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Mexican drug cartels work to sway local vote
Houston Chronicle ^ | June 28, 2012 | ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON

Posted on 06/28/2012 3:37:35 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch

EMILIANO ZAPATA, Mexico — Before the sun climbed above the hills around this central Mexican town, Saul Garcia and his family awoke to the sound of bullets piercing the front gate. A masked motorcyclist had opened fire on their brick home, leaving behind a poster signed by the La Familia drug cartel, warning the mayoral candidate to withdraw from the race or the gang would kill him, his wife and three children.

Garcia, a candidate for the local Social Democratic Party, didn't pull out. A state police officer now follows Garcia 24 hours a day while he courts voters on the steep and narrow streets of Emiliano Zapata, a suburb of Cuernavaca in the state of Morelos.

As Mexicans head to the ballot box Sunday, drug cartels are registering their votes with scare tactics and cold, hard cash to make sure whoever is elected doesn't interfere with their lucrative operations. The focus is usually on local politics, where officials and their police departments can cause problems, or smooth the way, for gangs moving drugs or shaking down businesses. It's also easier to influence a local race than an extensive, well-financed national election in the glare of media coverage.

Drug cartels aren't political, they're practical. Officials from all three major parties have been accused of drug gang ties, or have come under attack. Gangs support candidates they can buy off or a scare off — and government officials say they're fighting back.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Mexico; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cartels; corruption; drugcartels; mexico
"They didn't used to get involved in this whole task of financing campaigns or nominating their members for elected seats. When there was a winner, you negotiated and if he didn't want to, you killed him and that was the end of it."
1 posted on 06/28/2012 3:37:40 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch
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To: SwinneySwitch

Just wait...Obama, La Raza Rubio will give them Amnesty...and the Drug Cartels can influence US elections...even more

2 posted on 06/28/2012 4:40:30 PM PDT by SeminoleCounty (When I said "close the borders", I did not mean the bookstore chain)
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