Ten minutes before a debate between Alfred Isassi, Republican, and Judge Lupita Mendoza for County Court at Law Judge that Texas A&M University-Kingsville students organized, Alfred Isassi sent his representative to inform the class that he would not be attending because “something came up.”
When assistant professor Brooke Mascagni, who required her class to organize the debate, asked Isassi’s representative what prevented him from showing up, his answer was “the scouts,” Mascagni said.
Mendoza said she wasn’t thrown off by his absence.
“He doesn’t even show up in my court room so I’m not surprised,” she said.
“I was looking forward to the debate but this shows who he is,” Mendoza said.
Mascagni said she couldn’t believe he didn’t show up after the students had everything prepared.
“My students worked really hard to put this together. I was drilling them to get them ready to participate in the debate and they were excited to see it through,” she said.
“This is a political stunt and so much drama is going on. This doesn’t look good,” Mascagni said.
The students were disappointed that the debate was suddenly cancelled but asked Mendoza the question they had prepared for her.
She expressed that she is pro-choice and said the answer to every situation is education.
“The best way to get out of violence and drugs is education. Instead of spending money supporting inmates, we need to spend it on public schools,” Mendoza said.
After the debate, Mascagni asked some other local candidates that were in attendance to speak to the audience if they wanted to promote themselves.