One for the History Books
Sexting scandal rocks the Alamo as "civil war" continues between state officials and Daughters of the Republic
After more than a century-and-a-half of relative peace and quiet, the Alamo has been seeing quite a bit of action recently.
In the wake of a November mix-up involving an original copy of the Texas Declaration of Independence, current Alamo head Melinda Navarro has thrust the Lone Star shrine back into headlines when it was revealed that she sent nude photographs and explicit texts to a man with whom she was allegedly having extra-marital relations.
The San Antonio Current reports that Navarro's husband Larry discovered the photos in September and proceeded to send them to his wife's cell phone contacts, including Alamo co-workers and even the couple's 16-year-old daughter.
Navarro's husband discovered the photos in September and then sent them to his wife's cell phone contacts.
With divorce proceedings now in full swing, Larry Navarro seeks examination of a laptop computer as well as testimony from the unnamed male recipient, whom the San Antonio Express-News notes was a former vendor at the Alamo.
Melinda Navarro denies the affair.
The sexting scandal comes amidst an outright civil war between the state government and the Daughters of the Republic of Texas — the organization which helped to restore the Alamo in the early 20th century and maintained leadership of the site until 2011, when legislators wrested control from the group.
The DRT is under contract with the state to help operate the landmark mission, with Melinda Navarro acting as the organization's onsite administrator alongside officials from the Texas General Land Office.
“I have repeatedly asked for a strong state presence at the Alamo, and this new information does not add confidence to the management,” said Texas senator Leticia Van de Putte, who drafted the 2011 bill ending DRT control of the site.
“It's very sad that any questions about the Alamo, with its great history of Texas, continue to take a back seat again to turbulent personalities."
The DRT's state contract to operate the Alamo will expire June 30.