Race for funding takes ugly turn in gubernatorial contest

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Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 9:00 pm | Updated: 1:00 pm, Tue May 20, 2014.

It’s on.

The campaign for governor took a turn for the nasty Wednesday, when Democrat Alan Webber’s campaign emailed a fundraising letter calling Gov. Susana Martinez’s team of advisers a “fraternity of misogynistic thugs” and bringing up old criminal cases involving Martinez’s top political consultant, Jay McCleskey, from the 1990s.

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  • Joseph Hempfling posted at 5:29 pm on Tue, Apr 29, 2014.

    joehempfling Posts: 189


  • oscar michael posted at 3:01 pm on Fri, Apr 25, 2014.

    oscar mike Posts: 142

    Sir, are you really this ignorant or is this a cry for attention? Do you not know that the KKK was started by southern DEMOCRATS who opposed republicans after the civil war? In fact, the civil rights act (1964) was filibustered by an ex-Klansman by the name of Robert Byrd. This man was a west Virginian DEMOCRAT. Use your internet for something other than watching porn and MSNBC. These facts are easily attainable via the Google.

  • Khal Spencer posted at 12:31 pm on Fri, Apr 25, 2014.

    Khal Spencer Posts: 418

    I suspect Rudd was hired because there was nothing on his record to exclude him.

    Apparently most of the charges against Rudd were dropped by the Courts because of the rampant illegal acts of the FBI during the COINTELPRO program. According to Wiki, "...(Rudd) received a small fine and ultimately spent less than one year in jail..."

    One dirty hand washes the other, eh? Keep truckin' down Memory Lane, guys....

  • Khal Spencer posted at 11:46 am on Fri, Apr 25, 2014.

    Khal Spencer Posts: 418

    There is a symmetry here in the mudslinging.

    "McCleskey, who was in his 20s when the incidents took place, declined to respond to the email Wednesday"

    "The “domestic terrorist” reference points to Mark Rudd, a former member of the radical Weather Underground and a Webber supporter. Rudd...long ago renounced the group and has advocated nonviolence for decades."

    If the best we can do is fling poo from decades-old incidents, we are missing the point. I suggest folks look at the record in the Governor's case, or Webber's web site, to see what they stand for. Plenty of meat on the bones there without adding this stupidity to the mix.

    Mr. Michael mentions the dreaded tax on the 1% down below to support education. There is a lot more to like and dislike on Mr. Webber's educational platform, which can be easily located on his web site. There is plenty of substance there to discuss, some I agree with, some troubles me. The present Florida Connection also troubles me. The continued decline in state funding (not just here but elsewhere) for higher education is, in the long term, self defeating to building a future economy. Social promotion likewise breeds failure.

    Mark Rudd taught math in our state education system for most of 30 years and probably knows more about education from the perspective of the educational trenches than an education secretary who never taught. Rudd surrendered to authorities in the seventies, serving what was asked of him by the authorities. Enough said.

  • John Bennett posted at 10:19 am on Fri, Apr 25, 2014.

    JohnBennett Posts: 16

    When you start calling your opponent names, like an eight-year-old, you've got nothing! Next up for Webber: The Race Card! (No logic required).

  • Eli Chavez posted at 7:16 pm on Thu, Apr 24, 2014.

    Eli Chavez Posts: 25

    The Nevada GOP KKK Spoke person known as Cowboy expressed what the GOP KKK really stands for. RACISM. The Koch Brothers Support Governor Martinez policies which were expressed by Gov. Martinez on the Recordings. Now we all know what the GOP KKK Party Stands For.

  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 6:56 pm on Thu, Apr 24, 2014.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 481

    Brilliant! Nothing to see here, folks!

    Good one, Mr. Knolls![thumbup]

  • Steve Salazar posted at 1:55 pm on Thu, Apr 24, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 872

    The Noble Peace Prize isn't worth the medal it's made from these days.

  • oscar michael posted at 1:39 pm on Thu, Apr 24, 2014.

    oscar mike Posts: 142

    Just read the Education portion of the alan webber website to see what he will do for you tomorrow. Things like a special tax on the evil 1% to fund his education indoctrination of new socialists for the future. After that check out the safety section where he states a goal of reducing "gun-violence" by 20%. How will this happen? well if you take away the guns we will surely reduce the "gun- Violence"(its for your own safety).

  • oscar michael posted at 1:29 pm on Thu, Apr 24, 2014.

    oscar mike Posts: 142

    Straight from the alan for nm website. " My education secretary will be a professional educator". Guess who nicely fits that requirement?

  • Khal Spencer posted at 12:45 pm on Thu, Apr 24, 2014.

    Khal Spencer Posts: 418


  • Khal Spencer posted at 11:23 am on Thu, Apr 24, 2014.

    Khal Spencer Posts: 418

    So New Mexico has no real problems? The candidates can waste time and money throwing mud at each other? That is a long honored tradition in politics--go dirty, go dirty early, go dirty often. It drives away voters and ensures only the fanatical base will show up at the polls.

    Rudd was a terrorist in the 1970's. Menachim Begin was a terrorist in the 1940s as a member of the Irgun. He was a Nobel Peace Prize winner in later life, sharing it with Anwar Sadat. People change. Get over it.

    What I want to know is what are the candidates going to do for me tomorrow, besides ensuring that anyone standing anywhere near one of them will have to clean you-know-what off their clothing.

  • Jimmy Green posted at 10:37 am on Thu, Apr 24, 2014.

    Evil_J Posts: 145

    If this were the 70's, Webber would be a target for Rudd and the weather underground. all politicians were. They were violently against "the establishment". and they showed NO care for human life. Why is Rudd a professor at UNM? That, to me, is the bigger question

  • Jimmy Green posted at 10:35 am on Thu, Apr 24, 2014.

    Evil_J Posts: 145

    so it would be better to have a democrat who's buddy is a domestic terrorist. yeah. makes sense.

  • Peter Romero posted at 9:36 am on Thu, Apr 24, 2014.

    roromero Posts: 13

    I guess we can go back to the good old days of state employee furloughs, no raises for state employees the state millions in the red and maybe purchase 4 jets this time.

  • Mike Palaima posted at 8:29 am on Thu, Apr 24, 2014.

    pressman Posts: 34

    Question I ask myself. Can we do worse than Susana? She is, and it is becoming more apparent with time, not a very good governor for the people. Special interests, another story? Can we do worse, back to my question? I do not think we know that answer fully yet? The games have begun in earnest. I don't want to see Susana become the worst. Lets make a change.

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:16 am on Thu, Apr 24, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1675

    I'm just glad that New Mexico is challenged by so few issues that these petty squabbles are all the candidates can come up with as fodder for debate.


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