« Miami approves settlement that would water down homeless rights | Main | Marco Rubio warns of "clear signs" of impending Obamacare insurer "bailout" »

Sweetwater commissioner - and suspended mayor's mom - complains to police about reporter's work

@BrendaMedinar

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.

More here.

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

The comments to this entry are closed.