District 16 front-runners launch negative campaign ads

District 16 front-runners launch negative campaign ads

POSTED: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 9:34pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 10:06am

EL PASO -- Days away from the May 29th primaries, and both incumbent Silvestre Reyes and Beto O'Rourke the presumed front-runners, are running negative ad campains against each other.

Incumbent Silvestre Reyes launched an ad Tuesday questioning Beto O'Rourke's character. While O'Rourke is running an ad questioning Reyes' motives for championing a virtual border fence.

In an ad by Reyes, O'Rourke's criminal past is at the center of the message. The ad talks about a past DWI and burglary arrests.

O'Rourke said he's moved on from those incidents.

"I've made some personal mistakes in my life," O'Rourke said. I've accepted responsibility from those mistakes and moved forward."

The ad launched by O'Rourke's camp, questions Reyes's motives for championing a virtual border fence that was eventually shutdown.

The ad says Reyes received $17,000 in campaign contributions from the contractor, and they also hired his children.

"He has been hammering away at my character, hammering away against my family," Reyes said. I'm the candidate, my family is not running for any office and they should be left out of it."

Reyes says he launched the ad against O'Rourke after being attacked for over a month. He said he wants voters to know who they're electing before they head to the polls.

"People need to know who he is what kind of character he has and decide whether or not they want El Paso's version of Anthony Weiner to go to Washington," Reyes said.

O'Rourke said the ad is a ploy because the race is very contested in exit poll results.

"It looks desperate on his part, but I'm going to continue to take the high road and focus on those issues El Pasoans care the most about."

They both said at the end of the people will elect whoever they feel will represent El Paso best.


Sylvestre Reyes Campaign Ad:

Beto O'Rourke Campaign Ad:


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As a veteran, I am very unhappy about Silvestre Reyes efforts, if any, to improve the medical services to our veterans. It is very common to see many WWII, Korean, Vietnam, and Gulf War veterans fight for their medical benefits. Can you imagine? The same young men and women who for 2-20 years have fought for their country and yet have to come out of the military to fight against their own country for benefits rightly earned. Why not increase medical staff at the V.A. instead of hiring IRS Agents to oversee Osa- (oops) Obama Care? What has Mr. Reyes done the last 16 years while our vets have gone without proper care? Some have given up on any hopes of recieving pensions as well because of the long wait in the benefits claim process. The V.A. is not unwilling as I have recieved great care from them, but, they are very understaffed. I challenge those who run against Mr. Reyes to committ to improving the services to those who served their country. - Pablo Jasso, Upper Valley

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