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NPT Capitol: Marquez honors Moreno “the conscience of Texas”

State Rep. Marissa Marquez,D-El Paso filed a concurrent resolution honoring former state Rep. Paul Moreno yesterday at the Capitol.

marquez “Mr. Moreno’s years of service inspire all of us, especially me, to work for what is right, just, and fair, no matter what may be popular or fashionable at the time,” said Marquez in a press release, which rather conspicuously does not include a quote from Moreno saying, “Gee Marissa, that’s really nice of you. Gracias.”

The reason of course, is that in a rather ill tempered primary battle last year, Marquez ousted Moreno from the district seat he had held for over 40 years!

“For 40 years, Paul Moreno has devoted his considerable talents and abilities to representing the interests of his constituents and to advancing the cause of social justice in the Lone Star State,” goes the resolution. Gosh, you’d think Marquez thought it a real shame that guys not still around at the Capitol!

The resolution also offers Moreno “best wishes for a rewarding retirement.” A retirement Marquez brought on at least two years earlier than Moreno would have wanted!

You can read the resolution here

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

February 13, 2009 at 10:50 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Is she drunk again? Moreno was a worthless liberal. Worthless


    February 13, 2009 at 11:44 am

  2. the good thing about rep. marquez is that it didn’t take her long to learn the austin two-face dance! (rep. chavez is doing a fine job with this protege!)

    hopefully she does the same when dealing with her republican friends that paid her way into office!

    adrian juarez

    February 13, 2009 at 12:10 pm

  3. Do your research “Richard”; Rep. Moreno did quite a bit for the residents of El Paso during the course of his service.

    It’s ridiculous how ugly things got between the two of them and the race. I guess the phrase “Good faith gesture” doesn’t really hold water to some folks anymore… Oh well.


    February 13, 2009 at 12:32 pm

  4. I’m so glad that State Rep. Marissa Marquez is recognizing Paul Moreno because he truly is the Conscience of Texas. He has been our hero for a long time, especially those of us who are older and who went through the Chicano Movement – a movement meant to generate respect, dignity, and power to Chicanos in Texas – a much maligned group that was prey for such predators as the Texas Rangers, and other racists. Moreno stood tall for all of us. Despite his being in a wheelchair due to an injury when he was a U.S. Marine, he has carried forth the banner that identified Chicanos, Mexicanos and Mexican-Americans (yes, there is a difference), as true-blue American citizens. He fought hard to remove the dash (-) from our identifier, as we used to be known as Mexican-Americans. Yet, everyone else was simply American. Not us, though. That dash (-) meant that we were not considered fully American. We were first Mexican, then we were American. On the face of it, it really wasn’t such a problem, except that it identified us in a way that was contrary to our basic beliefs. So, thank you to Rep. Marquez. Great move, Marissa. Paul deserves every accolade he receives, especially coming from those who challenged him at one time or another. Gracias.

    Joe Olvera
    El Sin Fin

    Joe Olvera

    February 13, 2009 at 12:39 pm

  5. Name ONE bill that Paul Moreno passed while in office, please…JUST ONE! Maybe that is part of the reason he lost. Saying that he not passed one and “was not about to start now” must have helped him into early retirement. Incidently, he will be raking in over $115,000 per year in retirement in addition to state health benefits. Not bad for a job that paid $600 per month while he still had it.

    The Truth Hurts

    February 13, 2009 at 1:37 pm

  6. Nice PR stunt. Was she recently in trouble? Or is she just trying to cover up she has done nothing since she’s been in office? Maybe just because Day is right around the corner.

    Lola Luna

    February 13, 2009 at 3:07 pm

  7. I think Moreno’s supporters are still giving her a hard time for ousting him, and she’s doing some serious sucking up. Whatever greases the wheels, Marisa. Good luck.


    February 13, 2009 at 4:47 pm

  8. Nothing new. El Paso seems to lead the House in ‘furniture’

    Ken G

    February 13, 2009 at 5:58 pm

  9. Many Paul Moreno haters will always be. They envy and hate the fact that he was successful in moving La Raza forward. They would rather that he had lived a life feeling sorry for himself in his wheel chair. Instead, Paul became a great and extraordinary example for all of America. Paul deserves the greatest of credit. I am sure that soon he will be honored on the national level by President Obama. As Americans, we would be well served to shake the dust off our hands after winning or losing a political campaign–that’s the American way. Marissa Marquez has demonstrated a lot of class, and I know she will continue to do so.

    Fernando Chacon

    February 17, 2009 at 1:43 pm

  10. How did Moreno move latinos forward? He was a do nothing Dumbocrat. And now we are making a messiah our of osama.
    The problem with latinos is that we believe that the do nothing dumbocrats are our saviors. WE are our OWN saviors. Now we have drunken Marissa to follow in Morenos footsteps. GOD HELP US


    February 18, 2009 at 11:47 am

  11. The only thing that Moreno has taught us Latinos is that we are STUPID for trusting the Dumbocrats. They are the party of keeping us barefoot and pregnant so that we have to vote for them.
    We owe them NOTHING


    February 18, 2009 at 12:10 pm

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