Rep. Reyes and Three Democratic Challengers Hold Forum

Rep. Reyes and Three Democratic Challengers Hold Forum

POSTED: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 9:01pm

UPDATED: Monday, January 16, 2012 - 10:21am

EL PASO - The battle for Texas's 16th congressional district seat is a four-man race. Tonight, all the candidates vying for the job squared off in a local forum.

The economy, education and Fort Bliss; those are some of the topics that took center stage, as incumbent Congressman Silvestre Reyes, and his three democratic challengers, former City Representative Beto O'Rourke, Jerome Tilghman and Ben Mendoza, addressed tonight's forum.

"I think that we take a common sense approach to improving the long-term economic development in this country and this community, and that's in the classroom," said Tilghman.

"We have a very high unemployment rate, almost 10 percent, and there are tens of thousands of our fellow El Pasoans out of work," said O'Rourke.

"At this pivotal time, it's important to protect our investment in Ft. Bliss, White Sands and Holloman, and I think I'm in the best position to do that with my seniority on the armed services," said Rep. Reyes.

After hearing the candidates for an hour on the big ticket items, two El Pasoans said one candidate came out swinging.

"Beto O'Rourke did a fantastic job in the way he answered," said Octavio Gonzalez.

"I think Beto O'Rourke brings new energy. new ideas. He's young, he's energetic," said Marjie Day.

In a few months, we'll know whether Rep. Reyes will keep his job, and serve a 9th term in congress. But, regardless of who gets to represent El Paso, voters told us that whoever wins should make jobs the priority.

"The economy is bad all over the country," said Day.

We'll find out who the democratic nominee is on April 3rd, when the primary takes place.

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Reyes & O'Rourke share a total of 22 years in office. Their results: Bridge congestion choking economic growth; 5/10 EP families will go to bed hungry tonite; foro every $1 you earn elsewhere, you only earn $0.70 here; the US median income is $49k - for EP its around $24k. By size, we rank among the poorest cities in the US.Unemployment has been in double digits most of last year. The state cut $4.5b from the education budget; nationally $140m in cuts to vocational schools. Neither said anything

Enshrined in the Declaration: People elected by the people get their power from the people. Beto did not like the voice of the people so he ignored it - along with the others on the recall hit list. He left council, avoiding the tsunami. He is reponsiblbe for the recall and everything associated with it. It was his vote that created this situation. If he will ignore your vote in EP, he will ingnore your vote in DC. With a barrel full of 'bad apples' its time to pick one from "the tree."

The problems: Drug war: 12,000 Mexicans swere killed last year to feed an American Drug Habit. Beto's answer is to legalize drugs. We already have 100k addicts in EP. The Ft Bliss military treatment program "ASAP" is treating more than 10k. He would be throwing gasoline on a fire that is already out of control. Reyes ignores the number of dead in Mexico. He only counts & reports the deaths in El Paso. More than half of the Hispanics living in El Paso have family in Juarez. Vote Tilghman!

There is also a Republican running for U.S. Congress District 16 El Paso. His name is Corey Roen, he is a combat veteran and small business owner in El Paso.

O'Rourke criticized Reyes because a small percentage of contracts at Fort Bliss were awarded to local contractors. Doesn't O'Rourke know (inspite of his Columbia education) that Federal contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder? Is he implying that Fort Bliss in collusion with the congressman's office should adopt the shenanigans of corruption that we have seen at the County level?

With Congress approval ratings at a long time low, its time to think about Term Limits, a concept totally foreign to these entrenched career politicians.

A vote for Reyes or O'Rouke is a vote for ignorance. And while we're at it - If you voted for Obama to prove you're not a racist, please vote for someone else to prove you're not an idiot. Thank you.

I doubt that Reyes would've thrown out the vote of the People like Beto did. Beto is a tyrant and dictator like Cook. Beto would legalize drugs. Are you people who support Beto insane? Who wants are perverted, drugged, dictatorial Society. I sure don't!

Reyes only has one thing in mind and that is what he can do for Mexico. He has already been linked to few guys that have been indicited so what is next for him.

If you say you like Reyes then you should vote for him. Voting just to clean house is absurd. You keep the good and thow out the rubbish. He already has excellent experience and as long as he continues to listen and respond to his constituent's needs like our past representitives, Coleman and White did, then he should be re-elected.

I meant "throw"

I meant "throw"

Although I like Reyes, my vote will be for O'Rouke. I think all of Congress should be voted out and replaced, "the good, the bad, the ugly." A very strong message needs to be sent by the voters that a do-nothing Congress will not be tolerated!

Isn't that what the Tea Party was or still is all about (cleaning house)? I for one will vote for Congressman Reyes because Beto is a cut and run type of young guy. That is what he did as a city representative, he cut and ran off when the going got too hard for him. What does he think the U. S. House of Representatives will be like? In my opinion he is too young and naive about Washington politics and as the tea baggers found out, cleaning house is not always the best all for one answer.

I agree. Clean house!

I wonder if Queen Pelosi approves.

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