By Juan Montoya
Poor Carlos Masso can't win for losing.
In last night's Democratic Party election for chairman of the Demos, Masso – supported by the likes of Ernie Hernandez and his vote harvesting machine and the outgoing chairwoman Sylvia Garza-Perez – came one vote vote short of winning...again. The razor-thin margin was 13 to 12.
Despite Garza-Perez's admonitions about the term to be served by the new chair being her unexpired term of six months, the precinct chairs decided to entrust the reins of the much-maligned party apparatus to Brownsville lawyer (and dark horse) Amber Medina.
For the last month or so Democratic Party faithful have been witnesses to the machinations of the outgoing chair as she manipulated hastily-called meetings where the upper cadre of the party was placed to assit her candidacy for Cameron County judge. At the meeting before last, Doroteo Garcia – the better half of JP Erin Garcia – resigned his vice-chairmanship to allow Masso to take over as vice chair and clear the way for Garza-Perez to resign and announce her candidacy for the top county position. Both Garza Perez and Masso are closely allied with Pct. 2 commissioner Ernie Hernandez, his wife Norma, her politiqueras, and daughter Erin.
(There is a rumor awind about the marital strife within the Garcia household, but that's for another time.)
However, the emergence of Medina as a spoiler was not in the plan, and Garza-Perez was overheard telling those present that the news of Medina's victory over Masso should not be divulged lest those nasty bloggers got a hold of it and spread it to the four winds.
With control wrested from the vote harversters, will it mean the party is off on a new direction at least for the next six months? That means that Ms. Medina will oversee the March primaries. Interesting.
Medina's website indicates she is currently the President of the Cameron County Young Lawyers Association, has served on the Community Education and Minority Involvement Committees of the Texas Young Lawyers Association and is a member of the Cameron and Hidalgo County Bar Associations, the Texas Young Lawyer's Association, the National Hispanic Professional Organization, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Cameron County Trial Lawyers Association, and the American Association for Justice. Amber received her B.A. from the University of Oklahoma in Norman.