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Posted: Monday, July 22, 2013 11:15 pm | Updated: 11:23 pm, Mon Jul 22, 2013.

Oh, for the days when campaigning for mayor of Santa Fe didn’t start at least until after Labor Day.

Those were times when citizens didn’t exactly know who was running (or care much) during the summer. After Fiesta was time enough to worry about politics. Not so today. Voters already are being telephoned by candidates seeking to shape the issues and the race, with the spring campaign for mayor intruding in daily life before July has run its course.

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15 comments:

  • John Parker posted at 11:43 am on Thu, Jul 25, 2013.

    John Parker Posts: 25

    Ms. Russel,


    I do not wish to play out a back and forth with you over the New Mexican's comments section. I just wish to express to you my deep disappointment in the fact that the New Mexican would allow for one of its journalists to so blatantly abuse their platform to influence the public at large. You are a journalist, and I am sure you recognize the fact that polling is a part of the process. They are currently being conducted in more than one campaign, and are being run by citizens trying to identify the candidate who best represents their needs. The fact that this ONE poll was isolated and reported on, on the heels of an article detailing the "growing support" of Gonzales is poor journalism at it's best, or a complete lack of ethics at it's worst. Julie Anne's explanation is invalid because the profile that she has friended is not an official profile. It is a draft campaign put together by individuals representing local unions. Julie Anne' article and editorial are insulting because it appears that she has abused her position to extend that campaign.The New Mexican is supposed to present unbiased information, and this is anything but. Santa Fean's deserve a higher standard of reporting.

     
  • John Parker posted at 11:08 am on Thu, Jul 25, 2013.

    John Parker Posts: 25

    Information posted on that profile, and all candidate Facebook pages, are available for the public to view. Julie Ann did not need to "like" or "add" that profile for journalistic purposes; specifically because it opens her up this kind of scrutiny. She made a conscious decision to add the Draft Javier profile. I don't see you Inez, or any other credible journalist, as a friend of that profile. It is called a FAN PAGE. It is designed for FANS to express support. Poor excuses only compound mistakes. Santa Feans, deserve an apology, and a reprimand of Ms. Grimm by the New Mexican.

     
  • InezRG posted at 10:15 am on Thu, Jul 25, 2013.

    InezRG Posts: 2

    Julia Ann Grimm posted a note that during the campaign she will be "friends" with all candidates and the web connection is not an endorsement. Reporters meet in cyberspace with many, many different politicians.

     
  • posted at 9:32 pm on Wed, Jul 24, 2013.

    Posts:

    I applaud all Roman has done for job creation....for family, friends and cronies!

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 11:08 am on Wed, Jul 24, 2013.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1180

    All I need to know about Gonzales is that he's the guy the unions want to replace Mayor Coss. This time around I sure would like a Mayor who supports the best interests of all the taxpayers, not just union cronies.

     
  • John Parker posted at 7:53 pm on Tue, Jul 23, 2013.

    John Parker Posts: 25

    Let me try that again... this time without omitting words [lol].


    Patti has a sizable, and very vocal contingent of supporters, who more than likely have begun polling and/or seeking public opinion. Yet, nothing has been written about any of that, and now it seems clear why. Because it wasn't questioning the coronation of The NEW Mexican's Son, Javier Gonzales.

     
  • John Parker posted at 7:26 pm on Tue, Jul 23, 2013.

    John Parker Posts: 25

    I double checked your work Lebowski, and you are absolutely right; Julie Ann Grimm is a friend of the draft Javier Gonzales campaign on Facebook. What a shame; and complete lack of journalistic integrity on Julie Ann's and The New Mexican's part.

    Patti has a sizable, and very vocal contingent of supporters, who more than likely have begun polling and/or seeking public opinion. Yet, nothing has been written about any of that, and now it seems clear why. Because it wasn't questioning coronation of The Mexican's Son, Javier Gonzales.

    The New Mexican has tied itself to a candidate who is not even in the race, has not worked actively in the community in recent years and has not even discussed any plan for improving the state of the City. What an absolute shame. I expect the attack dogs and pseudonymed cronies (even the Hometown News, which is operated by the Gonzales family) to throw their support behind their candidates, but for the most prominent newspaper in the City to do so is really just a sad commentary on where we are as a community. Santa Feans deserve better, and deserve an explanation from Ms. Grimm and her new editor Ray Rivera.

     
  • John Parker posted at 7:06 pm on Tue, Jul 23, 2013.

    John Parker Posts: 25

    Nick, Javier is a seasoned politician and would be an excellent candidate. I am also an active Democrat. That is precisely why I have reservations about Javier for Mayor. The Democratic Party of New Mexico squandered a golden opportunity, and blew a very sizable lead in the election for Governor under his stewardship. I am a very active Democrat, and I am quite aware of how disorganized the party was at the time of that failure.

