can­di­date faced war­rant in ’04

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCAL BRIEFING - Com­piled from wire re­ports

The Repub­li­can can­di­date for a West Texas con­gres­sional seat had an ar­rest war­rant is­sued for him in 2004 af­ter he failed to pay a speed­ing ticket.

Fran­cisco Canseco is run­ning against in­cum­bent Rep. Ciro Ro­driguez, a Demo­crat, in the 23rd District, which in­cludes San An­to­nio and parts of West Texas.

Ac­cord­ing to doc­u­ments ob­tained by The As­so­ci­ated Press, Canseco was pulled over in April 2004. An ar­rest war­rant was is­sued af­ter he failed to pay the ticket, though it was even­tu­ally paid in full — plus an ad­di­tional $50 fine — about 10 months later.

Scott Yeldell, Canseco’s cam­paign man­ager, said Canseco lost track of the ticket be­cause it oc­curred while he was run­ning in a pri­mary.

Yeldell said Canseco paid up as soon as he be­came aware of the ticket and the war­rant.

A San An­to­nio busi­ness­man, Canseco was re­cruited to run this year by na­tional Repub­li­cans who think Ro­driguez is vul­ner­a­ble.

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