CALEXICO — One of the Imperial Valley's most vocal and ardent Democratic boosters is disappointed he will not be here for the 2002 elections.
"I'm bummed out," he said.
"I'm not going to be here and I'm not going to be a part of it," he added.
Local radio personality and former Clinton White House intern Francisco "Frank" Salazar was looking forward to the upcoming elections because he thinks a Democratic Hispanic candidate will be elected to represent the Valley in the state Senate, the Assembly or U.S. House.
The 27-year-old wanted to be here when it happened but found out late last week he will not help out with the campaigns of local candidates and will not soon test the waters for a run of his own.
He's packed and plans to leave on a plane from San Diego today.
Don't cry for Salazar, Imperial Valley.
He's headed for Buenos Aires, Argentina and his "dream job" where he'll be working for both renowned and reviled political strategist James Carville, the husband of Republican pundit Mary Matalin.