Flores 'Disappointed' by Indictments
Palmview state rep responds to Travis Co. DA over ethics charges
By Richard Whittaker, 12:19PM, Mon. Jul. 20, 2009
Rep. Ismael "Kino" Flores, D-Palmview, has issued a boilerplate response to the indictments issued by a Travis County Grand Jury on Friday.
It's all about his finance reports, going back to 2004, and the allegation that he underreported his income by $847,000. Flores said he is "extremely disappointed that the Travis county public integrity unit has decided to hand out an indictment against me" and that "at no point during my public service have I intentionally or knowingly violated any state law or rule."
Full statement after the jump.
"When I was first elected to represent my constituents, I took an oath to uphold the laws and ethics rules of this great state. At no point during my public service have I intentionally or knowingly violated any state law or rule. So today, I am extremely disappointed that the Travis county public integrity unit has decided to hand out an indictment against me after a lengthy investigation into my personal and political dealings. Today's indictment concerns a number of reports that were allegedly incomplete. Throughout this entire investigation, I have fully cooperated and have disclosed any evidence required of me. Moving forward, it is my intent to continue my cooperation in order to bring closure to this matter. I hope that I receive the support of my constituents throughout this unfortunate event and ask that they reserve judgment until I have my day in court. I can assure you that I will fight as hard as I do for District 36 to clear my name. My family and I ask for your thoughts and prayers during this tumultuous time."