King: Chandler Should Stop Lying

posted Oct 28, 2010, 11:29 AM by Editor Man   [ updated Oct 28, 2010, 11:34 AM ]

The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his deception, the one who lies with sincerity.  ~André Gide

(ALBUQUERQUE)---Attorney General Gary King has taken off the kid gloves in response to his opponent’s blatant lies and unethical behavior in the campaign.

“Matt Chandler continues to lie about my record as Attorney General and to make unsubstantiated statements that are interfering with ongoing criminal investigations by my office,” says AG King.  “You can’t get more unethical as a state prosecutor than to lie and attempt to sabotage a current corruption case, I could not stand by and let this young man besmirch me personally and more importantly, try to ruin the very types of cases he says he would prosecute if elected.”
  • Chandler has repeatedly claimed that the AG’s Office is doing nothing to address pay to play cases involving state investments when, in fact, the Attorney General’s Office has been involved for sometime.
  • Chandler says AG King was not involved in prosecuting the Manny Aragon Metro Courthouse case when, in fact, he had a prosecutor sitting at the table with the US Attorney the entire time as co-counsel.
  • Chandler falsely, publicly stated that AG King personally delayed and mischarged Jerome Block Jr. so that the defendant could get off...this highly unethical statement interferes with an ongoing case.
  • Chandler, in a public forum, quoted a statement made by the defendant in another ongoing corruption case claiming King was only prosecuting the case against former Secretary of State Rebecca Vigil-Giron because he wanted to be governor. Such support of a criminal defendant in an ongoing criminal case by a prosecutor is, again, highly unethical.

Additionally, Chandler rails at the exposure of his misappropriation of the truth in his TV campaign ad where he touts his record of convicting more than 30 murderers, but he fails to specify that he personally did not obtain those convictions. Yet, while he continues to pad his resume with the work done by other prosecutors, he hypocritically and untruthfully attacks Gary King by saying he has not aggressively prosecuted felony crimes as Attorney General.

Some major examples of felony prosecutions by AG King are:  (1) The conviction of Robert Young, a leader in a Santa Rosa prison gang, for the killing of prison guard Ralph Garcia in 1999. The jury returned guilty verdicts on felony first-degree murder and seven additional felonies. (2)  All four of the co-defendants in the federal State treasurer trial were prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office. Each co-defendant was convicted of a second degree felony in state district court. (3)  A guilty verdict was obtained in the trial of Roberta Vigil, former Director of West Las Vegas Schools Bilingual Education Program. Vigil was convicted of two felonies. (4) The major felony cases against Michael Souter, the “Casanova Con Man”; Angelo Garcia; and Henry Rivera. (5) The O’Hara father and son team convicted on child sexual exploitation felonies. (6) Raul Chavez, arrested in Mexico just a few days ago, a felony child sexual exploitation case that Gary King has been pursuing for four years. He finally got his man because he didn’t give up and his persistence paid off. The list continues but we think the point has been made.

“The list of lies to voters and things Matt Chandler does not want the voters to hear about goes on but these are the most egregious. Apparently, Chandler subscribes to the notion that if you tell a lie often enough people will believe it.  I do not think New Mexico voters are that that easily swayed,” according to King.



Analysis of data by the King campaign obtained from the New Mexico
Administrative Office of the Courts-Judicial Information Division
shows that the Ninth Judicial District has filed 16 murder cases since

Of the cases listed by Matt Chandler’s campaign, we can verify that: 
  • eight (8) were prosecuted by Mr. Chandler, 
  • four (4) were prosecuted by other attorneys in his office. It was not possible to verify who the prosecutor was, 
  • twelve (12) cases. In two (2) or more cases the majority of the work was completed by Chandler’s predecessor in office. Nine (9) cases listed appear to be homicides, other than murders and one (1) was a conviction in Federal court.

Chandler also failed in his list to note that a murder case against Larry
Lucero was dismissed and that William Joe Watson was acquitted of murder
and other charges brought in state court by Mr. Chandler.

