- Post 31 May 2012
Silvestre Reyes Ousted in Texas Nail Biter
Joseph Kolb | Fox News Latino
EL PASO, TEXAS – The Texas 16th Congressional District Democratic primary was touted as the most important election to take place along the U.S.-Mexico border and in a nail biter Tuesday, challenger Beto O'Rourke defeated 16-year incumbent Sylvestre Reyes.
The announcement wasn't made until 11:35 p.m. local time, well after the 191 precincts closed at 7 p.m.
O'Rourke, 39, a former El Paso city councilor, won by a narrow margin of 50.47 percent with 23,248 votes to Reyes's 44.35 percent and 20,427, barely avoiding the need for a run-off... Read more here
Sylvestre Reyes was a proponent of militarizing the border and sending in drones to Mexico to kill cartel leaders... from KVIA
“We have to do what we’ve done essentially in Pakistan, and that is start taking out the heads of the cartels,” said Reyes, whose four-year tenure as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee ended in December.
That, he said, is what it will take to end the cartel drug wars that have caused 35,000 deaths and brought Juárez and other Mexican towns and cities to their knees since 2008.
Asked if he meant employing the kind of drone missile strikes that have been effective but hugely unpopular in Pakistan, Reyes told El Paso Inc., “I wouldn’t rule that out.”