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.