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Posted: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 11:00 pm | Updated: 1:38 pm, Thu Feb 27, 2014.

From the start, Javier Gonzales has publicly disavowed the involvement of independent expenditure groups supporting his candidacy for mayor.

But with less than one week before the election, a contingent of outside groups now has become the biggest spender in the race, pumping more than $48,000 altogether in a flurry of direct mailings and other efforts promoting Gonzales and, in some instances, bashing his opponents.

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75 comments:

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:03 am on Tue, Mar 4, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1662

    Once Working America is included in all the PAC and union spending, the total of outside spending on Javier's campaign is just over $60,000. That means that despite having accepted public financing for his campaign, Javier is outspending his opponents by more than double. We know that big campaign spending influences voters and can sway the outcome of an election, so what to these unions and PACs expect to get from Javier in return for buying this election for him?

     
  • Jack Rush posted at 6:58 am on Tue, Mar 4, 2014.

    SFWatcher Posts: 57

    Steven Farber, looks like you were burning the late night oil. I expect that you will lead a grass roots effort after the election to reform the campaign finance law that was flawed and allowed this situation. You will of course be including Councilor Bushee since she worked on and voted for this law. If you don’t then all your cut and pastes and filibustering will have been just politically motived as they appear now and nothing to do with upholding the sanctity of the election process. You know that line about “though doth protest too much”.

     
  • Steven Farber posted at 1:02 am on Tue, Mar 4, 2014.

    steven farber Posts: 35

    Apparently the New Mexican has in the past hours published an on line article about the additional PAC and outside money being spent but that article did not focus on the mayoral contest as was done by the referenced Journal North and the Santa Fe Reporter articles.

     
  • Steven Farber posted at 12:30 am on Tue, Mar 4, 2014.

    steven farber Posts: 35

    Albuquerque Journal North is reporting that the PACs and outside money supporting Gonzales and attacking Patti Bushee have now spent $57,000 + in this election. Working America did not file by the deadline.

    The Journal North reports "Two political action committees and a national AFL-CIO affiliate reported spending $57,700 through Sunday in support of former state Democratic Party chairman Javier Gonzales’ mayoral candidacy.

    That’s nearly as much as the $60,000 in taxpayer dollars that Gonzales and the other two candidates, City Councilors Patti Bushee and Bill Dimas, each received for their campaigns under Santa Fe’s public campaign financing system."

    The Santa Fe Reporter has a similar article. No article on this subject appears in the New Mexican on line.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 7:49 am on Mon, Mar 3, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1662

    "why support anybody who puts up cell towers"

    Uh, because I like having a strong cell-phone connection?

     
  • Dave Ciukowski posted at 10:35 am on Sun, Mar 2, 2014.

    d ski Posts: 4
  • Dave Ciukowski posted at 10:31 am on Sun, Mar 2, 2014.

    d ski Posts: 4
  • Jack Rush posted at 2:11 pm on Fri, Feb 28, 2014.

    SFWatcher Posts: 57

    Well Mike Miller "Mill" this over. Jack knows you haven't posted anything of substance. Jack knows you took a shot at a candidate’s family. Jack knows that you are here as a sideshow act. Piece Knolls at least attempts ( poorly) to ground some of his statements in reason, you are what they call a shill, you just haven’t stated who you are for, from your behavior I can guess. Bring some points and you will be treated seriously otherwise be quiet the adults are talking.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 10:16 am on Fri, Feb 28, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1662

    Lalo, do you really want to know what my dog did to deserve me? Well, she was beaten, shot, starved, and abandoned. When Animal Control found her and brought her in to the shelter, she was so covered in ticks and weak from starvation and dehydration that they weren't sure if she would survive. The shelter nursed her back to health and put her up for adoption, but she still looked so scroungy and unhealthy that there was a real risk that no one would take her and she was quite possibly headed for being put to sleep. But I rescued her and gave her a forever home, even though everyone else rejected her, and now she's health and happy, and she's been a great canine companion for more than eleven years now.

