Sierra Club endorsement ignites war of words

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    City Councilor and mayoral candidate Patti Bushee, left, said the Sierra Club’s endorsement of Javier Gonzales, right, was an ‘undeserved Christmas gift.’ Gonzales responded that Bushee has gone from ‘green to brown as she slings mud.’ New Mexican file photos

Posted: Monday, December 30, 2013 6:25 pm

The Sierra Club landed in the middle of a toxic feud between political rivals Patti Bushee and Javier Gonzales last week after the environmental organization announced it was endorsing Gonzales over Bushee in the Santa Fe mayor’s race.

“I personally have been doing endorsements for 15 years, and I’ve never experienced such strong emotions or have seen such reactions,” Susan Martin, political chairwoman of the Sierra Club Northern New Mexico Group, said Monday.

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  • Rod Oldehoeft posted at 9:21 pm on Sat, Jan 4, 2014.

    Leading Edge Boomer Posts: 29

    If there were a line on the ballot for "None Of The Above" that, if carried, would require another election without the current candidates, it would be a really interesting option.

    Rod Oldehoeft

  • Mary Bonney posted at 7:30 am on Thu, Jan 2, 2014.

    mary b Posts: 83

    Thank you for the shout out beninato! You can read about all the issues I care about at marybonneysantafe.com. happy new year :)

  • Staci Benni posted at 5:41 am on Thu, Jan 2, 2014.

    Sta Benni Posts: 281

    Mary Why not let people know that you are running as a candidate fo city council in Dist 2? Why not let them know that you were asked to run by Rebecca Wurzburger and that you are a one issue candidate wanting to promote art--like Wurzburger has done for years and that Javier wants to repeat?

  • Mary Bonney posted at 6:22 pm on Tue, Dec 31, 2013.

    mary b Posts: 83

    What would have been impressive, instead of her current reaction, would have been something along the lines of "I would like to thank the Sierra Club for many years of support, and respect their endorsement of my opponent".

  • Nena Roberts posted at 4:49 pm on Tue, Dec 31, 2013.

    Nena Posts: 34

    Well said.

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 1:35 pm on Tue, Dec 31, 2013.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 3245

    I think it's safe to assume that you don't know how things work in Santa Fe's municipal government.

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 10:59 am on Tue, Dec 31, 2013.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 3245

    Vote for anybody but Bushee or Gonzales, that's obviously the only way to go.

  • Dominic Montoya posted at 9:25 am on Tue, Dec 31, 2013.

    Dominic Montoya Posts: 158

    Amazing that Patti Bushee still has so much support in this city. Look at her reaction to the news of this endorsement folks. She acts like a spoiled child when things do not go her way. If she wants to point out records, then why don't we take a look at hers? She has been on the City Council since I was a child. What has she done to solve the problems Santa Fe is facing right now? She has had her chance to make this city a better place to raise a family, and has failed miserably. It's time for a change in leadership. I'm not so sure Gonzales or Dimas is the answer, but I do know that Bushee is definitely not the leader Santa Fe needs right now.

  • Jane Kadlubek posted at 9:17 am on Tue, Dec 31, 2013.

    JKadlubek Posts: 19

    this is exactly right. nicely put Nena.

  • Tim R. Herrera posted at 8:57 am on Tue, Dec 31, 2013.

    timrherrera Posts: 32

    Ms. Dickinson, this is my real name/I.D. and I stand by my views and comments 100%, as I am sure that you stand by yours. I am simply giving an example of the past actions of an individual who looked out for the personal financial gain of his family, disregarding the individuals whom this cell tower affected and who have to live by this illegal thing for the rest of their lives. The old adage of, "you can't see it from my house" was practiced by Javier. Once again it is my personal opinion. I too wish you Peace and Happiness in 2014. Best of Luck to the City of Santa Fe in this election.

  • Steve Salazar posted at 8:50 am on Tue, Dec 31, 2013.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 1935

    City Hall isn't Congress, there are no shady votes in the dead of night, they are all in the open.

  • Kamiebear posted at 8:42 am on Tue, Dec 31, 2013.

    Kamiebear Posts: 1

  • Jane Dickenson posted at 8:22 am on Tue, Dec 31, 2013.

    JaneDickenson Posts: 13

    Bravo Sierra Club! Bravo Javier!

  • Jane Dickenson posted at 8:20 am on Tue, Dec 31, 2013.

    JaneDickenson Posts: 13

    Mr Herrera, as a self implied "theologian" and "prophet" I'm sure you know that as an "expert on God" such as yourself, that He knows all and sees all, even the real ID of those who post comments like yours. May you find peace and happiness in the upcoming New Year.

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:14 am on Tue, Dec 31, 2013.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 3245

    Is it safe to assume that one or another of Santa Fe's municipal unions just recently made a large "contribution" to the Sierra Club, probably in cash?

  • Steve Bishop posted at 7:27 am on Tue, Dec 31, 2013.

    BigTex Posts: 3

    Who's going after the NRA endorsement? That's the one I'm voting for! There is no Constitutional Amendment for "tree hugging"!

  • Nena Roberts posted at 7:25 am on Tue, Dec 31, 2013.

    Nena Posts: 34

    Ms. Bushee,
    Your words reflect your character. Saying Sierra's endorsement of Gonzales was an "undeserved Christmas gift" sounds very Jr. HIgh and unprofessional. That comment alone proves the Sierra Club made the right decision. Being a leader is more than knowing and supporting issues, it's about character.

  • Staci Benni posted at 7:14 am on Tue, Dec 31, 2013.

    Sta Benni Posts: 281

    IT sounds like the Sierra Club process is less than transparent. It also sounds like the committee did not give much wieght to past actions but was listening to a line of bs. It also makes it seems that Ms Bushee did not lead while on the council. That is correct. She was marginalized and treated like crap by many of the curent and former members. Yet she was able to get some important legislation passed...who is the better leader? IMO not the one backed by the unions or the Democratic hierarchy.


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