    It is so early in the campaign (it hasn't really even started yet) and you seem to have chosen sides. I wonder, do you know what the other candidates stand for? Do you know what Javier's plans would be for economic development and government transparency as opposed to those of the other candidates? The answer to both questions is NO, because none of the candidates have had a chance to tell you yet. So, you are either an attack dog for Javier or an uniformed voter. If I had a choice between those two options, I'd rather be an attack dog. Blind support is just irresponsible. Don't salt your food before tasting for flavor my friend.

     
  • Nick Loretto posted at 6:32 pm on Tue, Jul 23, 2013.

    NIckL Posts: 2

    I'm not an "attack dog." I'm just an active dem, and I do support Javier for mayor. I saw him speak a few times last year and really liked his message. A "poll" is supposed to be unbiased. This was obviously meant to be more of an attack on Mr. Gonzales than an actual poll.

     
  • Jeff Lebowski posted at 5:12 pm on Tue, Jul 23, 2013.

    El Duderino Posts: 25

    Mr Parker, all valid points.

    I know from what I read and what I have seen and heard ( Santa Fe is a small town after all) over the past month that there are candidates in this race whom believe they are entitled to the position, whether they have declared or not.

    Word is that people in the campaigns of some of the other candidates were calling potential candidates and telling them not to run for fear of splitting the vote.

    " Politics is a contact sport", that quote most recently attributed to the President but probably very old. If these people ( I include all the candidates) want to run, they open themselves to the process. That process ( good or bad) includes untruths being made, backroom deals and all that goes with it. The candidates must hitch up their " big boy" pants ( no slight to Ms Bushee) and run.

    It seems that Mr Dimas' supporters believed he was a favored candidate, at least until rumor spread that Mr. Abeyta was considering a run. Now we have Mr. Gonzales and his possible candidacy. I do have issue in the way in which the New Mexican titled the article " Support builds for Gonzales to run for mayor". From a few days ago. Up until the article he was rumored to be considering the run and is still not a declared candidate. That coupled with the fact that the writer of the article Julie Ann Grimm is a member of the " Draft Javier Gonzales" Facebook page and has not responded to a request to explain why ( disclosure is good for the soul and especially important for a journalist).

    There is much intrigue here. Should the New Mexican continue their 'soft spin' on these stories and show at least a slight favoritism to a possible candidate and support it with editorials , they will lose what credibility they have. The responsibility of the Press is to report facts and serve as a watchdog. Not a drum beater for a candidate or a party.

     
  • John Parker posted at 12:19 pm on Tue, Jul 23, 2013.

    John Parker Posts: 25

    The Interesting question Lebowski is, who leaked word of the poll to the New Mexican? Undoubtedly it was the Gonzales camp. That was a good "volley" on their side to try and paint Abeyta as threatened. Politics is such an exciting spectator sport!

     
  • John Parker posted at 12:14 pm on Tue, Jul 23, 2013.

    John Parker Posts: 25

    Gentlemen please, polling is part of the political process. If anybody knows this it is the former Chairman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. The Mayor represents the will of the people. I would be scared if a candidate WASN'T soliciting opinions. Thomas and Nick, you are obviously attack dogs for Javier (another part of the process), but try to keep your emotions in check. Nobody knows who conducted the poll, and it doesn't sound like there was anything of a personal nature mentioned about Javier in it. Don't be naïve or reactionary. I'm sure supporters (or potential supporters) of other candidates are doing their own polling as well. What I really want to know is what the results of the poll were!

     
  • Jeff Lebowski posted at 12:09 pm on Tue, Jul 23, 2013.

    El Duderino Posts: 25

    Well its good to see the Gonzales camp posting. Mr. Gonzales had indeed done a good job and he should consider a run for Governor with his visibility statewide. Susanna is ripe for the picking and has done very little for job creation in this state. And take heart as the Santa Fe New Mexican seems to have already endorsed a possible candidate by the nature in which it defends him and showcases him above all the other candidates.

     
  • Nick Loretto posted at 11:29 am on Tue, Jul 23, 2013.

    NIckL Posts: 2

    What a cheap shot. Roman Abeyta has to resort to this dirty trick to attack another possible candidate without even stating his views or ideas. I want a mayor who actually stands up for what they believe in and has ideas, not one who has to run fake polls to find what to support!

     
  • Jeff Lebowski posted at 10:09 am on Tue, Jul 23, 2013.

    El Duderino Posts: 25

    Interesting take, maybe the first formal "volley" of campaign shots occurred when your paper showcased a possible candidate in an article and mentioned the other declared candidates to honorable mention status. Framing an election can be done by a local paper too, not just a poll. The months to come will be interesting for sure.

     
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