Controversial Mayor Quits

( – In yet another major blow for a small red state community, the Mayor of Uvalde, Texas, Cody Smith, unexpectedly resigned early this week saying he is going through health issues.

Smith’s resignation follows his victory in the extremely controversial 2023 election, where the main focus was on the tragic Robb Elementary School mass shooting.

“I want to thank members of the Uvalde community for their thoughts and prayers during my ongoing recovery from unexpected medical issues I have experienced in recent weeks,” Smith said.

Smith defeated gun control advocate Kimberly Mata-Rubio in the 2023 election, who tragically lost her daughter in the shooting and was a prominent figure in the race. The shooting, which claimed the lives of 19 students and two teachers, sparked widespread outrage due to the delayed police response.

Furthermore, the mayor’s resignation closely follows that of Uvalde Police Chief Daniel Rodriguez, who abruptly stepped down on March 12. His departure came shortly after a city-commissioned report cleared local police of any wrongdoing in their response to the shooting – sparking huge outrage.

However, a federal investigation painted a different picture and blamed disorganization and confusion within the police force for the inadequate response. Despite the presence of numerous officers at the scene, the shooter was able to carry out the attack unchecked.

The federal report described the local response as “a failure that should not have happened.”

Likewise, families of the victims expressed frustration with the city’s report, which sometimes praised the local law enforcement’s actions.

According to Smith, Mayor Pro-Tem Everardo Zamora will assume the mayoral duties until a new leader is elected in November.

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