Though elected officials don’t like journalists snooping around in their cities, they eventually accept it or prepare themselves to answer their questions.
But that is not exactly the style of Sweetwater commissioner Isolina Maroño.
Maroño on Wednesday reported to the Sweetwater Police Department as an offense the fact that a local television reporter was making inquiries about an investigation of embezzlement.
Maroño apparently didn’t like that Erika Carrillo, from Channel 41 America Teve, was asking people at a city elderly center their opinion about funds allocated to their programs being used to buy vehicles for other city departments. (Watch Carrillo's piece, in Spanish, here.)
According to the report, Carrillo had asked “if anyone knew that Jennifer Maroño, who oversees the elderly center programs, had taken money from the center to purchase vehicles for the City of Sweetwater.”
Carrillo, who taped her interviews, denies that version.
At first sight, Isolina Maroño could have just been protecting a department head of her city. But in Sweetwater the lines separating family, employees and elected officials are blurry.