Posts Tagged ‘Darren White’

Martin Heinrich Blew It

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

A lot of last night’s televised debate on KOB-TV between former City Councilor Martin Heinrich and Bernalillo County Sheriff Darren White for the 1st Congressional covered familiar ground and campaign tazlking points. However, Darren White hammered one point home that will really hurt Martin Heinrich going into this final stretch of the election.

Darren truthly pointed out over and over again that Martin Heinrich was the only candidate running for federal office in New Mexico who did not state a position on the bailout when questioned by the Albuquerque Journal.

Martin Heinrich Democrat Did not say if he would have voted for or against bill, but criticized it.

This fact, more than any other, demonstrates that Martin Heinrich is not ready to represent us in Congress. The biggest economic crisis to face our country since the Great Depression, and Heinrich dodges the question by refusing to take a position – UNACCEPTABLE.

Dead Heat is Bad News for Heinrich

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

That statistical dead heat in the 1st Congressional District race is bad news for Martin Heinrich (subscription):

The 1st Congressional District race is a close one, with Republican Darren White and Democrat Martin Heinrich running nearly even for the open seat, a Journal Poll found.

In interviews with likely voters, Heinrich, a former Albuquerque city councilor, was two points ahead of White, the Bernalillo County sheriff.

Heinrich was backed by 43 percent of the registered, likely voters in the 1st Congressional District survey. White had 41 percent. Sixteen percent were undecided.

The survey was conducted Sept. 29-Oct. 2 and has a margin of error of 4.9 percentage points plus or minus. Heinrich’s 2-point edge over White wasn’t statistically significant, said Brian Sanderoff, president of Research & Polling Inc. in Albuquerque, which conducted the poll.

I’m not going to sugarcoat it. Republicans have an uphill battle this year for a variety of reasons. We all know that. Although I admit I’m confused as to how some folks can be enamored of a change to Democratic control. After all, the Democrats won Congress two years ago on a platform of change, and look how well that has worked out for all of us.

Anyway, back to the poll. Heinrich has more money than White, and based on Democratic performance in mid-term elections in Republican strongholds across the country, Heinrich should be sweeping Darren White in the polls, but he is not.

Disclaimer stuff: In case you missed the previous disclaimers, I’m a big White supporter.

Why Not Just Provide a Complete Correction?

Friday, September 26th, 2008

More and more people everyday get their news from blogs. The argument has been made that blogs don’t do as good of a job of presenting the news as the mainstream media. Now, in a lot of cases, I would agree with that. For example, I’ve never pretended to be a reporter. In fact, I go out of my way to make it clear that everything written here is my opinion, albeit based on the facts as I see them.

With all that said, there is one place where a great many blogs clearly outperform the mainstream media – correcting mistakes. Let me give you one example. Yesterday, I wrote about an article published a little over a year ago in the Albuquerque Journal in which they incorrectly reported that Republican candidate for the 1st Congressional District, Darren White, attended a Department of Justice meeting during the 2006 election cycle regarding the inaction by then U.S. Attorney David Iglesias in prosecuting voter fraud cases.

I also pointed out that if either his opponent, Democrat Martin Heinrich or, his alter ego, the DCCC, tried to use that information in an ad, they would be continuing Heinrich’s track record of misrepresenting the facts. I was confident in making this statement because I had looked up the article in question [subscription] and noted that a correction had been added to the article on the Journal’s website:

FOR THE RECORD: This story has been corrected to reflect that Bernalillo County Sheriff Darren White met with Kyle Sampson, chief of staff for U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, in Washington in 2005 — not in 2006.

I thought that was that until I got an email from Darren White’s campaign with a little more information. They sent me a copy of an email they received from Journal editor Ken Walz [Note: I edited the email to remove “>” that were appearing before each line and so the paragraph formatting may be a little off, but other than that it remains unedited]:

—— Original Message ——–
Subject:
[Fwd: Re: white]
Date:
Wed, 27 Aug 2008 17:01:00 -0600
From:
Kent Walz
To: dwhite@bernco.gov, Mike Gallagher

Sheriff White:

I have reviewed our David Iglesias stories with investigative reporter Mike Gallagher. It appears that in a story published April 15, 2007, we incorrectly placed you in a convesation with Kyle Sampson of DOJ during a meeting in the spring of 2006. We reported that you complained to Sampson about Iglesias and that Sampson produced statistics showing Iglesias was doing a good job.

In fact, based on other reporting, it appears to us the participants in that conversation with Sampson were Pat Rogers and Mickey Barnett and that you were not present.

Your met with Sampson in 2005 on a different topic, although Iglesi as came up during casual discussion. We have no information that you registered complaints about Iglesias during that meeting.

