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Monday, June 04, 2012

Oil Money Disguised as Republican Reform NM PAC Supports Carl Trujillo

Carl Trujillo is a democrat who is running for Speaker Ben Lujan's vacated seat District 46 and his opponent is Santa Fe Mayor David Coss. There is no Republican running in the general. It is obvious the Gov Martinez wants to have her say in the decision of who will represent District 46.

Mr. Trujillo provided this statement over the weekend in response to Governor Martinez's Reform PAC dumping money in the form of literature into the District 46 race. This message from Trujillo speaks volumes;
"Organizations (Gov Martinez) that have independently done things without any involvement from us. For example, two organizations (Gov Martinez) sent out mailers that were negative to our opponent (Mayor Coss). We had nothing to do with them, but there’s nothing we can do to stop them."  Trujillo goes on to say; "Unfortunately, the opposition (Mayor Coss) has been using slimy tactics to insinuate that we are somehow connected to these organizations and that’s proof that we have some kind of secret evil agenda."

Well - Carl you could start by saying your opponent, Democrat David Coss, is not the one using slimy tactics. Slimy tactics are what the Governers new Reform PAC are doing to your race. You are not a victim to these very smart operatives trying to shape the politics in New Mexico. You could have said I denounce these slimy tactics made by these organizations which sent out material in my district, meddling in the affairs of the people of District 46. But you did not choose to denounce the republicans you saved your comments about slimy tactics to release venom about Mayor Coss.

Who's side are you on Carl Trujillo? Your statement appears you agree with the R's helping you in your race, who is the one hungry for power if one stoops to that level. Will you really represent the people of district 46? What do you stand for? There is so little known about you, so little you have revealed. This one press release (pasted below) speaks volumes of your democratic character in these very troubled times.

One of the greatest things about this campaign has been the outpouring of support from the people of our community who are committed to working for a better future.

But sometimes we get support from organizations who may have agendas that are likely to be at odds with our interests. And sometimes they may do things on their own, without our knowledge or our consent -- whether it's putting up a sign, sending out emails, making a financial contribution or something bigger.

This week, we had a few interesting examples. Organizations that have independently done things without any involvement from us. For example, two organizations sent out mailers that were negative to our opponent. We had nothing to do with them, but there’s nothing we can do to stop them.

Unfortunately, the opposition has been using slimy tactics to insinuate that we are somehow connected to these organizations and that’s proof that we have some kind of secret evil agenda. Our agenda is not secret; it is clear. There is only one interest that I seek to serve, and that is the very special interests of the people in the community that I grew up in, that my family has lived in and raised our children in for 400 years-- the people of District 46.

Some may ask why organizations like Reform New Mexico or the Business Alliance want to support our campaign in opposition to the entrenched machine candidate David Coss. They sent out their mailers without our involvement or approval, and we don’t know their reasons.

Perhaps they have their own genuine, legitimate concerns about Mr. Coss, because while David Coss and I, as fellow Democrats, may not be that far apart in our specific stands on specific issues, we seem to have very different views about the political process when it comes to fairness, openness and transparency.

For example, I’m on the record for being willing to listen and include everyone in the dialogue, whether we agree with them or not, and my belief that if we're going to get government unstuck, we're going to have to start talking with and listening to each other. Yes, even across the political divide, perhaps especially where we have strong differences.

This does not mean that I don’t have strong views on vital issues which are often in opposition to these big special interests-- especially when it comes to issues like protecting our environment, helping our families survive and prosper free from the ravages of substance abuse, violence and unemployment, providing better education for our children so they can have a better future, and helping local business to succeed in this difficult economy.

So, while we can't stop organizations from doing certain things like sending out mailers, we can and do return checks from special interests that aren’t in line with the priorities of our community. Because there's only one special interest that I'm looking to serve and that's the people of the 46th District of New Mexico.

June 4, 2012 at 03:51 PM in 2012 Legislature Races, Candidates & Races, Ethics & Campaign Reform | Permalink


A Republican in sheep's clothing. It's unfortunate that if elected, Carl will be beholden to the Governor and the Republicans as opposed to the citizens of District 46. It's quite hypocritical given Carl's claim that he wants to be a "citizen" legislator.

Posted by: Jesus Herrera | Jun 4, 2012 4:32:45 PM

well said! carl has been refusing to talk about where he stands for MONTHS! thank goodness that governor martinez has outed him for what he really is - a big oil and gas supported republican.

Posted by: Natalie Trujillo | Jun 4, 2012 4:42:47 PM

i'm always suspicious when a candidate refuses to talk about his or her positions on tough issues. you just know they are hiding something! with susana supporting carl, it's now pretty clear to me that carl is much much more conservative then he portrayed himself to be.

Posted by: r. campos | Jun 4, 2012 5:04:47 PM

Carl trujillo says he's for dialogue, but he won't debate? What a crock!

Posted by: Proud Democrat | Jun 4, 2012 5:11:10 PM

great post! you nailed it. anyone worth their democratic salt would have immediately disavowed susana's endorsement. nice work, DFNM!!!

Posted by: paul white | Jun 4, 2012 5:15:52 PM

Mayor Coss and his campaign have been lying the entire time they have been running. There was no "endorsement" by Susana, this is false. Candidates have no control over what independent expenditures come out against their opponent, look it up.

They are currently running an ad saying that Carl took 200,000 dollars from susana martinez. Look at carl's campaign finance reports, that is false. They are citing the total number of dollars that Reform New Mexico has raised themselves.

Carl is a life long democrat and immediately disavowed the "support" from RNM

Posted by: SantaFeAllDay | Jun 5, 2012 3:49:43 PM