Eddie Paul Torres on the Constitution
Eddie Paul states:
I wish to state for the record, that I and my staff and administration will abide by and enforce any legally adopted revision to our Constitution that has been ratified by a vote of Tribal members in accordance with the Constitution of the Pueblo of Isleta.
Eddie Paul also stated:
I refuse to sit idle with my arms crossed when, as a Leader; my people need a voice to carry our message to government entities or government leaders.
On September 20th, Tribal Members voted in favor of adopting a constitutional amendment on term limits. By voting in favor of Term Limits, Tribal Members voiced their intention to prohibit tribal officials from sitting in office term after term.
Yet, on November 12th, Eddie Paul sat in silence for 3 hours as the Isleta Tribal Council was spinning in a circle on whether they should honor the vote of the people to create constitutional term limits. Why didn’t Eddie Paul speak up to these “government leaders?”
On November 12th, our people needed a leader. But, Eddie Paul did not speak up for the Tribal Members that voted in favor of Constitutional Term Limits. Instead, he chose to keep quite because he didn’t want to anger the Council Members that were affected by Term Limits.
When the Council chose to vote in secret, Eddie Paul did not speak up to tell them that they should vote openly to allow the people to learn how they voted. The Council votes in secret because they don’t want to answer your questions. The Council votes in secret because they want to avoid being accountable to you and your families.
Eddie Paul sat silent in his chair when Barbara Sanchez and Fernando Abeita refused to abstain. He simply watched as these “government leaders” voted for themselves to avoid complying with Term Limits. Why didn’t Eddie Paul speak up and tell them that they must abstain because it was a conflict of interest for them to vote for themselves?
Eddie Paul didn’t say anything as he watched the majority of the Council vote to place their self-interests before the best interests of the Tribe.
The Council’s vote was 6 to 5. A majority of the Council chose to vote to protect themselves. They won by one vote because Eddie Paul chose to remain silent.