We did interview you for the story published in April of 2007, and you commented on other matters involving direct dealings between Iglesias and youir office. We no longer have notes from this period, so we cannot cite to additional specifics.

Kent Walz

cc: Mike Gallagher

And, herein lays the problem. This emails verifies that the content of the story is dramatically changed. It’s more than just the incorrect usage of dates. So, in the interest of setting the record straight, shouldn’t the Journal have prefaced the online archived version of the article with the entire letter above? There is nothing wrong with making a mistake. It happens to everyone, but not fully correcting the mistake, that’s just wrong.

The Albuquerque Journal needs to take a page here from bloggers and keep in mind that in online postings, there is no cost per inch factor. So, there is no reason not to provide a full and complete correction. It keeps everyone honest. The good news is that it’s not too late. All they need to do is go back to the article and put it up now.

Waiting for the Iglesias’s Ad

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Joel Gay put up an article today in which he acknowledges the fireworks have begun in the 1st Congressional District race between Darren White and Martin Heinrich. And, by fireworks he means the negative ads.

If you think the race for New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District seems quieter than anticipated, you’re not alone. What was widely expected to be a barn-burner has largely been a snoozer. The candidates have kept relatively low profiles and the airwaves have been largely devoid of their names and faces.

That’s started to change, with Republican Darren White and Democrat Martin Heinrich trading blows over debate schedules, resumes and flip-flops on various policies. And just this week, White came out with the first negative ad.

Hmm, Joel, you might want to go back and review the ad releases dates. I’m pretty sure that Mr. Heinrich beat Darren in the “first negative ad” category. There was that embarrassingly cheesy hit piece that Mr. Heinrich put out a couple of weeks ago, and there was at least on other one before that. Although, on second thought that first ad I’m recalling may have been paid for by the DCCC, which I’m sure has nothing to do with the Heinrich campaign – just like Martin Heinrich didn’t really need to register as a lobbyist when he was lobbying.

But, I will agree with your assessment that the negative ads are going to start to fly now from both camps. In fact, I couldn’t help but notice that David Iglesias was back in the news:

“Looking back on all of this, in hindsight, I wish the department had not gone down this road,” he said. He said he would not have included on the dismissal list U.S. Attorney David Iglesias of New Mexico, who has said he was pressured over a corruption investigation.

Of course, we all know that the “pressure” that David Iglesias received was not over a corruption investigation (he would have been required to report that – kind of the requirement to report you’re a lobbyist], but the pressure was about his unwillingness to prosecute ACORN’s fraudulent voter registration election cycle after election cycle.

You probably have noticed the result of Mr. Iglesias ongoing failure to prosecute has embolden the organization. ACORN is now acting in such a fraudulently criminal manner that even the Democratic Bernalillo County Clerk has had to call in to question their practices – something Mr. Iglesias never had the stomach for.

Such is the situation for Bernalillo County, which reported, the day before Obama’s Española rally, that it had received 1,100 fraudulent voter-registration cards. While there is no information, yet, on where those cards came from, Matthew Henderson, ACORN’s New Mexico head organizer, acknowledges some could have come from his group. ACORN, he says, has registered 75,000 New Mexicans during this election cycle. While the group separates suspect forms into a separate stack, he says, it’s ultimately up to county clerks to decide which are valid.

In the case of Bernalillo, County Clerk Maggie Toulouse-Oliver notified the district attorney, Attorney General and US Attorney Offices about the bogus voter-registration cards. “If they want to conduct an investigation,” she says, “that’s their prerogative.”

Now, I’ve got a prediction. I’m willing to bet that Heinrich’s campaign (or it’s alter ego, the DCCC) will put out an ad trying to link Darren White to David Iglesias as Election Day gets closer. Heck, they’ll probably even use an article the Albuquerque Journal published on April 15, 2007, which places Darren White at a meeting with the Department of Justice during the 2006 election cycle. Of course, there would be one problem with that tactic

FOR THE RECORD: This story has been corrected to reflect that Bernalillo County Sheriff Darren White met with Kyle Sampson, chief of staff for U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, in Washington in 2005 — not in 2006.

Now, if I know the record has been corrected, we know that Martin Heinrich and his alter ego the DCCC know that it’s been corrected. The question is will they let the truth get in their way? You know, like the truth about needing to register as a lobbyist when you’re lobbying.


First Cheesy Commercial Award Goes to Heinrich

Monday, September 15th, 2008

Democratic Congressional candidate Martin Heinrich pulls way ahead of all other federal candidates in the state in the race to put out the cheesiest campaign commercial.

