So, Hank lost

“I Saw the Sign” by Kinsee Morlan

Former Tijuana mayor Jorge Hank Rohn only managed to get 43 percent of the votes in his bid for governor of Baja California.

It was amazing how quickly all the vinyl signs came down. If you think the United States is bad about too much political propaganda on television or front lawns, just take a 20-minute drive down to Tijuana next time there’s an election. The use of signage is insane.

A few days ago, my friend and I were talking about the banners and billboards and he brought up an interesting point. He said the makers of those signs are actually big-time political players. They sign on to a candidate’s campaign, printing thousands of dollars worth of signage for free, and then cross their fingers and hope their choice candidate wins. If they’re lucky, and he/she does win, the debt is repaid in favors in the form of government contracts and who knows what else.

Now, this is all speculation, but the truth may not be far away.


About Kinsee Morlan

Arts and web editor at San Diego CityBeat. Interested in art and the Tijuana/San Diego border.
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3 Responses to So, Hank lost

  1. daniel says:

    Sure, what you speculate is true. I know this because I live in Ensenada, Mexico and was directly involved in this campaign. What you don’t mention is that the loser has to pay all the money for that signage and also the winner has to pay too plus all the favors you mention. I have to add that as of now members of the PRI are searching for clues and proof that this election was a fraud and then they can oposse and summon new elections. Because the PAN along with the current government orquestrated dosens of irregularities on election day resulting in the current numbers in the election.

  2. anonima says:

    well….. my comment is very simple and direct…. YYYYAAAAAAAYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!
    after looking at that horrendous propaganda that the PRI made that was directly out of a science fiction book about dictator governements, or what ever you want to call them.
    As for me….this has been the most sight contaminated election ever….. I personally got sick of looking at Hank’s face with the bright red backround, he looked like the devil himself, and that’s why I didn’t vote for him….
    oh!!! and lets not fail to mention his fake orquestrated comercials, with his fake familly…. why didn’t he mention that he has 25 children with i dont know how many women?
    familly values ….yeah right!

  3. anonima says:

    i forgot to mention…..
    i’m very sure that these elections werent tampered with, i think the people got as sick as i got!!!!
    and as for PRI crying about it…. did they pay all the poor people 1000 pesos per vote? because that’s what they did in the outskirts of the city..

    imagine… 100 dollars per vote, to a person that maybe has never held that much money in his hand before?

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