Hold on just a second.
Dianna Duran just launched a new TV ad in her run for Secretary of State. We found it on YouTube.
Duran hits her opponent, current Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver, for “registering a dog to vote.”
But that’s not what happened. In 2011, Thomas Tolbert announced that he had successfully registered his dog to vote by completing a voter registration card in his dog’s name.
He said it proved there was voter registration fraud, even though under NM law, the new voter would have had to show ID at the polls before voting.
But that’s not all. We outed Tolbert as the husband of a top-level staffer for former GOP Congresswoman and then-Senate candidate Heather Wilson.
That’s right – a Republican connected to a statewide Republican campaign committed felony fraud.
Here’s the story from NM Politics covering our expose:
Liberal group outs Tolbert
Talking Points Memo explored the TV station’s controversial decision to grant anonymity:
“Danielle Todesco, the KOB Eyewitness News 4 reporter who granted Tolbert anonymity for the story, stood by her decision and said she was surprised that he appeared given his wife’s job.
“‘A lot of people we interview ask for anonymity, and we appreciated that he was still willing to put his face on camera for the story,’ Todesco told TPM in an email. ‘I was never contacted by law enforcement to ask for his identity, they have all found out on their own. Us granting him that privacy has not hindered any investigation whatsoever.’”
TPM also pointed out the political difficulty Wilson:
“The connection to the Wilson campaign is noteworthy because of her alleged role in pushing the Bush administration to fire former U.S. Attorney David Iglesias because he allegedly wasn’t quick enough in prosecuting alleged cases of voter fraud during Wilson’s 2006 campaign.”
You can read more about that here.
Maggie Toulouse Oliver turned Tolbert over the sheriff’s department who promptly opened an investigation.
Does Duran really want to bring this up again?