PAC tied to Gonzales volunteer hired firm to dig up dirt in mayor's race

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Posted: Friday, October 11, 2013 9:20 pm | Updated: 1:38 am, Sun Oct 13, 2013.

A political action committee supporting mayoral candidate Javier Gonzales took responsibility Friday for hiring a political operative to dig up dirt on mayoral candidates, despite denials a day earlier from one of the group’s founders.

The admission by the Progressive Santa Fe PAC that it hired Blue Searchlight, a Washington D.C.-based political research firm, came after a story in The New Mexican detailed the firm’s activities, and muddied the separation between the PAC and Gonzales’ campaign.

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  • Donado Coviello posted at 12:21 pm on Thu, Oct 17, 2013.

    Cove Posts: 337

    Jon Hendry For Governor.

  • John Franco posted at 7:08 pm on Tue, Oct 15, 2013.

    JohnFranco Posts: 61

    maybe they sat on your hand Pi! [yawn]

  • Anthony Salazar posted at 4:28 pm on Tue, Oct 15, 2013.

    anthonyjsalazar Posts: 11

    Well it looks like the professional politician, Javier Gonzales, forgot that this wasn't a statewide race and using his own PAC seems to have backfired. $1639 in arrears in utilities? That's what happens when you're a professional politician and don't have a real job.

    We need real leadership in Santa Fe, not another career politician who's never held a real job.

    We need someone who's never help political office to be our next mayor. We'll know that he/she is there to serve Santa Feans, not make a name for themselves or use their well known family name so they can run for higher office later.

    I'm sick of the same old good old boy crap! We need NEW BLOOD PEOPLE!

  • Pat Shackleford posted at 10:44 am on Tue, Oct 15, 2013.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 567

    Your idea to limit anonymous postings here would have more credibiilty if you didn't use queen of trolls Airhead Puffington (and her tabloid rag) as a model for responsible journalism and reader comment. Although if SFNM adopted HuffPo style registration, we could earn nifty looking "badges" next to our user-name/image and (with good behaviour) even become "super users". Swell...

  • Mark Ordonez posted at 9:54 am on Tue, Oct 15, 2013.

    marcoordonez Posts: 657

    So Cove is your FULL name like McLovin, Cher, Madonna...etc

  • Donado Coviello posted at 8:27 am on Tue, Oct 15, 2013.

    Cove Posts: 337

    So Joey (real name Jose?) thinks that chat rooms like this can solve problems that are in his mind problems ... maybe they can just not in the way Joey thinks. Joey and other newcomers to the 'Lost Souls' Room', which is the name given long ago to this to this internet real estate by its original inhabitants.

    The First Amendment, 'Free Speech' and Citizen Journalism together are the only hope not the vote.

    The first Web Ed knew that the New Mexican knew that they and people users had to be tough to play the game of pushing for free speech and news/opinion in the same location while trying to pay the rent and not be sued .... a brave and wonderful act.

  • Donado Coviello posted at 6:58 am on Tue, Oct 15, 2013.

    Cove Posts: 337

    I agree people should use there "real" name for posting even if their real name represent a fake identity. Cove is my real name even on my voter registration and after an hour trying to up date my user profile the new Mexican's server would not accept my information. I contacted the web ed and they did not reply.

  • Joey Armijo posted at 9:28 am on Mon, Oct 14, 2013.

    jarmijo Posts: 3

    Because you never know why some throw mud. Sometimes it might be to make one's campaign look good, and sometimes it might be to make someone else's campaign look bad....

    Thank you for listening and your consideration.

  • Joey Armijo posted at 9:26 am on Mon, Oct 14, 2013.

    jarmijo Posts: 3

    If the New Mexican is truly intersted in stopping mudslinging, then I propose the New Mexican stops anonymous postings and verifies blogger identification.

    So to the write of this story, and to the editors of the paper, from the bottom of my heart, if you want to help clean up the dirt in Santa Fe politics, then please stop the practice of anonymous postings on your site. If you do, I guarantee you will have more people posting legitimate comments that will help our City solve many of its problems.

    Let's turn this blog from a trash throwing arena, to a civic minded, problem solving platform. Please!

  • Joey Armijo posted at 9:22 am on Mon, Oct 14, 2013.

    jarmijo Posts: 3

    I hope this email will come across as fair and objective to everyone. It's obvious there is a whole lot of mud slinging going on, and it's almost hypocritical to have a story about mudslinging while this blog continues to allow anonymous postings so that mud can be slung.

    The Huffingot Post is ending anonymous postings on their site. According to an article on Gigaom, Ariana Huffington said

    “Trolls are just getting more and more aggressive and uglier and I just came from London where there are rape and death threats,” Huffington said in comments to reporters after a speech at Hubspot’s Inbound 2013 conference in Boston. The changeover will come in mid-September, she said.

    “I feel that freedom of expression is given to people who stand up for what they say and [are] not hiding behind anonymity,” she said. “We need to evolve a platform to meet the needs of the grown-up Internet.”

  • Daniel Chacon posted at 4:07 pm on Sat, Oct 12, 2013.

    Daniel Chacon Posts: 18 Staff

    Thanks, Mr. Krueger. I love covering elections and local politics, so it seems as though I arrived in Santa Fe at just the right time.

  • Ray Krueger posted at 2:35 pm on Sat, Oct 12, 2013.

    RayK Posts: 6

    Nice reporting.

  • simon brackley posted at 11:55 am on Sat, Oct 12, 2013.

    ChamberSimon Posts: 28

    Go here for more about Wimberley and his associates NEA, SEIU and other big labor players. http://www.democracyalliance.org/leadership

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 11:19 am on Sat, Oct 12, 2013.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1672

    “We’re all interrelated"

    It's no surprise that for Javier Gonzales, Morty Simon and Carol Oppenheimer's hand picked candidate, the big unions, secret PAC money, and shadowy muckrakers are all interrelated. Remember, a vote for Javier is a vote for latte-liberal East Coast lawyers and their union lackeys.

  • John Parker posted at 10:28 am on Sat, Oct 12, 2013.

    John Parker Posts: 25

    Gonzales made a major miscalculation by deciding to throw his hat into the ring for this election. Throughout his career he has proven time and time again that he makes decisions based on personal political impact above all else. Unfortunately for him, Santa Fe is too small of a community to keep skeletons hidden. The citizens who will be voting in this election know him personally, and they know that ultimately he is simply not honest. He would have fared better in a statewide election where he could go into unfamiliar communities and bamboozle unbeknownst voters, but that's not happening here. He has already burned too many bridges.

  • Max Heisenberg posted at 8:32 am on Sat, Oct 12, 2013.

    Max Heisenberg Posts: 13

    Hmmmm....What a shame, dirty politics at its best by Gonzales.

    1. Use the PAC staffer to hire the firm; 2. Try to divert speculation by including himself in the requests; 3. Leave Roman Abeyta out of the requests to make it appear as though Abeyta was involved; and 4. Lie about it when the story hits the paper, and continue to lie about it after he gets caught with his hand in the cookie jar.

    Although he's a career politician its clear Gonzales is not the smartest one. Also, given he was thousands of dollars in the hole for just his utility bill is insane, imagine what his other personal finances looked like. Do we really want someone in City hall managing a budget containing millions of dollars in public funds who cant even manage their personal finances. Thats a scary thought.

  • Earl James posted at 7:00 am on Sat, Oct 12, 2013.

    kelpbottle Posts: 13

    Have fun, children!


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