Heads Up: Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo is Not a 'Real' Judge

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I wanted to clear up some confusion about Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo. She is creating some media buzz over her callous remarks on the murder and rape of 12-year-old Jocelyn Nungaray.


The Harris County Judge is not a 'real' judge. It is the county CEO position. She was not elected as a judge in the county's judicial system. She was elected to manage the county. It's squirrely, I know, but that's how it is in Texas. The position makes her the county's chief executive and emergency manager.

People who don't live here were rightly confused. There was outrage over Hidalgo's remarks about crimes committed by illegal aliens. Hidalgo is more concerned about the hurt feelings of illegal aliens than the senseless and violent murder of a 12-year-old child. 

Hidalgo is an immigrant. She came here from Columbia via Peru and Mexico City. She was 15 when she arrived in the United States. She graduated from a suburban Houston high school. She attended Stanford University where she graduated in 2013 with a degree in political science. That is the year she became a U.S. citizen. 

She ran for office in 2016. Unfortunately, that was an election year that was full of turmoil. Harris County went under the control of the Democrats for the first time. Houston has been a big blue city for years but Harris County was solidly red until 2016. My longtime Republican congressman, Rep. John Culberson, was ousted and the first Democrat to win the election in my congressional district came in—sad times. My district was that of George H.W. Bush. He essentially started the Harris County Republican Party when he first ran for Congress. Times have changed and not for the best.

Hidalgo is a diversity hire. There is no other way to put it. She had zero political experience or business experience to qualify to run America's third most populous county. Yet, she won. Why? It was heavily played up that she would be the first woman and Latina elected to the office. She was 27 years old. What could go wrong? 


When asked about Jocelyn's murder, Hidalgo brushed aside the criminals' illegal status.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo on Tuesday said "evil happens regardless of immigration status" while urging officials not to politicize the death of Jocelyn Nungaray. Two illegal immigrants from Venezuela are charged with her killing.

"It had nothing to do with why they committed this crime," she said Tuesday at the start of the Harris County Commissioner's Court meeting.

Hidalgo also blamed former President Trump and Republicans in Congress for creating the conditions that led to Nungaray's death.

"The fact that two immigrants committed this terrible crime does not mean that they committed the crime because they are immigrants," she said. "It's very easy to malign entire communities when tragedy happens, and that's always an easy political strategy."

Of course, she dragged former President Trump into it. Never mind that he secured the southern border. She is as Trump-deranged as any Democrat. Also, notice that she conflates legal immigrants with illegal immigrants. No one is blaming all immigrants for this crime wave. It's the illegal immigrants who are coming across the border to harm Americans that must be stopped. That's on Joe Biden and his border crisis, not Donald Trump. 

Hidalgo serves on the Biden campaign's national advisory board. She meets with the Biden administration in Washington, D.C. She is an AOC progressive. She plans to run for a third term in 2026. 

She slams Republicans for criticizing Biden's feckless border policy put forth last week. She claims that Republicans are politicizing the Biden border crisis. Yesterday she paid a $500 fine for using taxpayer money to pay for political advertising. 


 Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo paid a $500 fine after the Texas Ethics Commission determined she used taxpayer money to pay for political advertising.

Earlier this month, TEC announced that it found "credible evidence" that Hidalgo used public funds to help pay for advertising to support district attorney candidate Sean Teare as he ran against current District Attorney Kim Ogg.

She issued a statement. 

No empathy for young Jocelyn, though. 

Kim Ogg's office will be prosecuting the two illegal aliens who are accused of raping, murdering, and throwing Jocelyn's body into a north Houston creek to cover up DNA evidence. 



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