Media outlets have gone crazy in the last 24 hours covering the latest arrests in the EPISD scandal and Former State Senator Eliot Shapleigh’s role. Not only does this reopen a chapter in El Paso history that many had thought was closed, it also puts elected officials under the microscope. Namely, incumbent District Attorney Jaime Esparza.
As you’ll recall, Jaime Esparza is in a run-off election this month against Yvonne Rosales for the District Attorney position. Jaime has been in office since 1993. We knew about the Daniel Villegas wrongful conviction case and we have yet to see anything from Mr. Esparza about the Ross Fischer report (other than a request to the Texas Rangers to look at the report, a request that was made 2 days before the election). What we didn’t know is what role he played in uncovering and investigating in the EPISD scandal. Know why? Because he didn’t do anything. Former State Senator Eliot Shapleigh in the KVIA report: “It was very difficult to make things happen. I went to Jaime Esparza, he didn’t do anything. I went to the TEA, they didn’t do anything. I finally went to Barack Obama and wrote him a letter,” Shapleigh said, “It took that letter and the Department of Justice getting involved, which got the FBI involved, which made everything happen,” (emphasis added).
Given all that we know, is Jaime Esparza the best choice for District Attorney? You be the judge. Early voting period will be from Monday, May 16, 2016 through Friday, May 20, 2016. Election Day will be Tuesday, May 24, 2016 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. You can find your polling station by clicking here.