In an email to supporters and on the Chavez campaign website, Chávez has alleged “illegal, anonymous and false attacks on my campaign” in fliers spread at the Democratic pre-primary.
Multiple convention attendees who saw the fliers told the Telegram that the flier featured personal attacks on Chávez.
The mailers broke Federal Election Commission (FEC) disclosure laws. The FEC says such communication “must identify who paid for the message, state that it was not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee and list the permanent street address, telephone number or World Wide Web address of the person who paid for the communication.”
Chávez wrote in the e-mail:
As delegates and their families arrived, they were greeted with Karl Rove-style smear fliers. These tactics have no place in this campaign or our Democratic Party.
My opponents’ claims of championing campaign finance reform ring hollow when their own supporters are making illegal attacks while they look the other way. New Mexican voters can tell when candidates just give lip service to vital issues.
Chavez also spent some time in his speech decrying the fliers.
From the Telegram’s Democratic pre-primary convention coverage:
The former mayor asked his candidates to run a clean campaign. He held up a piece of paper that he said was a negative attack on him and that it was “garbage.”
The Chávez campaign also downplayed the victory by Eric Griego in the pre-primary, where Chávez came in second to Griego by a little over 7 percent.
“We’re really pleased with the strong show of grassroots support for Marty’s campaign,” Chávez campaign manager Alan Packman said in a press release following the convention. “These conventions have always been dominated by the types of insiders most likely to support Sen. Griego. Marty’s strength is with everyday people who know his record delivering results for New Mexico’s families as Mayor.”
Update: 3/14/12 3:50 pm
The Telegram has seen a copy of the flier and the description by the multiple attendees is true.