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Monday, March 03, 2008

Must Read: Vote Buying by Wilson & White Campaigns at NM GOP Delegate Nominating Meetings?

DcargoOn the heels of his story about threats reportedly being made by powerful NM Repubs to those thinking of mounting a primary challenge to NM-01 Congressional candidate Darren White, Dennis Domrzalski has a new post on what is being termed vote buying -- allegedly carried out by the campaigns of Darren White and Heather Wilson at certain GOP ward conventions in Albuquerque on February 24. The allegations against White's NM-01 Congressional campaign and Wilson's U.S. Senate campaign are being made by former-NM Governor Dave Cargo (right), and corroborated by State Rep. Janice Arnold-Jones. Quote:

Cargo says he noticed something different when 59 people showed up at the Albuquerque Marriott to elect delegates from the 31st ward in Albuquerque.

“This is probably the biggest ward in the city, by far. Normally we have between 9 and 15 people show up,” Cargo said. “And so along comes the convention on Sunday and 59 people show up.”

Cargo began passing around a signup sheet. “I said ‘I’m going to pass around notebook and would like to have you write down your names and address and phone number so I can call you and put you to work for the party,’” Cargo said. “Then one gal got up and said, ‘We aren’t working for any party; we’re here only this one time and we won’t be back.’”

Cargo said that over the course of the meeting many of the participants said they were from Wilson’s senate campaign and from Bernalillo County Sheriff Darren White’s congressional campaign. Several people told him they were being paid $35-an-hour (for two hours) by their campaigns and that the campaigns had also paid their $30 registration fees. [emphasis mine]

“I told them that this was known as vote buying, that it was illegal and that it was fourth-degree felony,” Cargo said.

... State Rep. Janice Arnold-Jones, R-Albuquerque, said she saw the same thing in the 24th Ward’s convention. Many of the participants said they had been paid to attend and vote for certain delegates, she said.

“They were free about telling us why they were there and what they were trying to do,” Arnold-Jones added. “Some people said they had been paid to participate in the convention. It was clear that some of them had no stake in the process and that they were not coming back for the convention.”

WcheshireThe allegations about possible vote buying were first reported last week by KKOB Radio News Anchor Laura MacCallum, who quit her job in protest when News Director Pat Allen pulled the stories after being contacted by Wilson campaign spokesperson Whitney Cheshire (right).

MacCallum was outraged by the situation.

“I had an ethical problem with the stories being pulled because Heather Wilson’s campaign put pressure on newsroom management,” MacCallum said. “They allowed political pressure to dictate the news. As journalists we can’t do that. The news has to stand alone. That a political candidate can inject herself into news department management is just mind blowing. Should we just be doing the Heather Wilson news? And as soon as we make her angry she’s going to call and start giving everybody trouble?

You really must read the entire post at Domrzalski's blog. Also check out the post on this at NM FBIHOP, who jumped on Domrzalski's story first this afternoon.

March 3, 2008 at 06:22 PM in 2008 NM Senate Race, Crime, NM-01 Congressional Race 2008, Republican Party | Permalink

Comments

HAHAHAHA! Call up the KKKOB newsroom and get the story squashed! Isn't this the same modus operandi Heather Weasel tried to use on then US Attorney David Iglesias? It makes you wonder how many times she's used it in the past, say with a certain former Bernalillo County Clerk? We knew something funky was going on with the absentee ballots!

Posted by: Proud Democrat | Mar 3, 2008 7:09:58 PM

The repubs are already in the weeds and their primary races have only recently begun. Imagine what can happen as the races on their side get hotter.

I wouldn't put anything past Heather Wilson after her pressuring Iglesias. And Darren White? A Bush twin.

Posted by: JJ | Mar 3, 2008 8:51:50 PM

From a comment on Mario Burgos' blog last month:
"There is no better evidence of vote buying than the GOP County Pre-Primary conventions where people off the street with no real idea what the hell is going on within the Party, comes in with their $30.00 provided by campaigns to vote for themselves.

Mario, you've been doing this for years now.
Tanoan Tattler | 02.20.08 - 9:36 pm | #"
http://www.marioburgos.com/2008/02/democratic-vote-buying.html

Posted by: Michelle Meaders | Mar 3, 2008 11:53:42 PM

I wonder if these payments will show up on White's or Wilson's FEC reports? They should, unless they were paying people under the table.

Posted by: T | Mar 4, 2008 8:23:56 AM

since KKOB is the center of GOP power in NM maybe that's the place to wave signs and boycott for any complaints about bush, iraq, etc. after all, it has been instrumental in selling the whole bush disaster to NM.

Posted by: trank | Mar 5, 2008 6:41:46 AM

Vote buying and a radio station pulling the story because of pressure from a Congresswoman. Crooks and Liars, has it posted maybe this sleaze will get some national exposure.

Posted by: VP | Mar 5, 2008 7:19:19 AM