The King campaign also noted that a glowing endorsement for Chandler in
a recent news release comes from an employee who works for Chandler’s
uncle, the Curry County Sheriff.

AG King Endorsed by SF New Mexican

posted Oct 21, 2010, 10:15 AM by James Ferreira

(SANTA FE)---Northern New Mexico's leading newspaper is recommending that Attorney General Gary King be re-elected for a second term.

Citing his honesty, competence, unflappability, and hard work, the Santa Fe New Mexican says in its endorsement:

"When it comes to competence and honesty, few of our state's public servants can match Attorney General Gary King. As a state representative, then as our state's leading law enforcer, he has a well-earned reputation for holding himself and other officeholders — especially his fellow Democrats — to statutory and common-sense standards of performance and integrity."

"It's always a shot in the arm whenever I get the support of a newspaper as prestigious as the Santa Fe New Mexican," says AG King. "It is also refreshing to see that someone recognizes that there is so much more involved in protecting New Mexico families than just being a prosecutor."

To read the full endorsement in the Santa Fe New Mexican, follow this link:

Chandler Sides with Defendant in AG Corruption Case

posted Oct 14, 2010, 2:46 PM by James Ferreira

(PORTALES)----In a surprising attack on Attorney General Gary King at a candidate forum last night in Portales, challenger Matt Chandler parroted unfounded allegations made by a defendant in one of AG King’s biggest ongoing corruption prosecutions.

“His use of statements made by the defendant to attack me interfere with the prosecution of one of our most important corruption cases against former Secretary of State Rebecca Vigil-Giron and three other defendants,” says AG King. “It’s the kind of mistake even a young prosecutor should not make in a public forum. Such irresponsible use of a corruption defendant’s statements could have a very damaging impact to the state’s prosecution of this case.”

Chandler repeatedly promises his biggest priority, if elected, is the fight against corruption...apparently that promise does not extend to current corruption cases being prosecuted by Attorney General King.

“I was surprised that my opponent would leave his prosecutorial ethics at the curb in order to support his own political agenda,” adds King. “He consistently says the AG’s job should not be about politics but he politicizes the ongoing work of this office every chance he gets. Not only are these outrageous statements hypocritical but they endanger the successful prosecution of corruption in the current cases we are working on.”

New Poll Shows AG King with 20 Point Lead

posted Oct 5, 2010, 10:33 AM by Editor Man

(ALBUQUERQUE)---An Albuquerque Journal poll finds Attorney General Gary King with a 52 percent to 32 percent lead over his Republican challenger.
The newspaper's poll states that King has secured the support of more than half of likely voters, thereby solidifying his support among Democrats, especially in northern part of the state which is traditionally a Democratic stronghold. Additionally, the poll indicates that AG King appears to be attracting significant numbers of undecided voters.
"I am very pleased with this new indicator," says Attorney General King. "The poll confirms that the public knows we are doing a good job of protecting New Mexico families. This includes fighting corruption, prosecuting child predators, preventing scams against the elderly and holding crooks accountable for cheating the system that provides medical care for our seniors. New Mexico voters realize that being Attorney General requires a wide range of experience and abilities to be successful at this job."

Gary Plays for Thousands of Supporters in Shiprock

posted Oct 4, 2010, 1:10 PM by Phil Sisneros

Attorney General Gary King played his saxophone for a crowd of nearly 100-thousand cheering fans during the Shiprock Navajo Fair Parade last Saturday. Standing in the bed of a pick-up, the AG delighted parade watchers with various tunes on his soprano sax as campaign volunteers handed out nearly four hundred pounds of candy to appreciative supporters along the miles-long parade route through the heart of Shiprock. See photos by following this link: Photos

AG King Continues to Collect Endorsements

posted Oct 1, 2010, 9:48 AM by James Ferreira

(ALBUQUERQUE)---Attorney General Gary King continues to amass a wide array of endorsements for his re-election bid from various professional and trade groups around New Mexico.

