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Reform New Mexico Now PAC sends anti-Jennings mailer to Sanchez’s district

Reform New Mexico Now PAC may have more money than it knows what to do with — evidenced by the fact that it is sending mailers into the wrong districts.

The PAC’s two highest profile targets are Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez of Belen and Senate President Pro Tem Tim Jennings of Roswell. Those are two very different cities and the two are very different politicians.

But the PAC run by Martinez’s top political adviser Jay McCleskey sent a mailer attacking Jennings over his stance on the death penalty to an unidentified household in Belen, which is in Sanchez’s district.

Sanchez faces Rep. David Chavez while Jennings faces political neophyte Cliff Pirtle.

The misfire of the mailer is an example of shotgun-approach that Reform New Mexico Now is using to try to unseat Democratic opponents.

The mailer is very similar to a mailer sent by Rep. Nate Gentry, R-Albuquerque, attacking his opponent, Mary Ellen Broderick, D-Albuquerque, both in content and imagery. PACs and candidates are forbidden by law from coordinating with one another.

Mailers attacking candidates from Reform New Mexico Now PAC on a similar issue have went after candidates throughout the state — but the imagery on the errantly-sent Jennings attack piece and the Gentry one are among the most similar.

Both show images of hooded men and accuse their Democratic opponents of siding with “child killers” for opposing the death penalty.

The pictures use a similar photo of an individual in a hoodie — which ProgressNow New Mexico says evokes thoughts of Trayvon Martin.

“It is unconscionable that any politician would find it acceptable, even for a second, to use an image of a dark man in a hooded sweatshirt in a political ad today,” says Pat Davis of ProgressNowNM of the Gentry piece in a statement sent to the media. “Nate Gentry has either been living under a rock or believes, like George Zimmerman, that kids in hoodies are boogeymen first and kids second. Either way, let’s hope his voters know better.”

When Broderick said that the Gentry mailer was “racist,” Gentry told KRQE, “If you look at the mailer, the person on the mailer is Caucasian. I’m talking about policies, where we differ on issues.”

If you look at the mailer you cannot see the face of the person in the hoodie. Another person in the ad, who is in jail, is Caucasian.

Sanchez is locked in a tight race with Chavez, while momentum seems to be going Jennings’ way in his race; prominent Republicans have bucked the governor and backed Jennings’ reelection.

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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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4 Responses to "Reform New Mexico Now PAC sends anti-Jennings mailer to Sanchez’s district"

  1. Hemingway says:

    Reform New Mexico Now run by Jay McCleskey is paying tens of thousands of dollars to his own McCleskey Media. This should be investigated!

  2. Hemingway says:

    Mr. David Chavez is known for one thing – his intolerance of gay marriage. He introduced his Defense of Marriage Act HR22 on Valentine’s Day in 2012. The legislation would ban New Mexico from recognizing all lawful marriages from other states between same-sex couples. In New Mexico, marraige would only be recognized if it was between one man and one woman. It is sad to see that discrimination and bigotry are still alive in New Mexico.

  3. Hemingway says:

    Ironically and hypocritically Mr Nate Gentry told his constituents he would not do any negative attacks in campaign.