Las Vegas Biz Owner: Martinez campaign made up anti-Gary King statement from me

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The campaign for Susana Martinez is taking heat after they were caught misconstruing an editorial from the Santa Fe New Mexican and flat-out making up statements from business owners.

The Santa Fe New Mexican’s Milan Simonich reports in Sunday’s Ringside Seat column:

Juan Garcia and his dad, Pedro, own a busy bakery in Las Vegas, N.M…



The Garcias don’t talk about politics at their bakery, but they are proud, lifelong Republicans. Knowing this, Gov. Susana Martinez’s campaign staff asked Juan Garcia if he would publicly endorse her re-election bid.



He agreed, but now he says Martinez’s camp fabricated the quotes it attributed to him in an email distributed across the state.



Martinez’s campaign staff sent the news release last week, which it described as a statement from Juan Garcia. The comments were a double-barreled blast, praising Martinez and criticizing her opponent, Democrat Gary King…



Juan Garcia says he made supportive comments about the governor, though not in the words ascribed to him. But, he says, he did not criticize King and certainly never said anything about King raising taxes and killing small businesses.


“I wouldn’t even know that,” Juan Garcia, 29, said in an interview.



He was dismayed because Martinez’s campaign had put negative words in his mouth. Read the full story online here.

Simonich’s own paper has also found its own editorial piece mischaracterized by the campaign, adding a decidedly negative tone to an otherwise non-partisan analytical piece:

For instance, my colleague, New Mexican Editorial Page Editor Inez Russell Gomez, recently saw a partisan camp distort one of her pieces.

Of New Mexico’s campaign for governor, she wrote: “And, if the race is about King and his record, the governor will be the shoo-in for victory that many already think she is. Not because King really was the worst attorney general in history, but because anyone with a long record of service provides fodder for attack ads.”   The Republican Party of New Mexico used Russell Gomez’s first sentence in a handout slamming King. The GOP conveniently dropped the second part of what she wrote. Space must have been tight the day the party concocted its news release.


On a related note, the US Supreme Court (in an opinion written by conservative Justice Clarence Thomas) ruled today that the anti-abortion group, Susan B. Anthony List, can sue to force companies to publish lies about candidates.

ABQ voters remember the Susan B. Anthony List from their TV ads run during the recent Albuquerque 20-week abortion ban municipal election.  Many (including us) argued that SBA was using ABQ’s election as a test market for their messaging that is now being used on a broader national stage.  Stay tuned to this story.