CALEXICO — Ernesto Ruffo Appel doesn't sweat, at least not visibly.
As sweat-soaked reporters held tape recorders and microphones in his face, Ruffo, commissioner of border affairs in Mexican President Vicente Fox's cabinet, stood coolly and confidently under the bright sun's glare.
He didn't wipe his brow. He didn't shield his eyes.
Briskly answering questions in Spanish, Ruffo stood in front of the sprinkling fountain in the courtyard of Calexico's downtown border crossing and showed part of the reason Fox created a cabinet position for him.
As governor of Baja California from 1989 to 1995, Ruffo was regularly in the middle of controversy.
The symbolic ceremony Tuesday put on by the Calexico City Council and Chamber of Commerce in which Ruffo received the key to the city was not stressful but he showed his composure and style and respect to everyone he met.