At one time, City Commissioner Rick Longoria was a member of the Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation.
Those were the days when he and Carlos Cisneros gave Charlie Atkinson a full run of the treasury to dink into his Sport Park, the boondoggle out north of the city off US 77-83.
Rick talked like a Chamber of Commerce booster then. He was a veritable Mariano "Bean" Ayala cheerleader for Brownsville. The GBIC and the sister organization Brownsville Economic Development Council were going to put Brownsville on the map and provide the incentives to drive the city's economic future into the future and beyond.
Not that anyone believed them, or for that matter Ayala. But it sounded good nonetheless.
Fast forward to the new city administration headlined by Mayor Tony Martinez. There's Tony on the United Brownsville website waxing philosophically about the city's bright future and urging all of us to be "All In" for the sake of the coming generations. "Go to school kids. Pay your taxes adults. There's a coming boom and we're riding the crest of that wave."
He is, after all, Da Mayor, and people expect him to be at the front of the parade with his Drum Major hat and staff or maze. It's part of the show.
Well, Tony has been doing such a good job it seems that even the Chinese, across the globe is you sail west like Columbus was urging, have heard Martinez leading the parade. They sent a television crew to film the optimist mayor and Martinez waxed on camera bout the coming boom to his little ol' city on the border.
Well, Rick, who is never at a loss for a discouraging word, just couldn't help himself but had to crack a guffaw at the very notion.
"Boom?," Longoria asked online.
Yes, Rick. Martinez is merely putting on a good face on perhaps a bad current situation. But as a city commissioner, once would expect that you would fall in line like a good soldier as you always have and join in the cheers. Dissing Da Mayor along with his critics when our guests are n town is not really good form, even if he's (as you like to say) is full of "--it."