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Posted: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 7:10 pm | Updated: 7:33 am, Thu May 15, 2014.

Rep. Miguel Garcia, D-Albuquerque, on Wednesday apologized to two legislative candidates he had disparaged earlier this week in an email to some legislative colleagues.

Garcia’s email to other state Democratic leaders about legislative primary races in Valencia County said, “A minority of unsuspecting Democratic leaders are supporting the Democratic Anglo newcomer opponents in [Andrew Barreras’] and [Frank Otero’s] primary races. Anglo Democrats with egos as big as Texas, mouths as big as the Grand Canyon, and much ‘green’ [moolah] from the east and the west coast.”

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9 comments:

  • Dr. Michael Johnson posted at 9:36 am on Fri, May 16, 2014.

    Mike Johnson PhD Posts: 24

    It appears since this email was sent to party leaders and not intended for the "press" , as he put it, that nothing would have been said by those party leaders, who probably get ones like this frequently, unless it gets leaked. So Kenny Martinez and Egolf feigning outrage about it is totally unbelievable and not credible. They probably encourage this sort of thing I suspect, that is where this ethnic superiority culture comes from in NM.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:59 am on Fri, May 16, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1670

    Telling other state Democratic leaders that supporting Democrat Anglo newcomers over Hispanic Democrats is treachery is a little bit more racially divisive than just referring to someone as an Anglo.

    Describing the candidates as "Anglo Democrats with egos as big as Texas, mouths as big as the Grand Canyon, and much ‘green’ mulah from the east and the west coast" is a little bit more racially divisive than just pointing out who's Anglo and who's Hispanic.

    [wink]

     
  • Staci Benni posted at 6:23 am on Fri, May 16, 2014.

    Sta Benni Posts: 172

    i respected Rep Garcia but no more. His email indicates the "us" v "them" mentality that prevails in this state to everyone's detriment. Being a native of NM IMO is not a qualification for office--in fact, maybe it makes one too parochial.
    I expected more from Rep Garcia as I did from Keith Gardner--both are disappointments and should resign.

     
  • Khal Spencer posted at 4:40 pm on Thu, May 15, 2014.

    Khal Spencer Posts: 418

    During the last gubernatorial election, someone wanted to get my signature and dollar bill by branding then-candidate Martinez as an out of towner, i.e., a Tejana, or whatever the word was. I found that somewhat offensive and let the person know I thought he was full of (*) in no polite terms.

    Let's cast our ballots on people's qualities and records, not where they were raised. If someone knows enough about New Mexico to be a credible candidate, who cares if they just got off the boat from elsewhere?

    From NYS anglo who got here via a long stint in Hawaii,
    Khal

     
  • Mel Hayes posted at 1:51 pm on Thu, May 15, 2014.

    Hobson Posts: 117

    [thumbup]

     
  • Mateo Frazier posted at 10:46 am on Thu, May 15, 2014.

    Nuevosoul Posts: 1

    Au Contraire! At least he has the sand to apologize. Still waiting on Martinez's apology......

     
  • W Ben Bransford posted at 9:43 am on Thu, May 15, 2014.

    benatwork Posts: 7

    Those feelings did not come from nowhere. What one says initially comes from the heart.

     
  • Rick Dumiak posted at 9:40 am on Thu, May 15, 2014.

    CaptRick Posts: 35

    Rep. Garcia should resign his position. He spoke his mind and that type of a mind has no business representing anyone.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:59 am on Thu, May 15, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1670

    Is Rep. Miguel Garcia sorry he made the comment, or is he just sorry that one of his cronies tattled on him and leaked his comments to the public?

     

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