Webb County Sheriff's Race is Rematch on the Border

LAREDO — The Rick Flores who sat alone in a supermarket parking lot last week and waited for a handful of supporters to wave campaign signs with him bore little resemblance to the Rick Flores of old — the swash-buckling, 10-gallon-hat-donning Texas border sheriff whose quips to his critics were as sharp as the creases in his uniform.

As recently as 2007, the former Webb County sheriff was sounding the alarm over possible spillover violence from Mexico’s drug war. That year, Flores went head to head with U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, on CNN, questioning the congressman’s loyalty to the United ...

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