Political Expert Says Voters are Cynical

Political Expert Says Voters are Cynical

POSTED: Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 6:09pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 6:13pm

Hopes for Positive Outcome

EL PASO - Willie Gandara Jr. and the Sunland Park Mayoral Candidates now join a growing number of local leaders accused of wrong-doing. One political expert is explaining the impact on local voters.

Political Expert Dr. Gregory Rocha says the FBI is rooting out corruption to make things right in El Paso, but the corruption probe is having it's own effect on voters.

"There's a tendency to be much more cynical and feel much more detached about what takes place politically," Dr. Rocha said.

He says with more local leaders accused of corruption, trust in our government is dropping.

"There's no question," he said. "There's rising cynicism and rising distrust in government."

It was back in 2004 that the FBI blew open the widespread corruption probe, and since then some local leaders have been accused, charged, indicted, and even convicted of corruption. Now Dr. Rocha hopes the on-going corruption probe will force voters to better research candidates for office and elect leaders that can change El Paso politics for the better.

"We can get through this and turn things around," he said. "We can make this something that's positive."

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