Yzaguirre and Sanchez should resign
I have to laugh at the corrupt black pot tony Sanchez who is calling the Yzaguirre kettle black.
The difference between Sanchez and Yzaguirre is that Sanchez in his money laundering and fraudulent loans at Tesoro cost the taxpayers $161 million and escaped with a $1 million fine. Yzaguirre killed a priceless whooping crane which was valued at only $15,000.
Also Sanchez has millions of dollars that he personally and through his mother's $1.5 billion trust made on Enron stock by way of insider trading with his fellow Bush "Pioneer" Ken Lay.
Sanchez stole millions from the taxpayers through his corrupt loans when he owned Tesoro S & L. More recently he made money on Enron stock while thousands of Enron pensioners lost everything and Texas teachers lost a significant part of their pension plan. I guess this is part of Sanchez's education plan for Texas.
At least Yzaguirre has since come clean with his lies. But Tony Sanchez continues to hide the fact that he got his money out of Enron by continuing to keep his personal income tax return schedules and his mother's $1.5 billion trust tax returns, which he manages, secreted from public view.
I say throw the Perry Sanchez garbage out. How much will the public allow them to steal before the public has had enough? What we have found out about Perry Sanchez in the last few weeks is just the tip of the iceberg of their crimes against Texas and real Texans. Surely I am not the only citizen of this state that sees this. Surely the press is going to force Sanchez to produce those tax returns in full.
When I am governor, I am going to find a way to jail the Perry Sanchez criminals. It is time to return morality and ethics to government and jailing the Republican Perry Sanchez is a good place to start.
The next governor of Texas
December 21, 2001
Dec. 21, 2001, 8:47PM
Lawmakers say Gov. Perry should reconsider Yzaguirre appointment
AUSTIN -- The vice chair of the Senate Nominations Committee today said Gov. Rick Perry should reconsider his appointment of the chairman of the Public Utility Commission.
In a letter to the Republican Perry, Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, a Democrat, said questions over Max Yzaguirre's application, ties to energy giant Enron and donations to Perry's campaign cast doubt over the chairman's credibility. Another committee member, Sen. Mario Gallegos, D-Houston, also signed the letter.
"It doesn't pass the smell test," Van de Putte said. "If we were in session now, he would have a very, very tough time running through the confirmation process."
Perry spokeswoman Kathy Walt said the governor believes Yzaguirre is qualified to serve on the PUC.
Yzaguirre did not immediately return a message from The Associated Press seeking comment.
"He is doing a good job and is fair to all sides," Walt said.
Democrats and public interest groups this week launched an attack on Yzaguirre's June appointment, questioning whether his previous connection to bankrupt energy giant Enron disqualifies him from the post and whether he was truthful in his appointment application.
Yzaguirre, who worked for Enron in Mexico, didn't disclose his former executive job with Enron North America and other positions until November.
Yzaguirre said it was oversight and that the companies were not active, even though one owes the state $1.2 million for a November contract.
"I'm a little bit concerned with the `Oh well, I forgot,'" of who he worked for," Van de Putte said.
Democrat Tony Sanchez's gubernatorial campaign seized on the late disclosure to question whether Enron North America's ties to New Power Corp., a retail energy marketer, create a conflict of interest that prevents Yzaguirre from serving on the PUC.
Perry has said Yzaguirre was cleared by the attorneys in his office and the PUC.
Van de Putte, a San Antonio lawmaker who served her freshman session in the Senate after several years in the House, questioned whether Perry avoided appointing Yzaguirre until June when the Legislature wasn't in session.
The position came open in March. It takes a two-thirds majority in the Senate to confirm a gubernatorial appointment. Lawmakers don't return to Austin for a regular session until 2003.
Walt said the governor needed time to find the right person for the job.
"He has said he is more concerned about finding the right person for the job than speed in filling the position," Walt said.
Van de Putte also questioned the timing of a $25,000 campaign contribution to Perry from Enron chief executive Kenneth Lay the day after Yzaguirre's appointment, echoing similar complaints this week from Texas Democratic leadership.
Perry told reporters this week the timing was "coincidental."
PUC spokesman Terry Hadley declined comment.
Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, the chairman of the Senate nominations panel, could not immediately be reached for comment.