FULL STORY: Governor Perry Calls Juarez Most Dangerous City in America
POSTED: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 6:21pm
UPDATED: Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 5:34pm
EL PASO - Give anyone in Texas a map, and they'll show you where El Paso and Juarez are. Tonight, we're not sure that includes Governor Rick Perry.
For the second time, he's confused the two cities, even calling Juarez the most dangerous city in America.
"I think it's projecting a very negative image, I think he's misleading a lot of people who aren't familiar with El Paso," said Roni Cordova.
And it's not the first time. Back in August the governor misspoke, once again while addressing the issue of border security. He claimed there were car bombs going off in El Paso, referring to one that had recently exploded in Juarez.
"It's a very dangerous situation and its not good for El Paso," said Jaime Gonzalez.
"Anyone who brings attention to the fact that Juarez is one of the most dangerous cities in the world obviously casts a shadow on us," said the president of the Convention and Visitor's Bureau, Bill Blaziek. He is the man behind the image and says comments like these don't help his already exhausting efforts in attracting tourists, conventions and more.
"Whether they're thinking about transferring a company here, while we're recruiting medical personnel and educational personnel," Blaziek said.
We called the governor's office; they say "he misspoke and immediately corrected himself." They also said the message people should take from the governor's comments is "there is a real situation along the Texas-Mexico border. The federal government needs to pay attention and immediately deploy resources to adequately secure it."
But some people want the governor to pay more attention to his own words.
"If he makes the comment and does something about, then that's even better," Gonzalez added.