    Cling to whatever naive political beliefs make you feel righteous, but I'd say that the guy who can't add to the discussion in any more substantive way than taking cheap shots at another poster's dog is the real troll here.

     
  • Mike Miller posted at 9:08 am on Fri, Feb 28, 2014.

    Mike Miller Posts: 17

    Jack doesn't know jack about being dignified. As far as Javier's word it don't mean Jack, he is a proven lair and will say and do anything to get elected. On March 4th vote for anyone but Javier Gonzales A liar today and a liar tomorrow.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 3:07 pm on Thu, Feb 27, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1662

    "They can not buy the election.." - Right. That's why campaign spending is such a contentious issue, because it has NO impact on election results. It is not elitist to point out the fact that campaign spending influences voters and can have a significant impact on elections.

    "How do you know this?" - It seems obvious to me that if Javier were a real leader he could get these PACs and unions to stop all their spending on his campaign, if he wanted to. So which is it? Is he incapable of leading even the people who support him? Or is the benefit of all that extra spending on his behalf simply to great a temptation?

    "You either take Mr. Gonzales at his word that he has not encouraged nor does he welcome the PAC support. That is your decision." - Well, if it's my decision, then I've decided not to take Javier at his word, based on the fact that his campaign is obviously benefiting (nearly $2-to-$1 over his competitors) from all this PAC and union payola. Javier is crying big crocodile tears all the way to the bank about this PAC and union cash churning out on his behalf.

     
  • Jack Rush posted at 2:12 pm on Thu, Feb 27, 2014.

    SFWatcher Posts: 57

    PK :The best way to get the New Mexican to stop running stories about the unfair advantage Javier is getting from PACs and unions and their attempt to buy this election is for Javier to get the PACs and unions to stop trying to buy this election.

    Different issue and your premise is false. They can not buy the election unless of course as I have stated on previous occasions you think that the voters are stupid and can’t think for themselves and that is being at elitist.

    PK :But why would he, unless he cares more about validating public financing of fair elections than he does about his personal power?

    How do you know this? It is speculation. Do I speculate because Daniel Chacon has continued to take one news story and spin many off of it that he (Chacon) is attempting to influence an election from what they used to call a bully pulpit? Do I then like you and others speculate that the rumors are true that he is a Bushee supporter. Has he been promised something? Do you see Pierce where wild speculation goes?

    PK : What's undignified is the way the PACs and unions have taken advantage of an obvious flaw in the public financing law to try and buy themselves a candidate.

    We agree on one thing, the public financing campaign law is flawed. You either take Mr. Gonzales at his word that he has not encouraged nor does he welcome the PAC support. That is your decision.

     
  • Judy Klinger posted at 2:03 pm on Thu, Feb 27, 2014.

    judy klinger Posts: 11

    Pierce Knolls, whoever you are, thank you for all your intelligent discourse and for sticking with it! You've been nailing it all along!

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 1:57 pm on Thu, Feb 27, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1662

    Well, it looks like Javier's paid "supporters" were so abusing the public opinion poll on this topic that the New Mexican had to take it down.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 1:03 pm on Thu, Feb 27, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1662

    The best way to get the New Mexican to stop running stories about the unfair advantage Javier is getting from PACs and unions and their attempt to buy this election is for Javier to get the PACs and unions to stop trying to buy this election. But why would he, unless he cares more about validating public financing of fair elections than he does about his personal power?

    What's undignified is the way the PACs and unions have taken advantage of an obvious flaw in the public financing law to try and buy themselves a candidate.

     
  • Jack Rush posted at 12:30 pm on Thu, Feb 27, 2014.

    SFWatcher Posts: 57

    Pierce Knolls the question should be is Javier Gonzales being showcased for attack by the Santa Fe New Mexican by Daniel Chacon, that’s the question and quit your whining, its undignified.

