Some city council members are taking criticism for attending Saturday's Texas Tech football game at the university's expense. The timing comes into question because a contract is pending between Tech and LP&L.
Five council members watched Saturday's game from Chancellor Hance's suite. Councilman Victor Hernandez posted pictures on his facebook page.
The advocacy group, Sandstorm Scholar, chastised council members. Members of the group are irked that an advertising contract between the Electric Utility Board and Tech , worth $650,000 over the next 5 years, is in the city budget.
Council member Latrelle Joy said the group is just trying to cause more controversy.
"You know, they don't just invite city council, they invite city commissioners, and state officials and other people. It's more of a goodwill type of thing. I think reasonable minds will probably understand about going to the game. I think it's much ado about nothing again, trying to create some controversy when we really need to be doing the job we were elected to do."
Mayor Glen Robertson and Mayor Pro Tem Karen Gibson did not accept tickets. Mayor Robertson said in a statement on the Sandstorm Scholar blog, "I will not accept football tickets or other subtle bribes."
Councilman Hernandez issued this statement on his Facebook page, in response to the backlash.
"... There are serious accusations being made against the majority of council by the Sandstorm Scholar, as well as Mayor Robertson, because I and four other councilmembers attended the TTU vs. SFA football game this weekend, as guests of Chancellor Hance....Mayor Robertson's statement also seems to indicate some malfeasance on the part of those council members present...".