Election ad watch: Martinez, GOP on attack; King lacks funds for fight

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Posted: Friday, June 6, 2014 9:00 pm | Updated: 11:36 am, Fri Jun 20, 2014.

Just three days after New Mexico Democrats chose Gary King as the party’s standard bearer, the Republican Governors Association on Friday launched a scathing television commercial calling King a “terrible” attorney general who would be “a worse governor.”

On the same day, the campaign of Gov. Susana Martinez launched its own commercial. However, this was a soft ad, focusing on Martinez supporting small businesses. Her ad doesn’t even mention King’s name.

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  • Pierce Knolls posted at 10:41 am on Mon, Jun 9, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1670

    Gary King is badly outmatched, fighting out of his weight-class, and even his supporters know it.

  • Michael Numan posted at 6:13 pm on Sat, Jun 7, 2014.

    mnuman Posts: 14

    With respect to Chris Mechels' post, the situation is not that simple.
    See: http://lajicarita.wordpress.com/2014/04/17/new-mexico-attorney-general-king-promises-ill-prosecute-apd-officers/

  • Pat Shackleford posted at 3:54 pm on Sat, Jun 7, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 567

    Since Obama is half-black & white, I'll accept that my characterization is somewhat "racist". I'm mocking his policy actions which have more frequently favored and expressed his "whiteness", than any affiliation or kinship one would expect him to have with people of color. I mock the supposed populist "liberal" Obama, whose actions have shown he'd rather cater to corporate big-money power-brokers worldwide, just like a horde of traditional milquetoast politicians before him, mostly conniving white guys. For example, the Trans-Pacific Partnership global trade deal he's pushing, while trying to keep the public from learning what the consequences could mean for them. How about the criminal-bankers who were NOT prosecuted for various fraudulent schemes which caused thousands to lose their homes and ne$t-eggs? The same bankers he bends over for on Wall Street and appoints to high positions in his administration. His Justice Department's continued pursuit in the failed "war on drugs" (which imprisons mostly minorities for low-level possession charges), and harassment of medical marijuana dispensaries, just to list a few. And more recently, his attempts to criminalize journalism stinks.

    I wish he was the "strong black man" champion of the people he was touted to be before he was elected, and not, as it turns out, protector of criminal-bankers who have ripped-off the working classes. Martin Luther King Jr. was a strong black man whose outspoken opposition to war made him truly worthy of his Nobel Peace Prize. Obama's winning-it, has thoroughly devalued it. Thanks for the opportunity to elaborate.

  • Chris Mechels posted at 3:17 pm on Sat, Jun 7, 2014.

    Chris Mechels Posts: 65

    Sadly, the other Democratic candidates gave King a "pass" on his record, which stinks.

    For those who want the true picture of Gary King, check out the minutes of the Law Enforcement Academy Board, which King Chairs, by statute. He shows no initiative or leadership of the Board, which sets standards for police training statewide. He shows no interest in the illegal Pursuit Policies and Use of Force policies used statewide. He allowed himself to be bullied by Nate Korn, aa very corrupt ABQ lawyer and "citizen representative" who destroyed the LEA curriculum.

    Gary King's staff attorney, Mark Shea, as Counsel to the Board, approved illegal Board actions, and King voted for them. When questioned by the ABQ Journal on his vote, the answer was 'he wouldn't have voted for that'. Well he did vote for it.

    In summary, Attorney General King, in a very important post, Chair of the LEA, showed no interest in our "many" statewide police problems with training and illegal policies. When challenged over a legal issue by Nate Korn, his response was to stop attending LEA meetings, "quitting the field".

    Gary King is pathetic. The Democrats let this clownish figure, not backed by his own party caucus, get the nomination.

    Disclosure; I filed an OMA complaint concerning the LEA. King and his staff have been sitting on it since February. Typical of King...

    A Democrat, I despise Gary King.

  • P.J. Catanach posted at 1:21 pm on Sat, Jun 7, 2014.

    PattyjoCatanach Posts: 31

    I can see the Koch brothers already have invaded NM.

  • Tim Long posted at 1:13 pm on Sat, Jun 7, 2014.

    TimLong Posts: 14

    Everyone has seen how hard Gary King has worked for New Mexico's citizens and these kind of overkill attack ads, financed by Texas "swiftboat" oil interests, will certainly work against Martinez' chances for reelection.

  • Pat Shackleford posted at 11:41 am on Sat, Jun 7, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 567

    He's not poor, and is probably hesitant to become so by throwing his own money against Martinez' mega-bank. As for inviting "President Obama to come to NM for a fund raiser", King's approval rating among Democrats may already be higher than White Chocolate.

  • Michael Numan posted at 11:15 am on Sat, Jun 7, 2014.

    mnuman Posts: 14

    When Republicans run negative ads from the very beginning, one begins to wonder about the rating a serious observer would give Susana Martinez as Governor.
    Our State is doing so poorly and I can't see any benefit gained from Martinez's stewardship. In fact, I think she has had a negative influence.
    And I wonder why the ABQ Journal said King's record should make taxpayers sick while also endorsing him in the recent primary.
    With respect to Martinez's ad, if we keep thinking that lowering taxes is the major answer to NM's problems, we are in real trouble.

  • Joe Montoya posted at 10:37 am on Sat, Jun 7, 2014.

    Joe_Montoya Posts: 77

    King may not be a millionaire, but he isn't poor either. If he wants to win the election I am sure he'll find the financial resources to launch an effective campaign. The New Mexico Democratic Party will also pitch in several hundreds of thousands of dollars. They will not King stranded in the desert. He can also invite President Obama to come to NM for a fund raiser. King has many options at his disposal!

  • Fred Stokes posted at 9:53 am on Sat, Jun 7, 2014.

    fredstokes Posts: 93

    King's problem is that he was the worst Attorney General ever.


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