Friday, July 08, 2005

NM GOP/Winter Look Silly With E-Mail Story

If there ever was a ridiculous, internal campaign story that doesn’t matter one iota to the voting public it is the story that ran for a few days in the Albuquerque Journal about the Sate GOP complaining that Mayor Martin Chavez’s campaign may have found a way to get the Republican’s email list. See "GOP Fear Database Breached" (link) Apparently, Republicans across the state are receiving emails from Chavez’s campaign, which in itself seems to be offensive to the State GOP and warrants a criminal investigation.

Whoa! Send in the National Guard! Maybe US Attorney David Iglesias should be brought in to prosecute the alleged copying-and-pasting of Republicans’ emails. . . .

Seriously, who cares? What’s next, allegations that Chavez is stealing Winter’s yard signs?

Chavez offered a completely plausible explanation for the fact that he has Republican emails—he has Republican supporters that are, presumably, on various republican lists and gave him those emails. The Republicans have offered no explanation and no reason to accuse Chavez other than he is emailing Republicans. Is that a crime? In the Albuquerque Journal articles, the State GOP seems to suggest that somehow there was hacking or breaking-in or something criminal involved, but no evidence was provided in public reports to substantiate that.

This represents the second attempt by the state GOP to attack Marty Chavez on behalf of City Councilor Brad Winter, who is also running for Mayor and is recipient of the State GOP’s support. The first being their attempt to defend Winter against recorded phone calls against Winter on the voter i.d. issue.

In an earlier post about Winter, I noted the fact that Mayor Chavez appears to really want to be Mayor and Winter seems to have been pushed into running by the State GOP and doesn’t really, really want the Mayor’s seat. Marty’s campaign effort, whether he lifted emails or not, looks more aggressive in these recent stories and Winter looks more and more like a whiner.

The NM GOP’s insistence on pursuing this story is hurting their candidate. They are further establishing the fact that Marty is an aggressive campaigner who seeks votes from members of all parties which, in turn, makes him look more independent and less tied to a Party. Meanwhile, the Republican Party’s effort to push this story hurts Winter’s moderate image and makes him look more and more like a pawn of the Republican Party. Maybe winter should stop complaining and show voters what he’s doing to draw votes from all political persuasions?

Better yet, Brad Winter might consider asking “experts” at the State GOP to stay out of his race.

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