     
  • Andrew Lucero posted at 11:36 am on Thu, Feb 27, 2014.

    Andrew Lucero Posts: 128

    [thumbup]

     
  • Margaret C de Baca posted at 11:31 am on Thu, Feb 27, 2014.

    peace12 Posts: 60

    GENE HACKMAN FOR MAYOR "DAMN STRAIGHT POLITICS" Straight shooter that does not have to be bought. That is what Santa Fe needs.[whistling]

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 10:44 am on Thu, Feb 27, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1662

    Somewhere out there, right now, there are municipal union employees making $11 an hour to repeatedly hit the "yes" button on the poll accompanying this story.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 9:28 am on Thu, Feb 27, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1662

    Sure Javier is disavowing the PACs, disavowing them all the way to the bank.

     
  • Staci Benni posted at 8:28 am on Thu, Feb 27, 2014.

    Sta Benni Posts: 170

    Again, Mr Leland, I have been at many forums. I have not seen Bushee make faces as you say. I have seen Javier being asked a historic preservation question and then say: I don't want to talk about that...I want to talk about preservation of people and go off again into his limited and learned rhetoric that his handlers taught him.Great example of a politician who will not answer the question.
    And Mr Rush—really? It is OK to have government union members working for your candidacy and being paid by the union and it is OK to have Mommy give you a job, but it is not OK for the other two mayoral candidates to have worked for the government—the largest employer in our town? Sort of like the Dems getting their knickers twisted on the United Citizens decision but it is OK when the candidate is one of their own. PACs IMO are the bad actors and should be banned because we do not know who really contributes to them unlike other 501 entities.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:15 am on Thu, Feb 27, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1662

    If one is being paid $11 an hour to "support" a candidate, then "toadie" is probably an accurate moniker. If one is so enthralled with a candidate that one is blind to that fact that that candidate is beholden to big-money PACs and the unions, then "sycophant" is probably also accurate. Face it, Javier doesn't care about us regular voters, he's only interested in pleasing the people who can buy him an election.

    There's nothing elitist about telling it like it is.

     
  • Paul White posted at 11:01 pm on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    Pabloblanco Posts: 45

    The one meeting I went to that JG put together about "real issues about water" was just a show and tell event. When I asked Javier at the QandA part of the meeting about two major issues regarding water he had no idea what I was talking about. And even though I was at the meeting for a half hour after and he was two feet from me he didn't come up to me to get better informed. That's all I need to know about him.

     
  • Andrew Lucero posted at 8:32 pm on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    Andrew Lucero Posts: 128

    The above comment paid for by an out of state PAC or other various special interest groups!

     
  • Jack Rush posted at 7:43 pm on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    SFWatcher Posts: 57

    Pierce Knolls you should probably vote for Bill Dimas since he hasn't shown up at any of the forums to hang out with us regular voters who you refer to as " toadies and sycophants ", what a little elitist you are.

     
  • Jack Rush posted at 7:09 pm on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    SFWatcher Posts: 57

    Joe Montoya, the Spanish I use when referring to people like yourself who blame a candidate for a flawed campaign finance law voted on by one of your candidate(s) ( oh wait you have posted support for both Bushee and Dimas, get off the fence you'll get splinters.) is Entre bocas cerradas. No entran moscas....

     
  • Emilia Serrano posted at 4:30 pm on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    Emilia Posts: 20

    Javier is by far the best person for Mayor.

     
  • Donado Coviello posted at 4:13 pm on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    Cove Posts: 336

    [thumbup]

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 2:23 pm on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1662

    [thumbup]

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 2:22 pm on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1662

    "...Javier will win and that's the best thing."

    I'm sure it is the best thing, for the people to whom Javier is beholden thanks to all their supportive spending. It's probably not "the best thing" for the taxpayers of Santa Fe, who are going to have to fund they payola when Javier's bank-rollers come calling. This PAC and union spending is clearly contrary to the intent of the voter-supported public financing law, and Javier's support for the people who run the PACs is nothing but hypocrisy.

