Negative Political Ads Raise Questions in West Texas Race 1/29/14
CBS 7 News
January 29, 2014
PECOS-Political newspaper ads in Pecos are raising questions for commissioner's court candidates, with both negative and positive ads going back and forth across the pages.
CBS 7 talks to some of the candidates and people in Pecos about what they make of the political buzz.
It comes with the territory of almost every election—political ads from candidates aimed to destroy the credibility of their opponents.
People we spoke with say that while the sparking feuds are nothing new, the back and forth shots have gotten fiercer than ever.
Words like "insider information", "destructive nature" and "we deserve better" are just a handful of phrases used in the ads in the race for county judge and county commissioner seats in Pecos.
Ads that are not only raising questions about the candidates' policies, but even their character.
"Recently it’s gotten worse, just a lot worse,” said Kenneth Russell, candidate for county judge.
One local attorney is firing back at negative ads placed by Pascual Olibas. We're told Olibas is an El Paso resident who has taken out political ads in Pecos before.
“You stand up and say something even if you don’t want to, especially when people from out of town come into your community and begin attack ads on local people you have respect for,” said Bill Weinacht of Weinacht Law Firm in Pecos.
Some even question the validity of the ads, even positive ones, like one in which Hector Carrasco describes his experience.
In the ad he mentions, “I can waste half my ad talking about my education, military background and the millions of dollars I have budgeted working for several major companies such as AT&T and Apple, but I’m not.” said Carrasco in an advertisement in the Pecos Enterprise.
Carrasco is a candidate for Reeves county commissioner.
"At Apple, I was in charge of Latin American support and the shipping, which consisted of $2-3 million,” Carrasco told CBS 7. “At AT&T I did phone support, moved to management and then transferred out to Apple.”
“So what was your title at apple?”
"My title? I was an executive shipment specialist,” Carrasco said.
So what do voters make of all the ads?
"There’s been a lot of ads and people are looking at them,” said one woman when asked if the ads make a difference in the race.
"It’s a newspaper, it has to print something,” said Pecos Resident Rus Letlow.
The primary election is just around the corner in March. We did reach out to Carrasco's opponents, they did not return requests for comment.