Highfalutin Fabian Nuñez is going to need money more now than ever, as the lawyers start billing on his son’s case. A few weeks ago, I read a small news item about Esteban Nuñez, the 19 year old son of the former California Assembly Speaker, being questioned in relation to a stabbing death of a 22 year old San Diego college student, but I didn’t bother blogging about it because I figured that Papi Nuñez would make a few calls and this incident would go away (playing the role of Poppy Bush). Well, turns out… there must have been enough evidence to obviously go all the way up to the Nuñez’s Sacramento residence to arrest the younger Nuñez.
Esteban Nuñez, along with three other 19 year olds, were taken to San Diego yesterday and will be charged with murder and assault with a deadly weapon. Allegedly, the four young men got into a fight with Luis Santos, the 22 year old SDSU student and victim, and left him after the stabbing altercation on October 4, 2008.
This arrest says a lot about highfalutin Fabian Nuñez and his priorities. Sure, his kid is innocent until proven guilty, but I wonder why the elder Nuñez has not done a better job of teaching his child to avoid this kind of conflict. I, along with other Latinos, have managed to go through life without being accused of murder. Don’t you think that having a father in a high profile public office would make you a little extra cautious?
This tragic case brings me to another point often discussed on this blog, the building of Latino leadership. If our elected officials have problems like this, it is no wonder we can’t build any lasting familial political legacies. What happened to encouraging excellence and having goals? Esteban Nuñez’s behavior, as reported, sounds more like that of a cholito or son of an old veterano homeboy instead of how one would expect a child of a regarded leader in the Latino community to act.
While I haven’t been a big fan of Fabian Nuñez over the past few years, I do feel sorry for him and his wife. Remember that at one point, Nuñez and his wife Maria Robles had divorced and then remarried (and somewhere in between Fabian dated Mirthala Salinas, ex-girlfriend of Mayor Villar). Perhaps the stress of this divorce, the demands of extensive political travel, and shopping for wine in France and lugging it back in that Louis Vuitton luggage were too much for Fabian Nuñez to handle in addition to parenting his son.
How much do you want to bet that Fabian Nuñez is calling all of his lawyer friends, judges, and contributors in the San Diego area right now trying to get a handle on this? Having observed this man, I am inclined to think that he will try to cut a deal for his son and have Esteban implicate and point fingers at the kids whose parents don’t have the kind of influence or money that he does.
Photo Credit: Esteban Nuñez’s myspace, (Esteban on far left and solo in the photo with the black and blue t-shirt)