     
  • Jack Rush posted at 2:11 pm on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    SFWatcher Posts: 57

    Good point Staci Benni " Dimas has been a govt worker most of his life and Bushee has owned a small landscaping business and worked for the Office of State " they have been feeding on the public teat for too long, time for them to move on, I'm sure they have pensions coming

     
  • John Leland posted at 2:09 pm on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    Leland1234 Posts: 36

    Yeah or you will just be proven wrong about your assumptions Mr. Knolls. Im glad we will agree on one thing, that Javier will win and that's the best thing.

     
  • John Leland posted at 2:07 pm on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    Leland1234 Posts: 36

    Reread what I wrote. I said are normal in other cities and are normal now. I think you need to spend your time trying to get a bunch of signatures together to remove them if you have a problem with them in Santa Fe. I can from the New York and people would run and get public financing and then PAC's would support who they wanted and it is normal in America. You should probably think about trying to stop talking Patti up, she's rude in all the debates (rolls her eyes, makes faces, reads off premade scripts). As a public leader she isn't ready and no one should vote for her because she hasn't solved any of Santa Fe's major issues in the last 20 years and wouldn't as Mayor. congratulation's for her having a landscaping business, I used to cut lawns and pull weeds when I was a kid so I guess I'm as qualified as she is? DONT VOTE FOR BUSHEE

     
  • Mark Ordonez posted at 1:51 pm on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    marcoordonez Posts: 649

    "Frankly, not one of these candidates are worth a darn" I hear that!

    I'm going to write in Asenath Kepler.

     
  • Andrew Lucero posted at 1:15 pm on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    Andrew Lucero Posts: 128

    Frankly, not one of these candidates are worth a darn. And Gonzales is the worst of them. I can't believe anyone would ever consider voting for him...He typifies EVERYTHING that is broken and dysfunctional with politics in New Mexico and America. He lacks the moral fiber, ethics and integrity to be a public servant. He is a career, self-serving , corrupt politician who has been bought and paid for by outside special interest groups. He will never represent the interests of the citizens of Santa Fe. He will only do his master's bidding...Haven't we had enough of the satus quo and politics as usual? --A vote for Gonzales is nothing more than the resurrection of the ghosts of Bill Richardson and the failed polices of the Coss Administration.

    Personally, I think I am going to write in Gene Hackman for mayor...God knows we need some "Little Bill" on the council...

     
  • Staci Benni posted at 11:24 am on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    Sta Benni Posts: 170

    Mr Leland: I believe you are mistaken when you say PACs are normal in any election…This is the first election in which they have intruded into the city’s mayoral race. Why are they needed if the candidates have public funding? Wasn’t public funding an effort to level the playing field and not allow candidates to benefit from outside money as as Coss and Wurzburger? As for going to forums, I have been to many. What I heard from Javier is about three responses—none of which were innovative. For example, the city, county and state have been doing regional water planning for years. Where was Javier when all that was going on? He makes it sound like he is the first to come up with this idea. And yes Javier is suave but all it is rhetoric—look at his record—a better indicator of what he will do—something you won’t find at the forums.
    And Cove—really? It is Javier who is the establishment candidate—look at all the present and past politicos who support him. Bushee and Dimas are supported by the citizens from all walks of life—not just the unions or developers. As for big money, Gonzales’ family radio station where he had a job and the megadeveloper he now works for don’t really qualify as “small businesses”. Dimas has been a govt worker most of his life and Bushee has owned a small landscaping business and worked for the Office of State

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 11:09 am on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1662

    It's too late. None of this matters, because the PACs and the unions have already bought this election. The fix is in and Javier will win, and then the unions and the shadowy power-brokers behind the PACs will get in line to reap their taxpayer funded rewards.

