Texas man hopes tamale sales will fund campaign

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Jaime O. Perez knows his bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes in Texas is a long shot, at best.

So Perez decided to start small and fill in his campaign war chest $11.99 at a time. He hopes the oddly specific amount of money will help prop up his fledgling campaign and get a tasty Mexican treat at the same time: a dozen, made-from-scratch tamales.

Perez is the chief of staff to El Paso County's judge. He says his sister makes tamales really well and his family has a restaurant in El Paso.

He says he plans to file to run for the March primary next year. He says he knows that selling tamales may not get him enough money to win a seat in Congress, but he's trying to send a message that candidates don't need to be rich to participate.