Reyes Mata submitted a report to El Paso Inc last week that includes statements from City Rep. Cassandra Hernandez about her outrageous gasoline expenditures.

She told Mata what she’s been telling the media for the last two months—that there is no existing “policy” limiting gas card usage by City Council representatives.

So by her reasoning, it is okay to steal if there is no specific prohibition against it in the City Code.

Perhaps she should ask her attorney about the laws of Texas, in particular §39.02, titled “Abuse of Official Capacity,” which stipulates that misuse of government property, services or any other thing of value belonging to the government in the amount of $2,500 or more is a “state jail felony.”

Incredibly, Hernandez told Mata that she questions the authenticity of the videos published by KVIA showing her husband fueling up his car with her City gas card.

You cannot make this stuff up.

We can see this playing out in court: Hernandez’s attorney tells the jury that the videos were illegally obtained and should not be admitted as evidence while she takes the 5th…

We have heard Hernandez accuse those who are investigating her of racism, sexism, unprofessional conduct, and abuse of office.

Now she tells Mata the investigation is a smokescreen for curtailing the “progressive” projects of previous administrations, and in the same breath complains that the current City Council stalled the construction of her precious arena, undercut improvements to the insolvent Ballpark, and fired City Manager Gonzalez.

We’re surprised she hasn’t blamed climate change.

Did someone tell her that outside law enforcement (e.g. FBI and/or Texas Rangers) are investigating?

Her narcissism and sheer audacity are stunning.

She seems to be the only one in El Paso who doesn’t know that her political career is toast.

It’s interesting that Mata compares the abuse of taxpayer funds to the events of 2004 to 2013, when the U.S. Department of Justice convicted 32 El Paso government officials of corruption.