     
  • Mark Ordonez posted at 11:03 am on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    marcoordonez Posts: 649

    [thumbup]

    Uh that's why it's called public life and I think the point is if Javier can lie for so long on such a huge issue, political lies ain't no thing.

     
  • Steve Salazar posted at 10:57 am on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 869

    I don't consider Santa Fe to be BIG government.

     
  • Mark Ordonez posted at 10:51 am on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    marcoordonez Posts: 649

    Dimas, Honesty, integrity? Hmmmm, didn't he promise to stay a his whole term on the Council? Before you get defensive Mr. Lucero, I've already heard the ,"well all kinds of people told me to run" quote from Bill.

    Shouldn't he have checked his ego, shown us what he could do a full 4 year term as a councilor in 2014, NOT the 80's and then give it a go for Mayor?
    Maybe this would have exhibited MORE of these qualities you're "saying" he has?

     
  • John McAndrew posted at 10:51 am on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    John McA Posts: 8

    It's disheartening to see Democrats, who criticize the Koch brothers' PACs as bad for democracy, set aside their principles when it is their candidate who benefits from the outside money. And it's disingenuous of Javier to decry their presence while benefitting from them, and to equate criticism of the PACs with demonizing the people and causes the PACs purport to represent.

    We Democrats like to shake our heads in wonder at working people who vote against their interests when voting for Republicans. But any Democrat who claims to want money out of politics, and still votes for a candidate benefitting from PAC spending in a publicly financed election, is suffering from the same cognitive dissonance: their vote rewards the corrupting influence of PACs.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 10:41 am on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1662

    Yup, Santa Fe has has the lowest crime rate in the last two years than under the first six years of the Coss administration, but it's still nearly double what is was before Coss. Since they're controlled by the same soft-on-crime cabal, a vote for Javier is a vote for four more years of Coss' lackadaisical attitude towards property crime.

    Javier's supporters sure are adamant about wanting everyone else to ignore the PACs, which are making a mockery out of the public financing that Santa Feans overwhelmingly support.

    Of course Javier is going to win on Tuesday. Thanks the the PACs and the unions, twice as much money is being spent to elect him than is being spent on the other candidates. It may be legal for the unions and the PACs to buy themselves a candidate, but it sure seems hypocritical.

     
  • Mike Miller posted at 10:36 am on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    Mike Miller Posts: 17

    Again Mr. Leland can not read and keeps changing numbers, before you comment tell Javier to off first.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 10:33 am on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1662

    Saying that my posts aren't factual doesn't actually disprove anything in my posts. Can you prove that the PACs, the unions, and Javier's campaign aren't "interrelated" as Jon Hendry described them? Because those PACs and the unions sure seem to be buying themselves a candidate.

    [smile]

     
  • John Leland posted at 10:23 am on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    Leland1234 Posts: 36

    Knolls, Cerrillos is a state highway, not a city highway. Every City has issues with potholes and crime, its not something someone can SOLELY base their campaign on when we are still recovering from a recession. And Santa Fe has the lowest crime rate in the last 2 years than it has had for a while. The issues at hand in this race are not PAC's, we need to stop our focuses on PAC's (which are normal in EVERY political race around the US) and concentrate on what Santa Fe needs for its future.

    Miller, you still believe that a straw had vote with 70 members won the union vote. Don't forget to get your calculator out and add up that there are 750 members and figure out what 60% of that is. Also the meeting wasn't sent out to all 750 members so the vote is null and void. Good luck wasting your vote on Tuesday to someone who is in last place. [beam]

     
  • Mark Ordonez posted at 10:20 am on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    marcoordonez Posts: 649

    "As I said on Sunday, I disavow the PACs"...Javier Gonzales

    And since this is a political issue, all parties involved are telling the truth....
    How can so many be so right and so wrong at the same time?
    My brain hurts.
    [censored]

     
  • John Leland posted at 10:16 am on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    Leland1234 Posts: 36

    I just did debunk everything you have ever said! LMAO. Everything you say is based off of what you read rather than from first hand experience. As a whole Knolls, you have been debunked.

