and processing mail-in ballots. This year, the county sent out over 18,300 ballots by mail.
Ok but what did she do?
Handy entered into a plea deal March 8, 2010, affirming she was guilty of employing and claiming a tax credit for a housekeeper who did not have legal status to reside in the U.S. and hiring a different woman to work for Hidalgo County Precinct 1 under an unlawfully assumed citizenship identity for six years.
On the one hand, I suppose it’s good somebody has been punished at some point for these types of crimes.
There seems to be some technicality in the law that allows Democrats to do this. Sort of like there’s a technicality in the constitution that allows mothers to kill their children, I guess.
Though Handy meets legal requirements to serve, the optics of selecting someone convicted for abusing a position of trust is a concern for Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa.
“Certainly, [that’s] something that should be considered by the chair when making the determination both because of the perception and because of the concerns other people might have regarding a person with that prior conviction,” Hinojosa said.
Most Americans have a very misconceived perception about what corruption looks like. People assume that when there is corruption, the people just have a general sense that things are corrupt. The truth is, countries that are corrupt have the corruption in plain sight. Places like Mexico and other Latin American countries are openly corrupt and everybody there knows it. Their populations simply can’t muster up the will to do anything about it. Instead, they just shrug their shoulders and accept their status as a failed state.
Soon, the cartels will be running our elections in many parts of Texas. The response from people will be a shrug of the shoulders and possibly calling you a racist for noticing.