“We just followed her on public streets, everything we did was in public,” said Kelly Riddle, a licensed PI and owner of Kelmar and Associates, the company hired by Torres’s opponent, former San Antonio Councilman Philip Cortez.
The week-long surveillance cost Cortez around $5,000. It was apparently money well spent. Torres was officially "residing" in the district in a rented apartment, but the video of Torres staying at her home outside House District 117 contributed to her resounding loss in the July 31 runoff election, according to political consultant Colin Strother.
“It was a godsend and it won the race for him. There’s no doubt about it,” Strother said. “Her biggest mistake was assuming that no one was watching. And that it didn’t matter.”