     
  • Mike Miller posted at 9:54 am on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    Mike Miller Posts: 17

    Hey Leland where do you live? Here we go again with Mr. Leland's fantasy world where Santa Fe has no potholes, crime, or trash problems and the PACS helping out Javier are great for the city election. I bet you believe corporations are people and money is there form of freespeech. I wish I could live in a fantasy world where everything is great. Don't believe everything you write Mr. Leland.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 9:37 am on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1662

    You still haven't actually debunked any of my posts.

     
  • Donado Coviello posted at 9:37 am on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    Cove Posts: 336

    The point is why do you want BIG Government by anyone's hand?

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 9:36 am on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1662

    John, as I type this I'm right in the middle of the Siler Road “midtown” area of Santa Fe. Like the old bumper sticker says: "Pray for me, I drive on Cerrillos." And feel free to post the burglary statistics from before the Coss administration through the present, I think you'll be surprised at just how bad a job the city is really doing at preventing burglaries.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 9:21 am on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1662

    Where do these "progressives" think the tax revenues are gonna come from if we suppress the private sector excessively? The money for a BIG municipal union payroll doesn't grow on trees. It's truly mystifying to me.

     
  • John Leland posted at 9:18 am on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    Leland1234 Posts: 36

    Ok so you have never been to any mayoral forum thus far so everything you have stated in all your comments in based on assumptions? Guess you know everything Knolls. All your opinions are based off of what you read in the media rather than experience first hand. LMAO and you live through the New Mexican!!!!!! [tongue]

     
  • Mike Miller posted at 9:17 am on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    Mike Miller Posts: 17

    [thumbup]

     
  • John Leland posted at 9:15 am on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    Leland1234 Posts: 36

    This already happens in the City. You probably live in the County Knolls, so you don't know much about living in the City. Remember don't believe everything you read

     
  • Mike Miller posted at 9:13 am on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    Mike Miller Posts: 17

    It might be a low blow but this is scrutiny in the pubic eye if he didn't want his dirty laundry aired he should not have run for political office.

     
  • Steve Salazar posted at 9:13 am on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 869

    The day big oil buys the election of the Mayor of Santa Fe, I expect to see a big rock fall from the sky, smashing down the entire Earth.

     
  • Donado Coviello posted at 8:57 am on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    Cove Posts: 336

    Again I ask, What difference does it make if its BIG Labor or BIG Oil buying BIG Government? Patti may not be BIG Labor but she is BIGGGG Government and favors a little little tittle private sector.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:56 am on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1662

    'Cause it's a bad thing when potholes get fixed, burglars get arrested, and the garbage is picked up?

     
  • Joe Montoya posted at 8:56 am on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    Joe_Montoya Posts: 77

    All this special interest money on behalf of one candidate is scary to say the least! Regardless if the particular candidate has avowed he is not interested in their money it has created an unfair playing field for the other candidates. The old Spanish saying that "El que da bien vende y el que recibe lo entiende" should make voters think extra hard as to whom they want as their next Mayor.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:53 am on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1662

    I don't need to go to one of these forums to sit amongst Javier's toadies and sycophants to see that he's bought and paid for.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:51 am on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1662

    "What difference does it make if its BIG Labor or BIG Oil buying BIG Government?"

    Well, I'd prefer a candidate that hasn't been bought by either. A candidate with the best interests of all Santa Feans in mind would be nice. Instead, we'll get the sell-out mayor we deserve. Four more years with lackluster job growth and negligible economic improvement. And if Jon Hendry's "My View" piece from a few weeks ago is any indicator, we can look forward to lots of new taxes to pay.

     
  • Jack Rush posted at 8:49 am on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    SFWatcher Posts: 57

    Cheap shot Mike Miller about Mr. Gonzales family life but then again that's what some of you are all about and its a reflection on your candidate with supporters like you who needs enemies...

