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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Dem Party of NM Accuses GOP's New Auditor Candidate Errol Chavez of Playing Musical Chairs

Yesterday the Republican Party Chairman, Harvey Yates, announced he had “recruited” Errol Chavez to abandon his failed campaign for State Land Commissioner in order to run for yet another position, State Auditor. The Democratic Party of New Mexico released a statement today calling this "an unfortunate example of the Republican Party recruiting candidates who abandon races as soon as they start them."

“This is the kind of insider maneuvering that New Mexicans are sick of,” said Democratic Party Chair, Javier Gonzales. “While Yates and Chavez sit around behind closed doors deciding which job they want next, our current State Auditor, Hector Balderas, has been working hard for the people of New Mexico, fighting government fraud, waste and abuse.

“By instituting the state's first fraud hotline and measures so all governments are annually held accountable for their spending, Balderas has proven that he will find innovative ways to protect New Mexicans," Gonzales continued. "New Mexicans deserve principled leaders who want to serve the public, not politicians who want to serve political insiders.”

Chairman Gonzales also noted the irony in the fact that several prominent members of the Republican Party recently praised Auditor Balderas on the political blog, www.nmpolitics.net. Republican political blogger, Mario Burgos, was quoted as saying, “(Balderas) ... is leading the fight to get criminals behind bars. He seems to be doing his job well and with little concern whether the elected criminals have an R or D attached to their name.” In addition, Republican House Minority Whip, Keith Gardner (R-Roswell), also applauded Balderas’ work, saying, “I may be partisan, but I’m more than willing to put politics aside when someone is doing a great job. Keep it up Mr. Auditor.” Now that's some mighty big praise, especially coming from the R side of the aisle.

Then there's Errol Chavez -- a man on a mission to run for something, although he's having more than a little trouble deciding what. Chavez was recently quoted in the NM Independent, explaining that “he considered running for Congress, but ultimately decided that his executive experience in law enforcement made land commissioner a better fit.” Hmmm. Apparently Chavez thought he should run for Congress, then Land Commissioner and now State Auditor -- all in less than a year. Next thing you know he just might decide to run for Attorney General, State Rep. or whatever else appeals to his self interest on any given day. There's no clarity there.

“With the challenges New Mexicans face today and down the road, we need the proven leadership and experience that Hector Balderas has brought to the State Auditor's Office,” said Gonzales. “This office is too important to be decided by a game of musical chairs. State Auditor Balderas' campaign to aggressively fight government fraud and corruption deserves the support of all New Mexicans -- and that includes Yates and Chavez.”

January 27, 2010 at 04:40 PM in 2010 NM Land Commissioner Race, 2010 NM State Auditor Race, Democratic Party, Republican Party | Permalink


The DPNM might also point out the musical chairs game being played by Patrick Lyons and David King.

Posted by: Ellen Wedum | Jan 27, 2010 8:59:22 PM

One might also point out that there really is nothing wrong with the "musical chairs" as candidates respond to races with too many candidates and races with too few.

For someone who supposedly decries negative campaigning, Gonzales tone is awfully negative.

Perhaps it is only others' negativity he decries.

Posted by: ched macquigg | Jan 28, 2010 6:56:19 AM

As long as our elections are driven by money, actual qualifications for the position will play second (or third) fiddle to a candidate's ability to raise funds. That is how public service becomes a game of musical chairs. These fund raisers (prostitutes) become interchangeable.

Posted by: qofdisks | Jan 28, 2010 8:34:00 AM

Ched, the point is that the man can't decide what job his "qualifications" are suited to and has no preference on what job he wants to fill. In other words, he wants to run for office to "win" some seat. He doesn't have any idea of what he wants to achieve other than to win. He's an empty suit like most Republicans. They run on saying NO to everything.

Posted by: J.K. | Jan 28, 2010 9:39:02 AM


"He's an empty suit like most Republicans." This is bigotry.

Has it occurred to you that a person can be qualified for more than one job? His "preference" might be to defer to political necessity.

I can only assume from the emphasis on the non-essentials, that essentially you cannot point to an issue, or position he has endorsed, that you do not?

Posted by: ched macquigg | Jan 28, 2010 1:13:43 PM

Bigotry for noticing that the GOP is the party of obstructionism and just say no to everything? The party against equal rights for gays and that puts out lies about immigrants? You're claiming that someone who calls their candidates empty suits is bigoted? Ha ha ha ha ha.

A DEA guy, just what we need

Posted by: Sean | Jan 28, 2010 1:38:34 PM

I suggest you look up the word bigotry.

Posted by: ched macquigg | Jan 28, 2010 3:10:53 PM