Brownsville City Commissioner Cesar De Leon was in a see-saw of announcements this month after a four-hour leaked audio recording of his racist comments against the District Attorney’s office was released to the public by former  (demoted) Fire Department Chief Carlos Elizondo.

While the comments are what garnered traction and backlash from the community, De Leon was also recorded talking about the levels of corruption within the city of Brownsville.

Following what seemed like a sealed resignation of the commissioner earlier this month, his seat still remains occupied by the commissioner due to a technicality.

“I’m still on the job,” states De Leon.

According to the Brownsville City Charter, De Leon’s resignation letter has up to eight days to be rescinded, or until given a public vote. De Leon sent his letter of resignation on Friday, October 5, then rescinded his resignation on October 9 – a mere four days later.

In his resignation letter, he stated he was going to continue with his legal profession rather than his commitment to his constituents, claiming there is a “conflict of interest between [his] legal practice and the city of Brownsville.”

Apparently, De Leon no longer sees any conflict of interest, as he gives no justification in his rescinded letter of resignation.

Texas Scorecard reached out to Commissioner De Leon’s office, but has yet to receive a response in his change of heart.

Miriam Cepeda

Miriam Cepeda is the Rio Grande Valley Bureau Chief for Texas Scorecard. A second-generation Mexican American, she is both fluent in English and Spanish and has been influential in grassroots organizing and conservative engagement within Hispanic communities. If you don’t find her “Trumping”, you can find her saving animals, running her dog, hiking the Andes, or volunteering with the U.S. National Park Service.


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