Mario Burgos

Clear thinking and straight talk from the top of a mountain.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Some People Just Shouldn't Talk

So, Patricia Madrid has decided to jump in the fray and attack the Democratic Party volunteers for a poorly run caucus. Mind you, this was the sitting attorney general that lost a Democratic leaning district during a year when Republicans across the country got the boot from Congress.

Call me crazy, but I'm thinking this is the last person in the world who should be taking a whack at anyone's ability to organize volunteers and achieve results. Then, to add insult to injury, she throws in this classic Madridism:

In addition, a party-run caucus puts a critical vote in the hands of volunteers instead of paid, trained election workers.

“It (the caucus system) doesn’t have all the checks and balances and the years of experience of a proper election,” Madrid said.

Excuse me??? Ms. Madrid, have you actually been paying attention to how elections are run in New Mexico? I can't remember the last time an important election in New Mexico was actually decided on, or for that matter somewhere near, Election Day. As I recall, by the time you were ready to admit defeat in 2006, the Christmas shopping season was well under way.

As to "paid, trained election workers," it has obviously been a LONG time since you were down in the trenches. Let me recommend that you take a walk down memory lane and revisit just how well that paid election worker system is operating in New Mexico. Or maybe, instead of Monday morning quarterbacking, you could have offered to help raise the money, or volunteer your time, so that your party could do its caucus right.

Personally, I find it amusing that New Mexico's Democratic Caucus has suffered from the same inability as the state's paid Democratic machine to count ballots in a timely manner, or to have enough ballots at an election site. But, that aside, I just find it offensive that folks like Governor Bill Richardson or Patricia Madrid refused to get involved in the process, and then spend the days after pointing fingers at volunteers... VOLUNTEERS.

We really do need new leadership in New Mexico.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

What a Tangled Web He Weaves

If only saying it so, really made it so:
How much did the R's outspend the D's on in last year's nail biter between Rep. Heather Wilson and Dem Patricia Madrid? According to a report from an UNM professor writing in the new publication, Capitol Report, Wilson's side outspent Madrid by about $1.4 million.

"..When we consider total spending--parties, the candidates, and interest groups..Wilson outspent Madrid supporters. Total GOP and ally spending amounted to $6.577 million and Democratic and ally spending amounted to $5.199 million."

That jives with our reporting and, I think, sets the record straight for Wilson operatives who said Madrid had it wrong when she told us in a recent interview that Heather had outspent her.
Sorry, Mr. Monahan, think again. That does not jive with your original reporting. Since you seem to have a problem recalling your original analysis on the diference between Heather Wilson and Patricia Madrid's campaign spending, please allow me to refresh your memory, this is what you originally reported:
"I know you and others believe my debate performance was the reason for the loss. That was a factor, but she outspent me by at least several million dollars--maybe more when you count all the independent expenditures. She began the negative attacks in July and did not let up. That spending was as big a reason as any for the defeat," reflected Madrid who in the sole TV debate with Wilson froze before the camera in a moment that is now frozen in state political history.
I admit I took exception at the time for a very simple reason:
According to Political Moneyline Patricia Madrid's campaign spent just shy of $3.4 million, and Congresswoman Heather Wilson spent $4.8 million. That's a difference of $1.4 million - not exactly "several million."
Hmm, that's interesting. The $1.4 million number I reported is the EXACT SAME NUMBER that UNM Professor, Lonna Atkeson, came up with in her article for the newly launched Capital Report - again a long way from the originally reported "several million" dollar difference. It is unclear if Dr. Atkeson considered the following in arriving at her number:
  1. Patricia Madrid started to shamelessly using taxpayer money as early March 2005 for self promotion and to improve name identification - a practice she continued to within 70 days of the election.

  2. The millions that Governor Bill Richardson spent on the 2006 election. In a Santa Fe New Mexican article it was reported, "Madrid has Gov. Bill Richardson, a fellow Democrat, on her side. Richardson has already told the national press -- which he may need to cultivate further should he run for president -- that Madrid will win narrowly, in part due to his get-out-the-vote operation in New Mexico
If not, then factoring in those expenditures rapidly shrinks that $1.4 million gap. Of course, probably the most damning for Mr. Monahan is not his twisted version of the truth for a second time, but what he chose not to report from Dr. Atkeson's article. Namely, the conclusion:
This suggests a possible alternative reason [that Patricia Madrid lost]: Democrats did not mobilize enough Democratic voters who vote Democratic. In part, this analysis suggests that the Democratic strategy is problematic because many Democratic groups tend to focus on aggregate areas and not individual voters, and in doing so concede some areas to the GOP.
But, I guess Joe Monahan wouldn't want to bite the hand that feeds him.

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Thursday, May 03, 2007

Just Keeps Nagging at Me

I tried to ignore it. Really, I did. I read it yesterday, and thought, "Just forget about it. You just said something nice about the guy the day before, so let it lie." But, I can't. It just keeps nagging at me. After all, I have a civic duty to call it for what it is, right? Well, here it is. What's bugging me is this from Democratic blogger and Patricia Madrid booster, Joe Monahan:
It was the first time I had spoken with Madrid since her November defeat. As one would expect from a political pro who has been through the grinder, she showed not a hint of bitterness or remorse over her cliffhanger loss to Heather and reacted dispassionately when asked for analysis.

