Letters to the Editor: Why I am telling my neighbors that Kevin de León must resign
Recently, I made a comment about the Mayor of Nuevo Laredo, his father, and an unnamed political opponent. Since there are no restrictions on commentating, I will use my own words. I believe in freedom of speech. I am an American. I like freedom. I am a Mexican-American because I was born and raised here. I love this country and Mexico as my grandparents. All I ask is that citizens think before they speak and take responsibility for what they write.
First, let me say I am not Kevin de León. I have worked in my community for almost 20 years. I built a community-based business. I was the first Mexican American mayor in Laredo. I ran a grassroots campaign. I have a heart and a brain. I believe anyone can be successful in this country and in this community.
As an immigrant, my mother used her heart to bring me to this country with the words, “You have to learn English to learn your history.” I have learned my history and my culture. My parents were born in Mexico. I grew up in New Orleans. I love this country and am passionate about serving and protecting it.
In my opinion, Kevin de León has no excuse for his behavior or his comment of a few weeks ago. A comment of a few weeks ago was his first and it will be his last. I was not his first choice to deliver this message.
My comment was based on a comment by de León’s father on his Facebook page. His comment was in response to the comments of a group of Laredo residents who were furious that an unnamed resident of Nuevo Laredo had endorsed the reelection campaign of a Democratic primary opponent.
I have been a member of the Nuevo Laredo Democratic Caucus for 22 years. I have been a Democrat for most of my life. In November, I am a registered Democrat. As part of that effort, I spoke at the Laredo Democratic Community Center. I was asked by the Laredo Chamber of Commerce to speak on behalf of Nuevo L