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Friday, March 22, 2013 - 10:11pm
El Paso, TX — It's been a little over a week since State Representative Naomi Gonzalez was arrested on DWI charges, but many people aren't about to forget it. There is now an online petition circulating, asking for Gonzalez to step down.
With more than 200 supporters, the online petition calls for Gonzalez to be held to the highest accountability when it comes to upholding the laws of her state and the people she represents.
Gonzalez made a tearful apology last week in front of her colleagues in the House of Representatives in Austin.
"I made a mistake and I am deeply, deeply sorry for it. I am sorry for the shame that I have brought to this house and I have brought upon the district," said Texas State Representative District 76 Naomi Gonzalez.
Since then, she has only faced even more public fall out. People in El Paso react.
"Somebody in her position, should know better. Everybody's versed with the laws of drinking and driving and in recent years. It's become a big issue. Penalties are pretty severe. I don't think there's any excuse for it especially the fact that she blew twice the limit and it caused an accident," said Denis Langevin.
The website petition asking for Gonzalez to resign has gained traction where even more harsh words for the representative could be seen.
Jose Muniz from El Paso wrote:
"Am afraid she will use taxpayer funds to fight her case. I can't trust any public figure in El Paso," said Muniz.
On March 14th, Gonzalez crashed her car, allegedly under the influence of alcohol, into another vehicle in Austin. That car then hit a bicyclist. Several people suffered minor injuries in the crash.
"You shouldn't even be close to taking those kinds of risks. I mean you know if you're making decisions on my behalf, and you can't even make the right decision to say you know what I'm intoxicated. I should call a taxi. Which I'm sure she wouldn't have a problem paying for a taxi. Then what makes me believe I can trust in someone," said Julie Winter.
Friday, Naomi Gonzalez's office responded to LocalFour News' requests, stating they will not comment any further until the legal issues have been resolved.