I expect the door to the Cadillac Bar Restaurant to be a lot heavier. It's history of serving the legal community – and its proximity to the Courthouse and City Hall – has made it a go-to hangout for the relaxed side of political life in the Alamo City. George Strait’s 1983 cover “Amarillo by Morning” is playing on the overhead when I enter and I gradually recall the last time I was here: “Mic it for the Gavel,” a political fundraiser for Melissa Martinez-Carrasco's unsuccessful 2010 run for Justice of the Peace. She earned just six percent of the vote as a Libertarian. That was a rough year for donkeytown, too.
But two years can seem like a lifetime in politics. Even before I spot the expected familiar faces, I sense veritable merriment. I lick my index finger, hold it in the air, and confirm my suspicions: I've just walked into a Democratic love fest.
The guest of honor is Bexar County Sheriff Amadeo Ortiz, who's running for a second term against – my best friend and yours – retired Air Force Major General Susan Pamerleau.