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Show Me the Beef
Show Me the Beef

Consider the Edinburg runoff election for the Place 3 City Council seat between Deanna Dominguez and “Johnny” Rodriguez. Question is, how much will the ongoing investigation by the Hidalgo County DA’s office, the Texas Rangers, and the Texas AG’s office affect the outcome? After an almost two-year investigation into alleged voter fraud in Edinburg, the public has yet to see any hard evidence that Edinburg Mayor Richard Molina, his wife, and some of their supporters have actually committed any wrongdoing. Yet, in the eyes of many voters, perception becomes reality, and the Molinas have already been found guilty. That’s why in quite a few news stories, Edinburg is described as a “scandal-ridden city,” even though no one has yet been convicted of any wrongdoing. The public has seen the arrests and arraignments already of approximately 20 people, including the mayor and his wife, after being indicted by an Hidalgo County grand jury that was provided evidence by one of the DA’s lead assistant criminal prosecutors, Mike Garza. Call it a coincidence, but the arrests and arraignments always seem to take place either during a city election or a runoff election, or when Molina was working to defeat the Edinburg CISD bond election last spring, which ultimately went down in flames. Molina and his supporters have claimed that the DA, Ricardo Rodriguez, and his office shouldn’t be involved in this investigation, since his family is comprised of serious political partisans, almost all of whom are anti-Molina. Even during this runoff election, some of his family members are carrying people to the polls in support of “Johnny” Rodriguez. If he wins, Molina will lose his city council majority. During the runoff, he’s temporarily lost the majority, which led to the city taxpayers paying the former city manager, Juan Guerra, $250,000 to leave his post, thanks to a 3-2 city council vote led by Molina’s main nemesis, Gilbert Enriquez. In the meantime, the DA will no longer return my phone calls, requesting an interview. In this business, that happens. Neither will his assistant DA, Mike Garza, return phone calls. Presumably, they now consider me a Molina supporter, which I’m not. I’m still neutral. I just want to see the hard evidence of Molina’s guilt and that of his wife and supporters. If the evidence is going to come down to “flipping” people, claiming Molina told them to commit voter fraud in exchange for either a reduced sentence of ...

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