Blogger: “I am a liberal Democrat. And it’s war against the Republican … I’m going to be merciless with her.”
Democratic Rep. Vicente González’s campaign paid The McHale Report $1,200 on June 24 for “advertising services.”
Since then, blogger Jerry McHale has launched racist and degrading attacks on González’s 2022 Republican opponent Rep. Mayra Flores.
McHale has called Flores “Miss Frijoles” 21 times since the campaign wrote the check. But McHale has not published any González ads:
On July 2, McHale published another blog post quoting an individual identified as Maclovio O’Malley as having said, “Who does this Mayra Flores think she is? Somebody said she was crowned Miss Frijoles 2022 in San Benito. She isn’t in Congressman Vicente Gonzalez’s league. She isn’t even in the bush leagues unless she doesn’t shave her p**sy.”
The thing is, McHale published articles with horrible statements against Flores before González paid him:
On May 13, Jerry McHale, who has referred to Flores as “Miss Frijoles” and a “cotton-picking liar,” questioned, “DOES FLORES WANT TRUMP TO COME & TAKE HER P**SY???”
In a June 18 post, McHale, describing a conversation he had with a friend, wrote, “Maclovio O’Malley, la Voz de los Vatos who wants me to put an ad of Vicente Gonzalez in front of my businesses although I have to admit that I would risk my relationship with lovely Amanda for a night with Mayra Flores, says that the Oyster Bar food smells like rotten p**sy. And I have had more than my share of rotten p**sy that I don’t want to endure that culinary catastrophe again.”
Then again, González paid McHale $1,000 last year for advertising.
My far left opponent, Vincent Gonzalez, hired a local blogger to run hateful & racist ads against me!
But, I love frijoles & I grew up eating frijoles. I am not embarrassed of my upbringings & frijoles w/tortillas de harina is simply the best. Here's to Miss Frijoles 2022 #TX34 pic.twitter.com/7z5SRGCfUv
— Mayra Flores (@MayraFlores2022) July 18, 2022
González’s campaign and McHale denied the payment was for this kind of post:
They both told NBC News that the timing of the attacks were coincidental, that the congressman didn’t pay for any of the inflammatory posts, know about them or have any control over them.
“Of course, the congressman is against referring to Rep. Flores as ‘Miss Frijoles’ or a ‘cotton-picking liar’,” Gonzalez’s campaign manager, Collin Steele, wrote in a text message to NBC News, echoing the state Democratic Party chair and other Texas Democrats who denounced the language as well.
However, McHale didn’t hold back: “I am a liberal Democrat. And it’s war against the Republican … I’m going to be merciless with her.”
Go ahead, people. Keep putting the spotlight on women like Flores. A New York Times op-ed told people to fear “far-right Latinas” like Flores.
A CNN columnist said Republican Latina candidates like Flores are “not a real deal.”
Flores won the 34th District of Texas seat in a special election last month. She’s the first Republican to win that seat since 1870. She’s also the first representative born in Mexico.
González, who currently represents the 15th District, is challenging Flores because his district is now Republican-leaning.DONATE
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