May 30th, 2012 | 9 Comments
The airwaves are now filling with negative ads. Michelle Lujan Grisham went up with an ad criticizing Eric Griego for his history of bench warrants for not paying traffic tickets. Griego responded with an ad going after Lujan Grisham for her role in the substandard standard of living at Fort Bayard Medical Center.
The ads were launched after Progressive Kick, a Super PAC that backs Griego, began airing ads on cable criticizing Lujan Grisham for the Fort Bayard scandal. Lujan Grisham’s campaign has threatened to sue Comcast if it continues to air the ads, which Lujan Grisham’s campaign says are defamatory.
Lujan Grisham launches her own ad
Lujan Grisham’s ad in response to the Super PAC ad says, “Eric Griego’s Super PAC is lying about Michelle Lujan Grisham… to hide his own record of breaking the law.”
The ad goes on to highlight the times Griego received bench warrants, including while serving on the Albuquerque city council.
“Despite claims to the contrary, Eric Griego continues to this day to rack up warrants and ignore judges’ orders,” Lujan Grisham campaign manager Dominic Gabello said. “This is a disturbing pattern – 12 arrest warrants over the course of 12 years — that raises the question: Does Eric Griego think he’s above the law?”
Today, Griego’s campaign announced it was airing its own ad, going after Lujan Grisham on the same issue as the Progressive Kick ad. Campaigns and outside groups are barred from officially coordinating with each other.
Griego’s ad says, “After 8,000 complaints about mistreatment of seniors in New Mexico’s nursing homes, a Justice Department investigation found that patients’ last days of life were spent in miserable pain.”
The ad goes on to say that Michelle Lujan Grisham was the person responsible for the conditions.
“Commissioner Lujan Grisham is desperately trying to make the election about traffic tickets because she knows she can’t win on her record of incompetence that led to 8 seniors’ deaths and a federal investigation,” Griego’s campaign manager Ed Yoon said. “Lujan Grisham should explain why those seniors had to needlessly die under her watch, and why the U.S. Justice Department found her nursing homes ‘dangerously deficient,’ and why she tried to cover up a state watchdog by telling him, ‘Don’t create a paper trail.'”
You can watch the ads and read the transcripts at the bottom of the post.
The Lujan Grisham ad:
The transcript, as provided by the Lujan Grisham campaign:
MICHELLE LUJAN GRISHAM: I’m Michelle Lujan Grisham and I approve this message.
NARRATOR: Eric Griego’s Super PAC is lying about Michelle Lujan Grisham
…to hide his own record of breaking the law.
Authorities issued eleven arrest warrants for Griego—including for driving without insurance or registration. Three warrants while Griego served on the City Council.
A judge even issued a warrant for an accident on the grounds of the capitol while Griego served in the State Senate.
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The Griego ad:
The transcript, as transcribed by NM Telegram:
ERIC GRIEGO: I’m Eric Griego and I approve this message.
After 8,000 complaints about mistreatment of seniors in New Mexico’s nursing homes, a Justice Department investigation found that patients’ last days of life were spent in miserable pain.
Eight people died in these dangerously deficient conditions.
The person responsible for taking care of these seniors? Michelle Lujan Grisham.
When a state watchdog raised concerns, she covered it up, telling him, ‘Don’t create a paper trail.’
Michelle Lujan Grisham — covering up the truth to protect her political career.
Written by Matthew Reichbach
Matthew Reichbach has blogged about New Mexico politics since 2006. Matthew was a co-founder of New Mexico FBIHOP with his brother and part of the original hirings at the groundbreaking website the New Mexico Independent. Matthew has covered events such as the Democratic National Convention and Netroots Nation. In addition to politics, Matthew is an avid sports fan, especially of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and TV fan.
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