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Council candidate admits to eating Rubio’s cake, denies vandalism

Posted at 12:59 PM, Oct 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-31 19:29:59-04

District 3 city council candidate Eric Tunchez admits he’s the cake eater.

He’s the one who took a piece of Lucy Rubio’s farewell cake before the now former councilwoman even saw it.

“Yes I did,” said Tunchez.  “The mayor invited everyone to have a slice of cake and I decided to get me a slice of cake.”

Security footage from City Hall provided to KRIS 6 News shows Tunchez taking the cake.

“It was very delicious,” said Tunchez.  “I really liked the cake, it was good.”

Moments earlier, Rubio had announced her resignation as District 3’s representative on the council.  But Rubio feels Tunchez wasn’t there in a spirit of good will.

“He did not congratulate me, he didn’t even wait for me to come out,” said Rubio.  “He went ahead and did what he wanted to do.  Somehow, some way, he smeared where it said “We Love Lucy.””

Now Tunchez feels it’s his name being smeared.

“I was actually going to cut that piece for my friend. but he’s diabetic, and he didn’t want it after all,” said Tunchez.  “It wasn’t that I intentionally smeared her name, it was meant to be cut out.”

After watching the security camera footage, Mayor McComb says Tunchez’s story doesn’t rise.

“I didn’t see but one person,” said McComb.  “Looked like he took a knife and kind of smeared because the name was smeared on the cake.”

The sweet irony of this case is Tunchez is running to replace Rubio on the city council.  Even though Rubio endorsed his opponent, Tunchez says his actions weren’t politically motivated.

“I just wanted a slice of cake,” said Tunchez.  “I’m sorry.”

He’s even offered to replace the cake.  However, Rubio says Tunchez’s offer amounts to crumbs.

“It’s not about the cake, it’s about the principle behind it,” said Rubio.  “Ask anybody, would you go and cut somebody else’s cake? Most people would tell you no.”