Edinburg mayor responds to voter fraud accusations

A local mayor is speaking out to CBS 4 News about voter fraud accusations against him.

A local mayor speaking out about voter fraud accusations against him.

Richard Molina beat out incumbent Richard Garcia last November by 1,240 votes to be the new mayor of Edinburg.

But the outside law enforcement agencies are making sure every vote was casted fair and square.

The Texas Rangers have partnered up with the Texas Attorney Generals Office to launch an investigation into the city of Edinburg's mayoral election from last November.

"Unfortunately, when you do make change, you have people that don't agree with change," Molina said. "We've been bashed on Facebook and different media outlets, where they've attacked us."

We reached out to the office of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton about the alleged voter fraud.

"Voter fraud is completely detrimental to the integrity of the democratic process, it can not be tolerated to any degree," said Director of Communications for the Office of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's Office, Marc Rylander.

Molina says he has yet to be contacted by any law enforcement agency, but hopes the investigation reveals the truth.

" I don't know if voter fraud took place or not," said Molina. "I'm sure the investigation will reveal what happened, but I do know there's a lot of finger pointing."

Finger pointing Molina says comes from people that had outside contracts with the city which were canceled once he took over office.

The Texas Rangers, nor the Hidalgo County Elections Office staff would confirm to CBS 4 what or who promoted the allegations against Molina.

The mayor says it's just a case of sore losers.

"At the end of the day, you're going to have people that are upset my entire four years in office," said Molina. "I don't think it's going to change regardless of what the investigation reveals, but they're just people used to having things their way. Unfortunately, the people that voted for a change won," said Molina.

CBS 4 reached out to the Hidalgo County Elections Office that held the November mayoral election, but they, too, declined to comment on the accusations of voter fraud.

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