     
  • Staci Benni posted at 8:40 am on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    Sta Benni Posts: 170

    You got it, Mike. And the PACs as well as Gonzales are distorting Bushee's record. They take a vote in which Bushee has voted against the proposal on a procedural issue and make it ou as if she was against the concept totally. For example, she voted no on a parks measure in 2009 because there were projects on the list that had not been vetted and approved.. ANd exactly what has Javier done fro working families re: minimum wage? I could find nothing during his term as county commissoner or as head of the Democratic Party showing this effort. What I saw his approval of two large golden parachute termination agreements including with Manny Aragon who is reuted to be Javier's relation.
    How can Javier promise that his appointments will be based on merit when he never refers to his record but only to those he knows? Vote PAC-less!

     
  • Steve Salazar posted at 8:39 am on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 869

    What's the big deal, the Koch brothers aren't spending money on him, it's good old democrats.

     
  • John Leland posted at 8:33 am on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    Leland1234 Posts: 36

    Knolls, have you been to any debates? Have you met any of the candidates?

     
  • John Leland posted at 8:33 am on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    Leland1234 Posts: 36

    Have you been to any of his debates or forums? Have you ever talked with him or do you know him? I think you should meet him and voice your concerns and see what he can offer as our next Mayor.

     
  • Donado Coviello posted at 8:25 am on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    Cove Posts: 336

    What difference does it make if its BIG Labor or BIG Oil buying BIG Government?

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:20 am on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1662

    Gonzales tells us that he has "earned the right to public financing and embraced the spirit of it like no other candidate.” I guess he doesn't understand that his buddies at these PACs and unions are making him look like a hypocrite. The "spirit" of public financing is far removed from any campaign that is benefiting from PAC money that matches the public's investment nearly dollar for dollar.

     
  • Mike Miller posted at 8:18 am on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    Mike Miller Posts: 17

    How can anyone believe Javier Gonzales. He is a proven liar if he is able to lie to his wife and kids for years what makes anyone think he is telling the truth about these PACS. His campaign headquarters is in the same space as these PACS.

     
  • John Leland posted at 8:18 am on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    Leland1234 Posts: 36

    Yes lets throw our vote away and vote for Dimas! Dimas is garbage and so are his group of cronies who roam around this City cementing his face EVERYWHERE. I definitely think voting for Dimas is a mistake, he has filed for bankruptcy and the only thing he offers is to improve streets! LMAO

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:16 am on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1662

    Javier's paid supporters don't like it when people tell the truth about what a mockery these PACs are making of the public financing law. What are these PACs and unions really buying throwing all this big money around?

     
  • Eric Lucero posted at 7:31 am on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    EDOGGY Posts: 18

    Mr. Rush, why you so upset about a reporter telling the truth? Why bash him? It hits very hard because these candidates vowed they would run and utilize only the public funds given them. It is sad we cannot trust Gonzales to do the same and might give you an idea of how the city will be run if he were to win. Vote for Bill Dimas as he is genuine, honest and has the utmost integrity. Can't say the same for Gonzales can we?

     
  • Jack Rush posted at 4:51 am on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    SFWatcher Posts: 57

    Shame on you Daniel Chacon for attempting to frame this election about PACs. Mr. Gonzales has disavowed these PACs and asked them to stand down as stated numerous times. Such a hard hitting reporter. Was it embarrassing that day at city hall during early voting when a senior citizen told you you should be ashamed? You jumped back like a scared cat. No Pulitzer here Chacon just a bad taste in the mouth of voters from your attempt to make news as opposed to reporting it.

     
  • Thomas Carlson posted at 2:30 am on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    Thomas Carlson Posts: 56

    Hmm... Santa Fe Working Families, are they in any way related to Gary Bauer's Campaign for Working Families? It would be the kiss of death for anyone to be "supported" by that pro-corporatist, anti-gay group in Santa Fe. I can see why Gonzales is running away from them as fast as he can.

     
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