Negative political ads bombard the airwaves
Posted at: 05/30/2012 6:26 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Negative ads are bombarding the airwaves in the race for Congress in New Mexico. Right now in the three-way race for the Democratic nomination, it is a discordant duet sung in the key of B negative by Michelle Lujan Grisham and Eric Griego, with Marty Chavez chiming in on the chorus, but staying out of the crossfire.
Bernalillo County Commissioner Lujan Grisham's new TV ad rips Griego for piling up arrest warrants for unpaid traffic tickets, questioning whether the state senator thinks he is above the law.
"I think it's really unfortunate that Commissioner Grisham has decided to go negative, to pay for a television commercial that questions traffic tickets," said Griego. "I think what voters want to know is where we stand on the issues and who's gonna fight for seniors and working families."
"This is 12 arrests over a period of 12 years," said Lujan Grisham campaign spokesman Gilbert Gallegos. "It shows a real disregard for the law. I think Mr. Griego just shows that he doesn't pay attention to what judges are expecting of him, and this is on top of a DWI conviction."
Griego was convicted of drunk driving in Dallas in 1997. His campaign lashed back Wednesday afternoon with a new TV ad aimed at nursing home troubles and a federal investigation during Lujan Grisham's time as state Secretary of Aging. The ad accuses her of attempting to cover up the problem.
Meanwhile, Martin Chavez watches the fight and the three-time Albuquerque Mayor stays positive - well, pretty positive anyway.
"A history that long of warrants for arrest - failure to obey orders of the court is a serious issue and I'm glad they're focusing on it," Chavez said. "I'm focusing on my ability to get things done and being tough enough to get results."
Chavez has a current TV ad that shows a young boxer slugging his mid-section (a presumably well-protected mid-section) while a narrator talks about how he took on developers and the Bush administration and other opponents.