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May 5, 2014
Martinez touts endorsement of 1960’s-era drug dealing felon pardoned by Richardson just week after attacking Dems for taking donations from former 60’s ‘radical’ Mark Rudd
Albuquerque – The campaign of Governor Susana Martinez happily announced the endorsement of Gallup Mayor Jackie McKinney last week. But ProgressNowNM has found that McKinney’s personal history almost mirrors that of former radical Mark Rudd whom the national GOP and Martinez campaign attacked for his forty year old criminal history.
Public records (see below) show that McKinney was convicted of felony drug charges in 1969 (Case No. CR 1969-3413) and later pardoned by Governor Bill Richardson in 2010 (hat tip to Peter St. Cyr’s original 2010 report).
Like McKinney, Rudd was charged in the 1960s for his involvement in Vietnam-era protests. Also like McKinney, Rudd was convicted, completed his obligation and has avoided any further criminal history. But the Republican Governors Association (RGA) blasted the association with Rudd as “deeply disturbing.”
We reached McKinney by phone Monday afternoon. Listen as he explains that the Martinez campaign was aware of his 1960s felony, but were unconcerned with things that happened 50 years ago.
In her campaign and as the state’s chief executive, Martinez has taken a hard line against drug offenders and offenses and ran against Richardson’s record.
“The governor’s campaign spent all of last week preaching against Democrats who associated with 1960s-era criminals, now this week they wrap their arms around their own – and this one pardoned by the man they most love to hate,” says ProgressNowNM’s Patrick Davis.
“The hypocrisy here is palpable. I wonder if the governor’s campaign will be as quick to denounce McKinney as they were to demand Democrats run from Rudd.”