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2006-Mar-3

A Felix Alvarado Guest Column

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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.

Adios Amigos.

Atentamente,

Felix Alvarado

2 Responses to “A Felix Alvarado Guest Column”

  1. Capitol Annex » Blog Archive » From The Blogs, March 3, 2006 (Afternoon) Says:

    […] Latinos For Texas has two posts to watch: One on some general RGV updates, and a second one where Felix Alvarado offers a well-written mea culpa for his campaign in a guest column. Kudos to him for having the courage to say all of that. […]

  2. TxDemMan Says:

    Alvarado’s “letter” of apology is so poorly written that I am glad I didn’t have to vote for him to represent me in Texas. I don’t understand why Mr. Alvarado does not just stop talking and referring to his “staff” for supporting him when it is evident that his staff let him down. If his staff had raised the money to help him pay for his fee, he would not have bounced the doggone check. It’s sad for Latinos who have the reputation of sticking together. Maybe his family (staff) is different and care more about what they get for themselves instead of paying his fee.

    As for his sister, she got my vote the day early voting started and I credit the people who have at least tried to lead her in the direction she should go although it seems she doesn’t need anybody. I read Ms. Alvarado’s blog where she wrote she didn’t ask anyone’s permission to run for LT. Gov (coincidently, her page is mysteriously down). So, we know she’s out there just playing a Lone Wolf campaign, but as annoyed as I was by her comment, it did not stop me from voting for her. Her comment about not asking her family for help says where she stands as far as her brother Felix goes. She doesn’t need him, the democratic party or ANY of her family to do what she wants to do. Sounds like a bitter candidate to me, but isn’t that what makes it in politics?

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