NPT City: Rep. Quintana’s got Rep. Castro’s back
Yesterday, the city attorney’s office issued an opinion that stated city Rep. Melina Castro owes the city a debt and thus cannot legally take office. The opinion shortly was reported in the media. You can read the NPT story here/
The speed at which the opinion was reported did not sit well with city Rep. Rachel Quintana, who questioned the release in an e-mail to multiple city officials. Below is the e-mail, and a response from City Attorney Charlie McNabb.
From: Quintana, Rachel
Sent: Wednesday, April 29, 2009 5:23 PM
To: Wilson, Joyce A.; McNabb, Charlie Cc: Mayor and Council
Subject: Times Article
Please advise why this information was posted on the El Paso Times website and not communicated to my office prior to releasing this statement. Was this a press release? I am not certain whether my colleagues have been informed. I don’t appreciate learning such vital information from internet, especially when it’s legal advice. Respectfully, Rachel Quintana District 5 Representative
From: McNabb, Charlie
Sent: Wednesday, April 29, 2009 5:29 PM
To: Quintana, Rachel; Wilson, Joyce A. Cc: Mayor and Council
Subject: RE: Times Article
This was legal advice to the Mayor not to the Council. It is the Mayor that has to rule on eligibility at the time of canvas. As such, the Mayor apparently made the choice to release legal advice given to him. I do not know whether the Mayor issued a press release.