Archive for February 18th, 2007

The New York Times looks at the Chavez Royal family

February 18, 2007

And in a carefully written article, Simon Romero looks at the Chavez Royal family, with all its power and newly found riches. this will not play well in Miraflores:

““They started out with nothing and now call themselves revolutionaries, though they are revolutionaries with all the best trappings of power.”

“The family ranch near Sabaneta, called La Chavera, has been a frequent source of scrutiny for the political opposition, which contends that the family’s landholdings there and elsewhere in Barinas have grown from a small area to more than 7,000 acres in the past eight years, according to “Hugo Chávez Without His Uniform,” a biography of the president by Cristina Marcano and Alberto Barrera Tyszka.”

and of course, he tells us about Chavez’ father not so humble or revolutionary background, despite Chavez tales to the contrary:

“The governor, who is in his 70s, has long been a fixture in state politics in Barinas, where for decades he was a loyal organizer for Copei, a conservative political party. From his schoolteacher origins, he rose to become director of education programs for Barinas during the early 1980s.’

(Note added: Funny how the NYT absolutely screwed up the location of Chavez’ hometown Sabaneta, placing it Northeast, rather than southwest)