Renteria goes nuclear on Almanza

Statesman reporter Phil Jankowski summed it up: “Daaaaaaaaang.”

Although Pio Renteria finished way ahead of his sister Susana Almanza in the general election, he’s not taking any chances in the runoff.

His campaign sent out this mailer attacking Almanza for her connections to Southwest Keys, the East Austin nonprofit that operates shelters for immigrant children, as well as charter schools and juvenile justice programs. For years it mostly housed children who arrived at the border unaccompanied, but the group has also been targeted for complicity in Trump’s family separation policy, since it also received children taken away from their parents.

Photos courtesy of Jankowski.

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The mailer also attacks Almanza for her support of Prop K and her support for Southwest Keys’ attempt to take over Eastside Memorial.

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Runoffs are hard to predict because the turnout is so low.  A candidate who finished in a distant second place in the general election can cruise to victory in the runoff. That’s how Alison Alter won her seat two years ago over Sheri Gallo. For what it’s worth, though, Renteria easily triumphed over Almanza in a runoff four years ago.

I’m hearing that Almanza has also been sending out pretty harsh mailers against Renteria, although I do not yet have photograhic evidence. If you have any photos, please let me know!

When I interviewed Almanza on election night last month, I asked her about how she felt having her brother as a political foe. She said she didn’t view the race through that lens. It was just about the issues, nothing personal. “I love my brother,” she said.

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