Monday, July 23, 2007


Thank you to all the folks in District 4 that enabled me to have the required number of signatures as of last Thursday, to be on the October 2, 2007 ballot for City Councilor.
It was a pleasure to meet you all and I look forward to representing you in the very near future.
Have a wonderful week.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Elect a Councilor who WANTS the Job

While my opponent has been trying to distract the voters with a silly email sent by someone who wanted to be a part of this campaign, and was trying to enlist more aid, (Do the voters really care about who works on a campaign?) the real issues are on the front page of our widely read newspaper. One blogger asked where is the news, well, they are doing their job, reporting the facts, here they are.

Readers of yesterday morning’s ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL found out that our incumbent Councilor doesn’t want to represent us on the City Council; what he REALLY wants is to be the highest-paid Superintendent of Schools in New Mexico. No wonder. Why worry about parks and potholes representing your neighbors on City Council, when there’s a $193,000 paycheck waiting for him in the Superintendent of Schools’ office?
Trouble is, we’ve got some serious problems here in the City of Albuquerque: the schools are crumbling (largely because of my opponent’s negligence as an administrator for APS); people are afraid in their homes; there are too few places for our kids to play; and our neighbors are having a difficult time making ends meet because they tell me their taxes are too high.
In times like these, we need – we deserve – a Councilor who is seriously committed to doing the job – not a job-seeker. In just this Term, our incumbent has sought to run for Mayor, and now he’s looking to become Schools Superintendent. At the same time, he says he wants our support for City Council.
With all due respect, sir: make up your mind. Meanwhile, I hope the voters are making up theirs.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Not a bad apple, but a green one I'll admit!!

All of us make mistakes, ordinary citizens, professional politicians, and bureaucrats alike, the difference between ordinary citizens like me and the professional politicians and the bureaucrats like my opponent is that I admit my mistakes and set them straight.
Today on his website,
asks the question am I a "bad apple"?
In the interest of giving the voters all the facts, here is the complete exchange with Joe Monahan: His question and my answer.

hi p---emailers ask--what is with the apple computer on your campaign spending form?....a laptop or desktop? is that a reasonable expenditure--some liken it to pat lyons and his buying a truck with camapign funds that he would get to keep after the campaign--win or say? regards, J

Hi Joe, there is a regulation you should read:

"Page 9
Part E
Number 8
Communication Systems Purchase or lease of computers, telephone systems and other related communication devices used in campaign activities.
SECTION 8 (D) (1) - (6)"

As I was specifically directed by an Attorney for the City of Albuquerque, and as allowed in the Regulations above, I bought 2 computers and 2 printers for my campaign.
While completely legal, on reflection, I do not like the message this transaction could send, so the Campaign began the process of voiding the sale of these items on Saturday,
so that the Campaign can LEASE this equipment instead.

Thanks for the inquiry, but now can we talk about the issues that really matter to people, like how APS has allowed our schools to crumble?
Take care,

That is my statement in it's entirety, concerning the purchase of computer equipment.

In addition, I have decided, in the interest of allowing us all to focus on the REAL issues, that no individual who is related to me will receive any reimbursement for services rendered on behalf of this campaign, and I will account in detail for every penny of public funds spent to get our message out. I support Public Financing of Campaigns and oppose the kind of "gottcha" politics being engaged in by my opponent and the special interests who fund him.