Gonzales responds to story about ties to outside groups

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Posted: Monday, February 17, 2014 9:48 am | Updated: 4:26 pm, Mon Feb 17, 2014.

Mayoral candidate Javier Gonzales issued a message to supporters Sunday in response to a story in The New Mexican about his ties to four outside groups that are spending private dollars to support his candidacy.

Here is the full, unedited text of Gonzales' message:

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  • Staci Benni posted at 8:48 am on Wed, Feb 19, 2014.

    Sta Benni Posts: 168

    Other questions I have about Gonzales: Why does he use Packard's going out of business as an example of a business failure? Has he not been downtown to see that it and its employees were immediately taken up by the Maloofs who are selling the same top end goods? There are other programs that Mr Gonzales calls for that are already in existence. And whatever happened to the city-wide bank that Gonzales touted as the solution to all green-related issues just a couple of weeks ago? Mr Gonzales is a highly polished speaker who has excellent handlers who have taught him what to say (jargon) in response to preordained questions. I just wonder about his depth of knowledge, his reliance on so many that he clearly owes favors to and his reliance on PACs (I don't care what he says, his office is in the same bldg as Work America and the Democratic Party. Getting support from the good old boys network and the party machined doesn't impress me. Real answers with a solid knowledge base would..

  • Staci Benni posted at 6:15 am on Wed, Feb 19, 2014.

    Sta Benni Posts: 168

    Let's look at who is endorsing Gonzales: Coss whose policies have been an economic disaster; Wurzburger whom Gonzales described last night as an "outsider" who has served the city tirelessly. NO. Wurzburger has been holding on to Coss' coattails for some time and the only person she has served is herself. Rosemary Romero a one-term wonder who always promoted her business at public forums and who couldn't even draft an effective ethics (conflict of interest) ordinance; Matt Ortiz--a lawyer who has been disciplined by the state bar association and by the ethics board....need I go one?

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 1:53 pm on Tue, Feb 18, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1654

    "I respect Jim, and I am following his advice." - Of course, Javier filed an ethics complaint against Patti Bushee for following Jim Harrington's advice. I think that tells us something about just how much Javier respects Jim.

  • Staci Benni posted at 10:21 am on Tue, Feb 18, 2014.

    Sta Benni Posts: 168

    Disingenous and self-serving IMHO. Javier is an adept politician who can deflect questions so he can answer what he wants. I have observed him do this at more than one forum. Activist? Don't make me laugh. All he was good at doing is using his connections to get put on boards and then using these figurehead positions to pretend he has relevant experience to be mayor!
    Yesterday Work America paid employee showed up at my home. When I told him I was not happy about his organization's injection into this local race, he just shrugged and left the literature despite my request not to do so.

  • Judy Klinger posted at 10:43 pm on Mon, Feb 17, 2014.

    judy klinger Posts: 11

    He is intentionally changing the subject. It's not about how he campaigns or who his friends are. It's about taking money from several PACs in addition to the $60,000 of taxpayers' money. According to the Sunday article “'We absolutely have not coordinated anything with any outside groups. Period,' Gonzales said." Gonzales' disavowal of the PACs is disingenuous at best. His own campaign headquarters, the Central Labor Council which is paying union workers to work for his campaign, and AFSCME which gave $5,000 to his Santa Fe Working Families PAC (according to City Clerk's 2/7/14 campaign finance reports) all share the same building @ 1420 Cerrillos Road which also houses the SF Democratic Party headquarters. Are we still supposed to believe that there is NO COORDINATION between "outside" groups who happen to be "inside" the same building as his campaign? PACs may be legal, and Gonzales can accept money and help from them, but he should NOT ALSO be taking $60,000 of taxpayers' money, a process voters approved to keep private money out of public elections! Would we really want a mayor who is willing to take advantage of loopholes for himself, who even denies knowing who occupies the next office, who deflects us away from the point by claiming this is something "that the public should be proud of?" Please Santa Fe, wake up, smell the coffee.

  • Jeff E Green posted at 10:17 pm on Mon, Feb 17, 2014.

    Jeff E Green Posts: 111

    When has Javier Gonzales ever been an activist, much less a long time one? I've attended most of the mayoral candidate forums plus a number of Javier's events and I've never before heard him describe himself as an activist ... For what cause? Where is this coming from?

  • Mike Miller posted at 3:59 pm on Mon, Feb 17, 2014.

    Mike Miller Posts: 17

    Wow you can tell he didn't write this, sounds like the good ol talk a whole lot but don't say too much. A vote for Javier is a vote for moving Santa Fe Forward to bankruptcy.


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