Former Mayor Cook files $700,000 claim against city

Former Mayor Cook files $700,000 claim against city

POSTED: Friday, July 19, 2013 - 3:42pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 9:21am

Former Mayor John Cook has filed a claim against the city, seeking $700,000 that he says he's owed. Cook says he racked up a big bill while fighting a failed recall attempt in 2011, and it's an election he says should never have been allowed. Several El Pasoans tried to recall the mayor and two city representatives who voted to restore health benefits to gay and unmarried partners of city employees.

Cook claims the city's lawyers gave bad advice to city council, which allowed the the referendum election. City council will discuss the claim next week in executive session. Cook announced earlier this week that he now plans to run for Texas Land Commissioner.

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what a crook...I hope the people of El Paso learn from this and not allow him to become land commissioner. He needs to take care of his own bills, just like the rest of us. He is no special person who gets to dig into the city's pocket.

If Cook has enough money to want to run for Texas Land Commissioner then he should have enough money to pay his legal fees. Is he going to ask the city to pay for his campaign? For him to say that by voting to restore health benefits is causing him "misery & grief is a bunch of hogwash. He and his private lawyers are the ones that racked up more than half a million dollars fighting the recal so he should be the one to pay. Why doesn't he ask his lawyers to donate their fee or discount the fee?

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