Friday, January 27, 2012

Cortez Running Into Trouble

District 117 candidate Phil Cortez has begun running into trouble.  A debate held by PACE (People Active in Community Effort) has shown Cortez to be in trouble in his own backyard.  From Plaza de Armas:
Audience members submitted questions on index cards, and it quickly became obvious that they were reserving their most stinging inquiries for Cortez. One particularly leading question began by asserting that Cortez never shows up for his job at the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center: “Do you support elected officials getting high-paying jobs for ghost positions?”

Cortez called it “an unfair question,” and said he has time cards to prove that he’s putting in the hours.

Cortez’s integrity was further challenged with questions about his poor attendance record on the San Antonio-Bexar County Metropolitan Planning Organization board, his numerous campaign-fund reimbursements to himself during his Council races, and his false 2007 statement that he’d completed a Master’s Degree at the University of Texas at San Antonio (he hadn’t yet completed the program) and the deceptive way in which he handled his two-month training stint in Fort Meade, Md., in 2010, which enabled his then-fiancee/current wife Leticia Cantu to win a Council appointment as his interim replacement.

In our look at District 117, we mentioned that Cortez did come with some baggage.  Looks like the baggage starting to be hauled out, along with some other issues.

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