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NPT City: Fred Jackson on why he left the mayor’s race: “I wasn’t going to comply”

Fred Jackson announced yesterday he was leaving the mayor’s race, and issued this statement: El Paso is at the crossroads of moving forward and taking full advantage of the great opportunity that we have been awarded or we can accept the status quo and hope for the best. My business is at the same crossroad. I can continue to move it forward and grow or take a change of it crawling without my everyday leadership and direct involvement. I feel it is in my company’s long term interest in this challenging economic time to put my full attention and energy into it.

Today, he called Paul Strelzin’s show (8-10 on KQBU 920 AM) and made a general comment that raised more questions than it answered. He called my show (noon-1) and did the same. It’s too his credit that he spoke out. Having done so, though, he owes the community a fuller explanation. Here’s the gist of what he said: The comes a point where one “has to make a choice” whether to go along with groups and processes that have been in place, or maintain integrity. “I wasn’t going to comply or do some things I was asked to do,” he said.

He would not elaborate on the groups or processes or what he was asked to do.

He also left open the possibility of endorsing a candidate down the road, and urged the media to focus on issues rather than personalities.

Seems like a credible candidate dropping out of the race, and dropping an enormous hint of behind-the-scenes manipulation of candidates and/or governance is a matter worthy of media focus.

Sito Negron

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Written by newspapertreeelpaso

March 4, 2009 at 3:11 pm

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  1. Seems that the PSB and the band of thugs were trying to make a deal.

    gerry

    March 4, 2009 at 3:52 pm


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