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Martin Heinrich looks surprisingly awkward and ill at ease on camera, and the production value is so weak, that I half expected him to finish by saying, “I’m Martin Heinrich and I’ll paint any car for $99.” Unfortunately, for Mr. Heinrich it’s not just the quality of the spot that fails. The content misses the mark by a long shot.

George Bush and Darren White’s energy policies are a drag on America’s economy. Tax breaks for big oil, and record gas prices are holding America back.

Does Mr. Heinrich even know who he is running against? Darren White, is the two-term Bernalillo County sheriff. The idea that Darren White has anything to do with energy policy in Washington is, well, ludicrous. According to the National Sheriffs’ Association, there are 3,084 sheriff’s offices in the U.S. as of September 1, 2007.

I find it hard to believe that Mr. Heinrich actually expect the voting public to believe that the President of the United States (or anyone else for that matter) asks those 3,ooo plus sheriffs to weigh in on national energy policies before making a decision. Homeland security, crime, jails… those would make sense, but national energy policy? That’s kind of reaching, don’t you think?

Go ahead and watch the commercial Mr. Heinrich is running again. Then watch the commercial Sheriff Darren White has on the air.

Who would you rather have representing you in Washington?

[Full disclosure: I’m a financial contributor to Darren White’s campaign. And, comparing how the two candidates are representing themselves, just confirms that I’ve made the correct decision. In fact, if I had donated money to the Heinrich campaign, I might be calling them right now at 505-244-0022, to ask that my money be used for something other than the cheesy commercials.]

Lefty Sheriff Supports Heinrich. Big Surprise

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Sheriff Greg Solano has a blog. A blog I’ve noted before that he is keeping alive during his run to be the Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor in 2010. A blog that proudly carries a “leftyblog” and a “True Blue New Mexico” badge. So, is it any surprise that Sheriff Solano has decided to support Martin Heinrich for Congress? No. The sheriff is a partisan politician. I’ve got no problem with partisan politics – obviously.

What I do have a problem with is the fact that Sheriff Solano refuses to state the obvious. Solano should have said, “As a Democratic politician with higher ambitions, I’m proud to fall in step with my party and support the Democratic candidate for Congress – Martin Heinrich.”

Instead, Solano wrote this on his blog:

The really bad part is I have never heard Sheriff White admonish the Bush administration or even lobby the Bush administration to stop the bleeding. Officers across this nation are going with out Bullet Proof Vests, without ammunition for training and with out funding to keep cops on the streets and in the schools. I would love to see a fellow Law Enforcement Officer in Congress, Darren White is just not that officer.

Think about that rationale for a minute. Sheriff Solano is actually on record blaming the federal government for not providing bullet proof vests, amunition, training and funding to keep local law enforcement on the streets and in the schools. This is a guy who is running for Lt. Governor and who is supporting Martin Heinrich for Congress because Martin Heinrich will… What? Martin Heinrich will support the federalization of local law enforcement? Now, there is a scary thought.

I, for one, do not want a national police force only accountable to Washington insiders. Make no mistake, if Sheriff Solano, and apparently Martin Heinrich, had their way, that is exactly what we would have a federally funded, federally run police force. I don’t care which side of the aisle you are on that doesn’t make any sense. There are only two possible results of a movement in that direction, and neither is particularly palapable to me – a facist or communist regime.

Local governments collect taxes. One of the primary purposes of those taxes should be to support law enforcement. As a Sheriff, you would think Solano would know that. As a former City Councilor, you would think Martin Heinrich would know that. Yet, they believe that the reason local law enforcement doesn’t have the resources they need is because the federal government is not providing the funds? That’s ridiculous.

Valencia County Sheriff Endorses Martin Heinrich

Monday, August 25th, 2008

The Democratic candidate for New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District, Martin Heinrich, proudly exclaims on his website that he has garnered the support of three of the four sheriff’s that make up the district – the fourth being his opponent, Sheriff Darren White.

I thought it might be interesting to take a closer look at why these particular sheriffs might choose to support Martin Heinrich over Darren White. Today, we’ll start with Valencia County Sheriff, Rene Rivera, and Rivera’s stated reason for supporting Martin Heinrich:

Valencia County Sheriff Rene Rivera appeared Saturday at a Valencia County welcoming event for Martin Heinrich. In his endorsement, Sheriff Rivera said, “I’ve been in law enforcement for over 19 years fighting against crime and drugs. Martin Heinrich was tough on crime on the Council, and I know he’s the right partner in Congress to help keep our streets safe. That’s why I’m endorsing him.”

