Felix Alvarado, recent candidate for Governor, writes in:
Having read candid comments regarding the removal of my name from the Democratic Primary race for governor, I would like to offer these comments.
You are correct when you say that I am a stupid fool.
In as much as I would like to prove you wrong, I cannot. Let me explain why you are correct.
It was foolish and stupid of me to believe that I could trust the news media to report a more accurate account of what happened. This is a lesson I learned the first election.
It was foolish and stupid of me to not apologize instead to the countless number of people across the State of Texas who were supporting my candidacy for governor. They include those who stopped me at gas stations; grocery stores; at malls; walking down the street; at restaurants and wished me good luck. I let them down. There is no amount of apologies that I could offer to minimize their disappointment.
It was foolish and stupid of me to not apologize instead to the thousands of Latino supporters across the State of Texas, who were embarrassed by my act. I let them down. There is no amount of apologies that I could offer to minimize their disappointment.
It was foolish and stupid of me because I let my courageous sister, Maria Luisa down on her campaign for Lieutenant Governor. I am certain that no matter how intense my pain, hers is greater.
It was foolish and stupid of me to not realize that there were some people that I could not trust. For that, I am solely responsible.
In retrospect, it was foolish and stupid of me to not consider the embarrassment and humiliation that would be felt by those who were actively supporting me. Irma, my Campaign Manager; Frank, my communications director; Andres my point of contact in the Metroplex; my old and trusted friends, Jacinto and his lovely wife Elena, and the list goes on. There is no amount of apologies that I could offer to minimize their hurt and disappointment.
To Irma and Frank who bore the brunt of calls from the news media that infamous Thursday night. They showed immense courage under fire.
When I spoke to the media that famous Thursday evening I had a chance to offer my apologies to many people across the State of Texas, as you can see, I did not. You are right, it was foolish and stupid of me to not do so when I had a chance.
This election was not about me. It was about the thousands of Texans who want to have a different choice, someone with no ties to special interests, one who has walked their shoes. When I was a young boy growing up in Texas, the thought of running for governor was not even a dream. I want to make that dream a reality.