"I know you and others believe my debate performance was the reason for the loss. That was a factor, but she outspent me by at least several million dollars--maybe more when you count all the independent expenditures. She began the negative attacks in July and did not let up. That spending was as big a reason as any for the defeat," reflected Madrid who in the sole TV debate with Wilson froze before the camera in a moment that is now frozen in state political history.
Ok folks, time for a reality check. Let's talk about Ms. Madrid's campaign being outspent by millions.
  1. Patricia Madrid started to shamelessly using taxpayer money as early March 2005 for self promotion and to improve name identification - a practice she continued to within 70 days of the election.
  2. According to Political Moneyline Patricia Madrid's campaign spent just shy of $3.4 million, and Congresswoman Heather Wilson spent $4.8 million. That's a difference of $1.4 million - not exactly "several million."
  3. And, who can forget the additional $2.1 million that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spent on an eight week television buy to benefit Patricia Madrid.
  4. Now throw into the mix the millions that Governor Bill Richardson spent on the 2006 election. In a Santa Fe New Mexican article it was reported, "Madrid has Gov. Bill Richardson, a fellow Democrat, on her side. Richardson has already told the national press -- which he may need to cultivate further should he run for president -- that Madrid will win narrowly, in part due to his get-out-the-vote operation in New Mexico."
The bottom line here is that Patricia Madrid WAS NOT outspent. In fact, she may very well have outspent Congresswoman Heather Wilson. And, let's not forget that back in 1998 a certain Mr. Maloof outspent Heather Wilson by about $6 million, yet we didn't end up with a Congressman Maloof.

So, what's really bugging me? Is it Patricia Madrid's assertions? No, she needs to rationalize her loss, and that's just a part of the human condition. It helps people move on with their lives. No, what's really bugging me is that a political veteran like Joe Monahan is aware of all of the spending information, and yet gave Madrid a free ride on her ridiculous statement. Had it been a Republican making that statement, he would have been all over it. Instead, he let it go. Once again demonstrating a clear bias - especially, when it comes to Congresswoman Heather Wilson.

Now before some of you start leaving comments about my bias when it comes to Heather Wilson, let me just say it. I'm a HUGE supporter of Heather Wilson. I think she's GREAT. But, see that's one big difference between myself and Mr. Monahan. I don't try and portray myself to be something that I'm not. Mr. Monahan may have a certain Santa Fe County Sheriff fooled into thinking he's a "truthful" blogger, but the rest of us know better.

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Friday, March 30, 2007

What a World of Difference a Change Can Make

Successful prosecution of public corruption under former U.S. Attorney David Iglesias (R) and former Attorney General Patricia Madrid (D) was, well, practically non-existent. They were the perfect example of the gang who couldn't shoot straight. First, Mr. Iglesias botched the Vigil case, and then Ms. Madrid makes a bad situation worse be indicting the witnesses.

Compare that to what just happened yesterday:
Acting United States Attorney Larry Gomez and New Mexico Attorney General Gary King in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) SAC Thomas McClenaghan announce the filing today, Thursday, March 29th, of a federal grand jury indictment charging four defendants in a conspiracy, mail fraud and money laundering public corruption case. Those charged defendants are Toby Martinez, Manny Aragon, Raul Parra and Sandra Mata Martinez. The loss to the State of New Mexico taxpayers of approximately $4.2 million forms the basis of the indictment.
Now, anyone still wonder why neither the former U.S. Attorney or Attorney General have a job. Yeah, I didn't think so. Oh, and just for the record, Ken Schultz, the former Albuquerque Mayor who plead guilty in this thing, is a registered Republican, so any blogger trying to pretend that these are all Democrats is purposely trying to mislead his readers to keep the Democratic campaign against our Congresswoman and Senator alive.

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Sunday, March 11, 2007

Mayor Marty "Open Mouth Insert Foot" Chavez

Never one to miss an opportunity to look foolish in public, Mayor Marty Chavez once again is trying to stick it to Congresswoman Heather Wilson.

Chávez was quoted today by Congressional Quarterly, which is read by members of Congress and politicos in the nation’s capital and beyond, on the impact the scandal will have on Wilson’s career.

“Heather Wilson will no longer be elected in New Mexico,” [Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chávez ] said, adding that her actions were “reprehensible.”

Let's start by stating the obvious. Martin Chavez is in ABSOLUTELY NO position to discuss what it means for a politician to act ethically. This is nothing more than a very weak attempt to wipe the egg off his face from the last election.

As I recall, the timeline went something like this:
  1. Mayor Marty endorsed Patricia Madrid.
  2. Mayor Marty LEANED on his appointed fire chief to make a fuss over something where there was no fuss to be made.
  3. Mayor Marty attends a debate where Patricia Madrid has difficulty answering simple questions.
  4. Patricia Madrid loses.
Plus, let's compare the VERY BRIEF phone calls made to David Iglesias to the Senator Schumer letter to a U.S. Attorney (this is a MUST read).

Yeah, nice try Mayor Chavez. Let's face it, you, and I do mean you personally, cannot beat Congresswoman Heather Wilson in a race, so quit acting the political jester with your predictions, and concentrate your political energies on races that might actually involve you.

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