Tuesday, June 29, 2010

In Mexico, They Lobby Political Candidates With Bullets

Why was a Mexican candidate for governor killed by a drug cartel hit squad? Permanent political influence.

The timing of the assassination sends a message to candidates of all parties that they may be called upon to collaborate with the traffickers, or perish, as currently happens with law enforcement officials, say analysts.
“The cartels don't seek a failed state. Rather they want ‘dual sovereignty’ – that is, to pay off public officials in return for their closing their eyes to criminality,” says George W. Grayson, a Mexico counternarcotics expert and professor of government at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va.
While this is sure to scare of reform-minded Mexican candidates and voters alike, the fact that this story is making the rounds in US media outlets (and the fact that the state of Tamaulipas is right across from Texas) is sure to add fuel to the growing backlash against the rising Latino presence in the United States.

Perhaps it will also pressure the Obama administration to put more effort into cracking down on cartel activity along the US-Mexico border.

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