Since I’m not a Valencia County resident, I don’t know much about Sheriff Rivera’s crime fighting record over the last 19 years, but when it comes to being tough on DWI’s, his record is, well, less than impressive:

[Valencia County sheriff’s deputy] Duran has been arrested on DWI charges twice before, according to Belen Magistrate Court records. In 2003, Duran was charged with DWI and speeding but pleaded guilty to resisting an officer and reckless driving, and the other charges were dismissed. In 2004, he was charged with aggravated DWI causing bodily injury, and the charge was dismissed without prejudice.

[Valencia County Sheriff] Rivera said he knew when he hired Duran, a former State Police and Socorro police officer, that he had a prior DWI charge. However, he said Duran was hired because he had never been convicted.

One thing most voters can agree on is that number of repeat DWI offenders allowed on our roads has got to stop. Yet, Sheriff Rivera, not only doesn’t seem to be bothered by the problem, he is willing to look the other way and give a two time offender a badge. And, apparently, Martin Heinrich must agree with him because Heinrich’s proud to accept Sheriff Rivera’s endorsement.

It is worth noting Sheriff Darren White’s record on DWI enforcement:

Sheriff White has also made preventing and reducing DWI a top priority in Bernalillo County. In addition to being an outspoken advocate for harsher penalties, under his leadership, the Department has undertaken aggressive DWI enforcement operations.

So, on the one hand we have a law and order candidate for Congress, Sheriff Darren White, an on the other, we have a candidate, Martin Heinrich, who happily accepts the endorsement of a Sheriff who seems to believe that the solution to the DWI problem is to give repeat offenders a job as a deputy.

Tomorrow, we’ll look at another one of the Sheriff’s who supports Heinrich.

Since When is $13,000 Staggering?

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

In support of the eco-terrorists favorite candidate, Martin Heinrich, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has launched a radio attack in the 1st Congressional race against the law and order candidate, Darren White (hat tip: Heath Haussaman).

This segment from the radio spot that had me rolling on the floor:

Darren White has raised $13,000 from big oil interests, and he is asking us to believe he is going to solve the energy crunch? Martin Heinrich has a different approach.

Since when is $13,000 considered a staggering amount? A quick review at the FEC site shows that, Sheriff Darren White had raised $906,062.69 through June 30, 2008 – basically 1.4% of his total contributions. Now, in the name of full disclosure, I should point out that I’ve personally given $2,300 to Darren White’s campaign – basically .25% of his total contributions.

Compare my own personal annual gross revenues (in the six figures in a good year) with the hundreds of billions of dollars in annual revenue by the Oil & Gas industry in an average year. So, I guess with all things equal, my contribution is the truly staggering amount.

Now, we know that Martin Heinrich’s “different approach” to the energy crisis involves embracing the advocates of monkeywrenching. And, we know that the oil industry accounts for about 1% of Darren White’s overall fundraising. You tell me which candidate is better suited for Congress.

Debate Brings Character Flaw to Light

Monday, January 28th, 2008

I had wanted to see the first debate between the Republican candidates for the 1st Congressional District, Bernalillo County Sheriff Darren White and State Senator Joe Carraro, but both my kids had early basketball games and politics takes a backseat to family commitments.

Based on news reports, it looks like the most controversial part of the debate occurred before the candidates ever took the stage:

A Republican candidate for Congress objected publicly Saturday when the organizer of a county GOP forum that he and another Republican congressional candidate attended was closed to the media.

“It’s a public meeting between two candidates for public office in a public place and it’s closed to the media. What are you afraid of?” State Sen. Joe Carraro, who is seeking the GOP nomination in the 1st District, said after the meeting. “It needs to be transparent. We need to not go behind closed doors.”

The Republican Party of Bernalillo County sponsored the meeting, which was attended mostly by GOP volunteers and activists and was held at an Albuquerque restaurant.

Ok, normally I would be the first one to agree that all debates by candidates for public office should be open. But, here is the thing. According to the meeting organizer, former State Representative Rory Ogle, both candidates agreed to a “no press” rule:

Ogle said he talked personally with Carraro and White about the rules ahead of time. Carraro denied that he agreed to closing the meeting ahead of time.

Sorry Senator Carraro you’re lacking a bit of credibility here. I personally know all three parties involved and only the Senator’s story rings untrue. If Senator Carraro had truly objected to the closed meeting ahead of time, he had ample opportunity to raise that objection long before that meeting took place.

Instead, he waited until the morning of the event to try and leverage some earned media by playing the part of the injured party and defender of open government. The problem is that no one is going to believe that Sheriff Darren White, a former news reporter who has never shied away from a little camera time, was personally against press attending the event. Plus, meeting organizer, Rory Ogle, had absolutely no reason to lie.

Senator Carraro’s antics leave much to be desired and raise serious ethical questions regarding his personal integrity and character.

Disclaimer: I have made a financial contribution to Darren White’s campaign.