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NPT City: The hand of Jaime



Jaime O. Perez, chief of staff to County Judge Anthony Cobos, has done just about everything in El Paso politics and now he’s doing some more.

He appears to be running for the District 7 City Council seat while helping new candidates come out, interviewing other candidates to see what they’re made of, running Cobos’ office and all this while operating a gay-friendly Downtown bar called HusH.

No one talks about the bar much, probably because of the name.

But Tuesday, proprietor Perez offered his establishment to former District 3 city Rep. Alexandro Lozano to announce that he wants to become the next District 3 city representative.

Perez and Lozano go back. Perez worked for Lozano at City Hall in 2003 until then-Mayor Joe Wardy learned that Perez was using Lozano’s office to write anti-City Hall pieces for an Internet newsletter, er, blog.

Perez came back after Wardy left and Mayor John Cook came in to work for both Lozano and Eddie Holguin.

Perez’s latest subject appears to be Howard Barton, who named himself as treasurer of his campaign for the District 2 council seat that Susie Byrd has and wants to keep.

Barton and Perez also go back, and among their common friends is Lupe Weaver, a staunch supporter of Perez.

Her address on Polaris and telephone number happen to be the residence and phone number that Barton used in his campaign treasurer form.

NewspaperTree couldn’t reach Barton, but Weaver said she is letting him stay in her home because he has had serious medical problems and has no place to live.

“I’m going to let him stay with me until he can be on his own,” she said. “It’s only going to be three to six months.”

There have also been rumors that Perez is involved in AlFrank Catucci’s race for mayor, but Catucci said that is not true.

“I just met him for breakfast,” Catucci said. “He called and asked. He was just trying to find out who I am.”

— David Crowder, 351-0605, ext 30

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

February 26, 2009 at 9:41 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Would you please clarify the statement about Mayor Cook as working for Holguin and Lozano?

    I wasnt here during that time and didnt understand the connection.


    February 26, 2009 at 11:30 am

  2. Why do you keep giving this idiot air time???


    February 26, 2009 at 1:18 pm

  3. The statement is not written correctly — I also had problems with it. It should read: After Wardy left and Cook became Mayor, Perez came back to work for both Lozano and Eddie Holguin.


    February 26, 2009 at 1:26 pm

  4. why did you use a picture of the Iron Sheik?


    February 26, 2009 at 4:53 pm

  5. Jaime O Perez is a very intelligent and charasmatic character. He enjoys political intrigue. He knows where the shifting levels of power are and the they are fluid, never static. Trying to connect the strands of our local spider-web is a difficult and on-going exercise.

    Ken G

    February 26, 2009 at 7:19 pm

  6. Jaime Perez has never held elective office, he has tried, many times but never drew flies. He has held appointed positions but each time seems to get the appointer in trouble. Also, look at those who has appointed him, Barbara “dead beat” Perez, Anthony “I’m going to jail” Cobos and Alexandro “I should have kept my cafe” Lozano. You figure it out.


    February 26, 2009 at 7:27 pm

  7. Ken, well stated.

    — Sito


    February 27, 2009 at 3:15 pm

  8. I find it enlightening that David Crowder would describe the club that jop owns as “gay-friendly”.

    I wonder if David Crowder were to write a story on a club that was “not gay-friendly” would he identify it that way? So David can you name me a club that is “not gay-friendly”?

    Maybe I can meet you there for a platonic beer… and later we can gather up some of the clientele and go roll some fags.

    Wadda ya say David? Is it a date?


    March 16, 2009 at 9:19 pm

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