Rep. Vicente Gonzales (D-TX) responded to a report Wednesday accusing him of paying a blogger who used racist and vulgar language to refer to his fellow Rep. Mayra Flores (R-TX), who he is running against in November.
The blog McHale Report repeatedly referred to Flores, a Latina Republican, as “Mis Frijoles” and also speculated as to whether she wanted former President Donald Trump to grab her genitals. Gonzales, who paid $1,200 to the blog on June 24 for “advertising services,” tweeted a statement condemning the blog and denying that he paid for political attacks against Flores.
“We advertise on many platforms and have no control over their editorial content,” Gonzales said in a tweet. “We do not pay for political attacks, and we will not be advertising on this platform again.”
Gonzales said he condemns the offensive remarks on McHale’s website, while not letting the opportunity to criticize former President Trump slip away in the statement.
He said his campaign denounces the blogger’s attacks just like they denounce Trump’s so-called “racist rants” referring to Mexicans as rapists and murderers — a false narrative propagated by legacy media.
“If only Rep. Flores has the courage to do the same,” Gonzales added.
Gonzalez’s campaign also denounced the language used by McHale.
“Of course, the congressman is against referring to Rep. Flores as ‘Miss Frijoles’ or a ‘cotton-picking liar,’” said Collin Steele, Gonzalez’s campaign manager.
Despite the denial from both Gonzalez and his campaign, records show that after paying for the advertising services, the blog attacked Flores, calling her “Miss Frijoles” over 20 times.
Jerry McHale, who runs the blog, has accused Flores of being a “Trump fanatic,” and defended his attacks as just part of the political game.
His blog also included other attacks against Flores, including vulgar descriptions of her vagina and labeling her “Miss Enchiladas” and similar terms. McHale also posted a conversation with a friend who discusses not wanting to spend the night with Flores because of concerns about “rotten p****.”
“I am a liberal Democrat. And it’s war against the Republican,” McHale told NBC. “I’m going to be merciless with her.”
McHale, who received $1,000 from Gonzales last year in a separate payment, has not run any advertisement yet for the congressman on his blog.
Last month, Flores won a historic special election race in Texas to become the representative for Texas’ 34th District. She became the first Republican to represent the area since 1870, and the first Mexican-born congresswoman.
Flores responded with a statement saying that her “historic win will bring back God to the halls of Congress!”
“This win is for the people who were ignored for so long!” she said. “This is a message that the establishment will no longer be tolerated!”
“We have officially started the red wave!!,” she said, adding “#TX34 God, Family, Country.”
Daily Wire reporter Leif Le Mahieu contributed to this report.