Rep. Mayra Flores has criticized her Democratic opponent Vicente González for hiring a far-left blogger who wrote derogatory posts about her, including one calling her a “cotton picker” and “Miss Frijoles.”
“My far left opponent, Vincent Gonzalez, hired a local blogger to run hateful and racist ads against me!” that Texas Congresswoman continued to write Twitter as reports of funding behind the posts surfaced.
“But I love Frijoles and I grew up with Frijoles,” she added. “I’m not embarrassed by my upbringing and Frijoles with Tortillas de Harina is simply the best. To Miss Frijoles 2022.”
The original post, created in June, came just three days after Gonzalez’s campaign posted a $1,2000 check to blog The McHale Report on June 24 NBC News reports. The payment was for “promotional services,” according to the. democratFinancial report of the Federal Electoral Commission.
A blog post published Tuesday on McHale Report includes a response to NBC News’ report, claiming they believe it is “fair reporting” and claiming they are only using “tactics” that former President Donald Trump used to prosecute Republicans.
“In this blog, we are committed to defeating all Republicans,” adds the July 19 post. “If we have to implement some of ex-President Donald ‘Duck’ Trump’s tactics to achieve our goals, we won’t think twice about following his tactics.”
Rep. Mayra Flores — the first Mexican-born woman to be elected to Congress — responded to a blogger calling her “Miss Frijoles” and claiming she was “not embarrassed about my upbringing and my Frijoles.”
The McHale Report comes after the left fringe blog and began posting derogatory things about Flores after her Democratic rival Vincente Gonzalez paid the blog $1,200 for “advertising services.” One post calls Flores “Marjorie Taylor Verde” – another racist sleight of hand
Texas-based far-left blogger Jerry McHale (pictured) told NBC News when asked to comment on the posts: “I’m a liberal Democrat. And it’s war on the Republicans.’ He added of Flores: “I will be merciless with her”
McHale and Gonzalez claim the timing of the ads along with the payment to the blog from the campaign was random and insist that the current Congressman for Texas’ 15th District did not pay for the inflammatory posts or have any knowledge or control had about it.
Blogger Jerry McHale told NBC News when asked to comment on the posts: “I’m a Liberal Democrat. And it’s war on the Republicans.’
“I will be merciless with her,” he added.
But a spokesman for Gonzalez condemned the language.
“Of course, the congressman is opposed to calling Rep. Flores ‘Miss Frijoles’ or ‘cotton-picking liar,'” his campaign manager Collin Steele told NBC.
Gonzalez is up against Flores in the 2022 primary, which comes less than five months after the congressmen were sworn in after a special election in Texas’ 34th congressional district.
Mayra Flores won a special election in Texas’ 34th congressional district and was sworn in last month. She will face Democrat Vicente González again in November
While the McHale Report blog hasn’t published any advertisements specifically for Gonzalez, it has posted about Flores multiple times since it was first mentioned last month, calling her “Miss Frijoles” or “Miss Beans” 21 times.
Flores is the first Mexican-born woman to be elected to Congress. With her pick this year, she also flipped a blue Texas seat to red.
The racially charged blog posts about Flores led to an immediate democratic denunciation.
Some notable blog posts about Flores by McHale include one published Tuesday that referenced far-right MP Marjorie Taylor Greene and was titled: “I’M NOT MISS FRIJOLES!!! I AM MARJORIE TAYLOR VERDE!!!’
The post featured an image of Flores with an AR-15 style rifle and the words “Come and Take It” meme-edited above and below the image.
Another post, posted on July 11, is captioned, “GONZALEZ IS WORKING AS ‘MISS FRIJOLES’ SAYS WANT TO PICKIN’ LIE!!!”
The first post, July 27, is headlined, “FLORES BEGINS HOUSE CAREER WITH TEMPERATURE PRESSURE!!!” It came just six days after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sworn her into office.
It begins: Mayra ‘Frijoles’ Flores, who chose Marjorie Taylor Greene as her role model instead of Cesar Chavez, who came to the United States as an immigrant but has no sympathy for fellow immigrants, who rambles on about her relationship with God but spits out nothing but Hass, decided that a catfight with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would be the most effective way to start her political career in the House of Representatives.
Vicente González denied that he paid for the derogatory posts about Flores, claiming the timing of his payment and the posts were accidental
During the inauguration ceremony, a video of Pelosi intentionally pushing Flores’ daughter out of the way for a photo op went viral. Flores publicly lashed out at the spokesman after seeing the video.
Just a day after the first blog post came another post on June 28th entitled: ‘MAYRA ‘FRIJOLES’ FLORES ACTS LIKE MEXICAN JUMPING BEAN!!!’
The controversy over Gonzalez paying for McHale’s blog shows that the lines between paying for advertising and advocacy are blurring.
Democrats are also desperate to reclaim their seat in Texas’ 34th district, which is majority Hispanic and encompasses the country stretching east from San Antonio to the southernmost tip of the state’s border with Mexico.
The district is proof that the GOP is resonating with Hispanic voters.