Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Photo via Twitter
The primary is on March 3, 2020 and Henry Cuellar is in a mad rush with TV ads, mailers to constituents, social media posts, etc. It's like nothing he's done before. We have his challenger, Jessica Cisneros, to thank for that.
In the photo above, the Cuellar team throws around the word grassroots. Rich, considering the corporate insiders that donate to his re-election. There is nothing grassroots about Cuellar.
There have never been any town hall meetings to speak of. He's never visited with voters in Laredo's older neighborhoods. He's never made time for anything, except photo ops and a lot of personal boasting. It's time for a change.
Tuesday, January 7, 2020
The building where Kentucky Fried Chicken used to operate out of is gone. It was located on the corner of Bartlet and Laredo.
The KFC restaurant that was on Santa Ursula and Washington had a different design.
(image via Google Maps)
I remember the Santa Ursula location more fondly, because it was closer to my stomping grounds. The building was demolished several years ago. Now it's just flat surface area.
Monday, January 6, 2020
Last week, a high-ranking Irani official was killed by an airstrike ordered by Donald Trump. The death of Gen. Qassem Soleimani was followed by concern of the retaliation that would be directed at U.S. forces abroad. Criticism of Trump arose from acting hastily and from not consulting Congress about the attack. Henry Cuellar, currently in the middle of being primary'd, said this about the killing of Soleimani:
There is no doubt the record of Major General Gassim Suleimani proves he was an egregious and dangerous military leader. Suleimani is responsible for the death of thousands of innocent civilians and threatened our national security. The death of Suleimani could diffuse the power of the Quds Force and is a necessary step in combating the threat of Iran. The administration should work with Congress to ensure we continue to protect our national security and international interests.
Cuellar went straight to the boogeyman description and rationale, instead of raising any concern about the inevitable pushback by Iran. Republicans were doing the same in the days following the killing of Soleimani.
Today Cuellar was in San Antonio to speak of the millions of dollars that were dedicated for projects around military bases. (Photo/story via the San Antonio Current.)
Cuellar was joined by Major General (Ret) Juan Ayala.
In San Antonio, Cuellar took on a different tone regarding the strike against Qassem Soleimani:
If there was an immediate danger, I can understand, but I hope the president will disclose that. You can't just say that's the case and change the subject. I'm hoping the president can be more cooperative. My thing is the United States cannot be a lone cowboy and patrol the world.
A different tone and a different posture from the congressman. It's interesting how Cuellar appears deflated at his press conference in San Antonio. In Laredo, when he has a press conference, there is a lectern -- sometimes emblazoned with a congressional seal -- and there are numerous local officials by his side, all fawning at the congressman's grand exploits. In San Antonio today, he had to do with a retired military official and no props.
Cuellar is incredible at showboating when he's in town. And local officials are all too eager to oblige him with his theatrics. It seems that no one ever questions Cuellar's beliefs or his tactics. Because of that, he can get away with a middling statement in regards to an act of war in our name.
UPDATE: I posted a tweet about Cuellar's press conference yesterday and Colin Strother took exception.