Tuesday, June 15, 2010

He Never Had a Chance

I've not followed the doings of Juárez Mayor José Reyes Ferriz too closely, and it may be that he was bad enough to make Nixon look like a model of honest government, but on some level you have to feel for him when two opposition candidates are calling him the worst mayor in 30 years and another state leader is asking for him to be sent to prison. (Nor did the PRI candidate to succeed Reyes come to his defense, but rather refused to comment.) The two main challenges that destroyed his term --the drop in local economic activity brought on by the US recession, and the grave insecurity sparked by the war between Chapo Guzmán and Vicente Carrillo-- were basically out of his hands, and would have overwhelmed virtually anyone.

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