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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

New Heinrich Ad: Liz Says, 'Mr. Barela, Don't Mess With My Social Security'

In my view, Rep. Martin Heinrich's campaign has produced some of the most effective ads of this election cycle in New Mexico, and their latest 30-second spot is no exception. Their new ad, entitled "Mess," (video above, text below), features a moving testimony by a woman identified as Liz, an Albuquerque senior who worries that Republican lobbyist Jon Barela will turn her Social Security over to the whims of Wall Street. After describing how much she depends on Social Security, Liz says:

I don't trust this Jon Barela. Times are tough for people like me. Mr. Barela, don't mess with my Social Security.

"Social Security has been a bedrock promise for 75 years, based on the premise that if you work hard and pay into the system you will have the stability and security of guaranteed income in your older years," Rep. Heinrich said in a statement released about the ad. "Instead of working to dismantle Social Security, I am committed to work across the aisle to strengthen the program for seniors like Liz, and for generations to come."

People need to know that lobbyist Jon Barela stands with Republicans who promise to privatize and cut Social Security-jeopardizing the retirement security for millions of American workers and their families. This ad does an excellent job of getting that message across in no uncertain terms -- and showcasing who would get hurt if Republicans have their way.

Check out this fact sheet prepared by the campaign that documents the plans for Social Security privatization being pushed by House Republican leaders -- and how these same leaders are supporting Jon Barelas with campaign donations. In other words, Barela is being backed by his party's House leadership because he is in sync with their planes to drastically cut and privatize Social Security.

The fact sheet also documents the fact that Jon Barela has been endorsed by the FreedomWorks PAC, which is the campaign arm of the group that has mentored the tea party movement. The group, chaired by former U.S. House Majority Leader Dick Armey, called Barela a “fiscal hero” in its endorsement. FreedomWorks also wants to privatize Social Security.

Liz, the woman who speaks in this ad, is a 69 year old Navy Veteran, according to the Heinrich campaign. She was a disbursing clerk in San Diego, California. Her husband Tommy, also a Navy Veteran, was stationed with her in San Diego and then did a tour on the USS Bellatrix. Later, he worked as an electrician and was a member of his local IBEW Union.

Liz and her family have lived in the same house in Albuquerque's South Valley for 47 years. They have four daughters who are all public school educated and college graduates (and very proud of it). They have Tommy's pension, but Liz depends on Social Security to help cover health costs.


Liz: Five hundred and thirty dollars a month. That's my Social Security. I get by, but I couldn't with out it.

Voiceover: New Mexico seniors like Liz rely on Social Security, but Jon Barela sides with the politicians and special interests who want to privatize it. Meaning Barela and friends would risk Social Security in the stock market.

Liz: I don't trust this Jon Barela. Times are tough enough for people like me. Mr. Barela don't mess with my Social Security.

Martin Heinrich: I'm Martin Heinrich and I approve this message.

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October 13, 2010 at 10:19 AM in Jon Barela, NM-01 Congressional Race 2010, Political Ads, Rep. Martin Heinrich (NM-01), Right Wing, Social Security | Permalink


I agree with you about Heinrich's ads being high quality with good messaging. I don't know who does them but I wish the Denish campaign had hired them too. Her ads are so old fashioned.

Posted by: Straight Ticket Democrat | Oct 13, 2010 10:45:21 AM

Martin Heinrich is unbelievable; so smart, so honest and well, brave! He hits the issues that he intends to stand behind. This builds such trust. It is a campaign with content !

Posted by: Anita Walsh | Oct 13, 2010 11:50:54 AM

What a crock! Tell me her husband doesn't get a pension from the Electicians Union. Tell me one or both of them, even if they didn't retire from the military, are probably getting some sort of VA Disability. If they can afford to send all their kids to school, they are sure as hell living larger than me and my family cause I can't even save a dollar toward my child's education!

Posted by: George | Oct 13, 2010 4:27:34 PM

"George" - Why are you commenting from a computer at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Phoenix AZ, yet entering your email as George in ABQ?

The "crock" is that Jon Barela wants to privatize Social Security and cut Medicare, which would hurt seniors all over the country. I see you have a similar attitude, with no compassion for folks trying to get along in hard times with very little.

Posted by: barb | Oct 13, 2010 5:24:11 PM

Note: If the same person writes many comments and pretends to be many different people, your comments will be removed.

Posted by: barb | Oct 14, 2010 11:48:20 AM

This ad is ridiculous. First, Barela is on the record as opposing privatizing social security. Secondly, even those who want to privatize social security want to exempt anyone who is currently receiving benefits. The fact is that Obama’s new healthcare plan cuts Medicare by $500,000,000 and Heinrich voted for that. Pathetic …

Posted by: Jim | Oct 18, 2010 3:44:28 PM

Barela gets most of his money from the Repub Party and the Repub "leaders" in the House and they all want to privatize Social Security. Go look it up. You think they're giving him money for nothing?

Even if it would exempt older people it would still be privatizing Social Security for everyone else. That means SS would be destroyed as we know it and exposed to the instability of Wall Street. We've seen how that worked during the recent collapse.

The "cuts in Medicare" Barela claims Heinrich wants are a fantasy on his part. The funds you refer to, and they're not the amount you claim, are for getting the HMO health insurers out of the picture. They suck up a bunch of money that will now go directly to care for people on Medicare not to some bonus for some executive.

Nonpartisan studies have found that Medicare advantage programs are a stupid use of money because the insurance companies get extra payments and the patients don't get enough to make up for it.

Yeah, make me believe that Rep Heinrich is for cutting good benefits for people on Medicare. You are dreaming.

Posted by: Old Dem | Oct 18, 2010 4:10:44 PM

A CROCK. PNM pensions come with health benifits

Posted by: Jerry | Oct 20, 2010 11:03:30 AM

Hey Jerry, what does that have to do with anything? Making things up again over there on the right wing nut side

Posted by: Sean | Oct 20, 2010 11:09:52 AM