To date, AG King has received endorsements from the following organizations:

International Association of Fire Fighters Local 244
Animal Protection Voters
Sierra Club
National Rifle Association
Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters
International Union of Painters and Allied Trade
American Federation of Teachers New Mexico
Communications Workers of America Local 7076
Iron Workers Local 495
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
International Brotherhood of Teamsters
United Food and Commercial Workers
Albuquerque Lodge #1 Fraternal Order of Police
Laborers' International Union of North America Local Union # 16
Conservation Voters Alliance

"I think this is representative of the broad-based support for the job that I am doing," says King. "New Mexico is made up of a wide spectrum of people and interests and I am honored that many of them have seen fit to endorse the work I'm doing and will continue to do as Attorney General."

AG's TV Spots Hit The Air

posted Sep 23, 2010, 6:23 AM by James Ferreira   [ updated Sep 23, 2010, 9:20 AM by Editor Man ]

(ALBUQUERQUE)---Attorney General Gary King is stepping up his campaign for re-election with televised ads that highlight his work to protect New Mexico families.

"Its time for people to hear the truth about my record as Attorney General," says King. "Protecting our eldest citizens from scams; helping keep our young people safe online; fighting meth abuse; these are the things an Attorney General does and New Mexicans should know I'm working hard to keep getting the job done."

Both ads are available to viewers by clicking on Videos

Chandler Would Not Fight Drug Cartels or Terrorism

posted Sep 15, 2010, 12:33 PM by Phil Sisneros

(ALBUQUERQUE)---Attorney General Gary King says his opponent Matt Chandler has gone on record saying he would not continue current efforts to battle border crime and international terrorism.

"I was absolutely stunned to read in the newspaper that if elected as Attorney General, Chandler would discontinue the work we are doing to help Mexican law enforcement deal with the drug cartels, human trafficking, and potential terrorist threats to Mexico and the United States," says AG King. 

In an Albuquerque newspaper article last weekend Chandler discounted the cross border training of Mexican prosecutors and law enforcement officers:

"Chandler also criticizes the attorney general's assistance in training prosecutors in Mexico, where a fundamental shift in the justice system — to U.S.-style oral trials — is under way. King's office, using federal and state resources, trained Chihuahua prosecutors, then got the Conference of Western Attorneys General — which King leads — to broaden the program with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development. Chandler says he wouldn't do that as attorney general."

"My opponent's statement indicates he would abrogate the historic international agreement that my office brokered between the State of Chihuahua and New Mexico in response to rampant violence in the border area and the persistent threat of terrorist acts on both sides of the border," says Attorney General King. "It is very troubling that Chandler would apparently leave our state and nation vulnerable to the worst kinds of criminals in recent history."

King Outpaces Opponent in Fundraising

posted Sep 15, 2010, 12:24 PM by Phil Sisneros   [ updated Sep 15, 2010, 6:57 PM by James Ferreira ]

(ALBUQUERQUE)---Attorney General Gary King raised more than twice as much money as his opponent over the summer and raised more money in the first reporting period than Matt Chandler has raised during his entire campaign.

"We are fortunate that so many donors believe I have been doing a good job and that few people believe the misrepresentations of my record that my opponent has been making," says Attorney General King. "Those facts, combined with a commanding 15-point lead in the polls, are very encouraging to me as we step up our campaign for the remaining forty nine days."

Not only has the King campaign more than doubled what Chandler raised this reporting period, the Attorney General has more than twice as much cash on hand heading into the final leg of the race. Total cash on hand for AG King is now $340,348.86.

Attorney General King Ahead in Poll

posted Aug 31, 2010, 4:59 PM by James Ferreira   [ updated Sep 14, 2010, 9:27 PM ]

The Albuquerque Journal reports:
Poll respondents were asked whom they would vote for if the election were today: 48 percent said King and 33 percent said Chandler. The poll showed King with the support of 71 percent of the Democrats...
King also racked up support from 16 percent of the Republicans. 

Read more:ABQJOURNAL NEWS/STATE: King Ahead in AG Race

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