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Friday, February 29, 2008

NM-01: Repub Insiders Threaten Their Own

SheriffwhiteMust read: Dennis Domrzalski's post today about the threats received by Joe Carraro, Mark Boitano and Janice Arnold-Jones from Republican insiders warning them not to enter the NM-01 Republican primary -- or else. Powerful Repubs made it clear in no uncertain terms that current Bernalillo County Sheriff Darren White (right) was the annointed nominee chosen by insiders and that anyone challenging that decision would be the target of a smear campaign or worse. Now the New Mexico Attorney General's office is reportedly looking into whether they should launch a full-scale investigation into the threats against Carraro:

The New Mexico Attorney General’s Office is checking out allegations that state Sen. Joe Carraro, an Albuquerque Republican, was threatened with a vicious smear campaign—including threats bring up and 20-year-divorce case an embarrass his children—if he went through with his decision to seek his party’s nomination for the First Congressional District seat.

The AG’s office is analyzing information to see if it warrants a full-blown investigation, said office spokesman Phil Sisneros.

“He (Carraro) has talked to the Attorney General about his concerns and his concerns have gone into the hopper,” Sisneros said. “The usual process is that we determine if there is something actionable, if there is something we can do. It is an analysis of the information. It was just last week that we spoke to the senator.”

Carraro has also reportedly contacted the FBI about the threats, which he deems to be "extortion":

He says the feds should be involved because some of the threats involved a former state Republican Party official who now works in Texas. “These people should be in jail the way they’re threatening people,” Carraro said.

As for the other two Repubs who considered entering the primary in CD-1,

State Rep. Janice Arnold-Jones, R-Albuquerque, and state Sen. Mark Boitano, R-Albuquerque, said they received similar threats when they were considering runs for Wilson’s seat. Arnold-Jones said operatives threatened to go after her 20-year-old daughter, a student at the University of New Mexico.

Boitano, a legislator for 12 years, said he was informed through his campaign manager that he would be attacked for being a member of the Unification Church if he chose to run for Wilson’s seat.

I wonder what New Mexico GOP golden boy and lawman Darren White thinks about the use of smear tactics, threats and what amounts to extortion by his political party against his potential primary challengers. You'd think he'd be up at arms considering his dedication to using stern "law and order" rhetoric and posturing, as have many other Repub candidates over the years. Is he up to the job of taking on the bottom feeders in his own Party who are using repugnant and perhaps even illegal tactics on his behalf? Maybe the AG's office and FBI will try to find out.

WehTo get the full flavor of the warnings and threats made by NM GOP bigwigs, including State Chair Allen Weh (right), to the trio, you really must read Domrzalski's entire post. I guess Rove-style tactics have spread throughout the Bush-wing of the GOP and are used even within the Party against politicos who might dare to contradict the edicts issued from on high.

Dennis Domrzalski was a reporter for 24 years and is the co-host of the Eye on New Mexico Sunday morning TV talk show on KOB-TV, Channel 4.

February 29, 2008 at 12:10 PM in Crime, NM-01 Congressional Seat 2008, Republican Party | Permalink


I wonder if it takes something like this for some Republicans to recognize what their party is all about (it ain't Democracy!)

One good thing - if the allegations prove to be true and actionable, it should be a strike against Darren White in the general election.

Posted by: | Feb 29, 2008 1:05:51 PM

I was going to say this is unbelievable but unfortunately it's very believable given the track record of the R's. How awful. Darren White needs to answer about what's going on here. He has to know this smear stuff is being done on his behalf.

Posted by: <> | Feb 29, 2008 2:18:37 PM

While I have all the faith in AG King's office, it is a shame that David glesias was fired. I'd love to see this go federal.

It would be interesting to do just a minimal amount of photoshoppin' on the brownshirt's picture.

Posted by: PlacitasRoy | Feb 29, 2008 4:15:55 PM

I wonder what New Mexico GOP golden boy and lawman Darren White thinks about the use of smear tactics, threats and what amounts to extortion by his political party against his potential primary challengers.
Well, he's a Bushie, right? Tactics like these are par for the course.

Posted by: Proud Democrat | Mar 1, 2008 12:03:01 AM

Looks like a great opportunity to see if Sheriff White actually has integrity or if he will act like a typical slimy RePublic thug. I am inclined to think the latter.

Posted by: VP | Mar 1, 2008 7:31:35 AM

Mentioning Integrity, and Darren White in the same sentence? That's a hoot. After all, this Rovian Bushist is but one defendant in the ACLU suit filed against White, his department and APD for violating the first amendment rights of citizens during the idiot son's fundraising stop for Pete Domenici.

Posted by: Rodney | Mar 3, 2008 7:58:37 AM

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