The irony of the Menchaca/Menchaca lawsuit

Last month, City Council voted to change the name of Manchaca Rd. to Menchaca Rd. The name change was supposed to go into effect today. Those in support of the name change argued that the road has long been a misspelled homage to Texas Revolution hero José Antonio Menchaca.

But a bunch of business owners on the road are pissed off, saying that it will confuse customers. And Roger Borgelt, an attorney who is active in Republican politics, has taken up their cause. With some success, it appears. Jeff Stensland reports:

Attorney Roger Borgelt Wednesday evening confirmed that a judge has granted a temporary restraining order to his clients that will prevent or delay the renaming of Manchaca Road to Menchaca Road.

In the Monitor, Andrew Weber explains the plaintiffs’ case:

Roger Borgelt, the Austin attorney representing nine property owners and the group Leave Manchaca Alone, filed a lawsuit in Travis County District Court today, arguing that the city didn’t provide enough notice before the public hearing and subsequent vote.

“This was kind of a rushed deal, and if they’d been given an opportunity to present it at a public hearing, my clients would have presented some of this information,” he said. “Obviously, without any notice, they didn’t have any opportunity to do that.”

Then there’s this:

Borgelt and his clients also argue that the history behind the road isn’t ironclad. While Menchaca did frequent a spring outside the town of what is now called Manchaca during his time with the Texas Army, opponents of the name change say it’s unclear whether the town was named after him.

They argue that there’s more evidence suggesting the road’s name stretches back to a Choctaw word, manchac, which translates roughly to “rear entrance,” and they point out that a bayou in Louisiana has had the name since before the existence of the United States.

Those challenging the spelling change are clearly drawing on frustration with what is perceived as political correctness. That’s not unusual. What is unusual is that those pushing for the name change are doing so in order to more accurately honor the legacy of a hero of the Texas Revolution –– somebody who fought against Mexico! Isn’t this something that conservative Texans should get behind?

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