Dear Friends,

Molly Smith of the El Paso Times has been in El Paso only 11 months and has already distinguished herself as a solid investigative journalist.

Today she published a report on Rep. Henry Rivera’s vulgar attack on Sito Negron, who is the District Director for State Sen. Jose Rodriguez and President of the Sunset Heights Neighborhood Improvement Association. Here is an excerpt:

“So what the f— are you complaining about? F—ing idiot,” Rivera, who represents District 7, could be heard saying just before the 6-hour, 17-minute mark. His initials in the Microsoft Teams virtual meeting were illuminated by a pulsing circle, indicating his microphone was unmuted as Sito Negron spoke. Rivera on Wednesday denied his words were intended for Negron, the district director for state Sen. José Rodríguez. Negron though was speaking to the council in his capacity as president of the Sunset Heights Neighborhood Improvement Association. Negron had waited more than six hours to share his opinion on whether the council should support city staff submitting multi-million dollar project proposals for a U.S. Department of Transportation grant to help cover planning costs associated with surface transportation infrastructure.

Please read the entire report!