“Completely false and unfounded accusations regarding an alleged incident at a recent conference of the Mexican American School Board Association (MASBA) are being circulated in an attempt to smear my reputation and my character. These lies are entirely politically motivated,” Vargas said in an official statement.
“The persons responsible for spreading these allegations are Lydia Hernandez and Dee Dee Garcia Blase from Arizona. Hernandez is originally from the Rio Grande Valley and appears to be connected to certain local individuals with whom I am not politically aligned. I am not their first victim.”
” It saddens me that I am merely another target of these individual’s tactics. I wholeheartedly deny the false allegations and emphatically denounce these attempts to slander and defame me, my position as an elected public servant, and my professional reputation as an advocate for social justice,” added Vargas.
A police report filed by Hernandez with the San Antonio Police Department notes, however, that Vargas told officers at the time that he did not remember the events due to being, “Highly intoxicated.”
Dr. Mathias, the Executive Director of MASBA, sent a response letter to the Cartwright School District in which he adamantly denounces the accusations calling them nothing more than lies and mistruths. Mathias goes as far to say Hernandez would no longer be welcomed to Texas as a member of MASBA.
Mathias could not be reached for further comment as of press time.
Vargas was also recently awarded the Héroes de MASBA” award for the district’s five consecutive years of MASBA membership.
Vargas’s statement will be released in full in next weeks edition of the San Benito News, along with a response from Hernandez.