New Mexico Attorney General election, 2010

From Ballotpedia
Revision as of 07:17, 2 May 2014 by JerrickA (Talk | contribs)

(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff)
Jump to: navigation, search
AttyGenLogo.jpg
State Attorney General 2010 elections
AlabamaArizonaArkansasCalifornia
ColoradoConnecticutDelawareFloridaGeorgia
IdahoIllinoisIowaKansasMaryland
MassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaNebraska
NevadaNew MexicoNew YorkNorth Dakota
OhioOklahomaRhode IslandSouth Carolina
South DakotaTexasVermontWisconsin

Candidates for State Attorney General, 2010


Polls, 2010 State Attorney General elections

2010 Election information
Primary election dates
Statewide elections, 2010
November 2nd General Election results

National Association of Attorneys General

AttyGenLogo.jpg Attorney General news headlines
The New Mexico Attorney General election of 2010 was held on November 2, 2010. Incumbent Democrat Gary King held off a challenge from his Republican opponent, Ninth Judicial District attorney Matthew Chandler.

Race tracking

See also: 2010 State Attorneys General/Election Racetracking

Both Ballotpedia and Governing magazine predicted a Democratic victory.

2010 Race Rankings for New Mexico Attorney General
Race Tracker Race Rating
Ballotpedia Likely Democrat
Governing[1] Leans Democrat
Overall Call Leans Democrat

General Election campaign

Candidates

Republican Party Republican Party - Ninth Judicial District attorney Matthew Chandler
Democratic Party Democratic Party - Incumbent Gary King

General election results

2010 Race for Attorney General - General Election[2]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Gary King 53.7%
     Republican Party Matthew Chandler 46.3%
Total Votes 597,644

Debates

October 12th - ENMU

On October 12th, Eastern New Mexico University (ASENMU) hosted a debate between the two major party candidates in the state attorney general contest - Democratic incumbent Gary King and Republican challenger Matthew Chandler. Topics of the discussion included restoring confidence in state government, sealing the border with Mexico, improving the effect illegal immigrants have on the state with extra costs and more crime, and the federal health insurance mandate. The Associated Students of Eastern New Mexico University (ASENMU) and the Clovis High Plains Patriots sponsored the event.

October 17th - NMSU

The New Mexico State University College Republicans student organization sponsored the second debate between King and Chandler held on Sunday, October 17th at the Corbett auditorium in the Corbett Center Student Union on the New Mexico State University campus.

Endorsements

Matthew Chandler

  • Albuquerque Journal, local newspaper[3][4]
  • Albuquerque Police Officers’ Association (APOA)[5]
  • Can-Do Conservatives of America[6]
  • New Mexico Fraternal Order of the Police (FOP)[7]
  • New Mexico Right to Life[8]

Gary King

Polling

See also: Polls, 2010 State Attorney General elections

Lake Research Poll

Lake Research Partners, a national public opinion and political strategy research firm, interviewed 600 likely New Mexico voters from across the state between August 2 and 4, 2010. The polling data shows that District Attorney Matthew Chandler has his work cut out for him in the campaign to replace Democratic incumbent Gary King. In addition to being behind King overall by nineteen percentage points, Chandler has a severe lack of support among independent voters, who back his opponent 47-17 percent. Name recognition is a serious issue, as only seventeen percent of those surveyed knew who the young D.A. was as opposed to King, with whom 2/3 of voters interviewed were familiar with.

Lake Research Poll - August 2 - 4, 2010[12]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Gary King (D) 47%
Matthew Chandler (R) 28%
Undecided 25%
Total voters 600

Albuquerque Journal Poll

Albuquerque Journal Poll - August 23 - 27, 2010[13]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Gary King (D) 48%
Matthew Chandler (R) 33%
Undecided 19%
Total voters 942

Finances

According to the New Mexico Campaign Finance Information System, as of September 23, 2010, here is the breakdown of campaign finances for each of the candidates:

Matthew Chandler Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [14] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
July 2 - September 6, 2010[15] September 13, 2010 $125,002.84 $113,437.07 $7,557.60 $0.00 $71,985.80 $166,454.11
Gary King Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [14] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
July 2 - September 6, 2010[16] September 13, 2010 $145,370.73 $273,415.00 $3,000.00 $0.00 $78,436.87 $340,348.86

June 1, 2010 primaries

See also: New Mexico gubernatorial election, 2010; New Mexico Secretary of State election, 2010

Donkey symbol.png Democratic primary

Candidates

Electoral results

Finances

According to the New Mexico Campaign Finance Information System, as of July 13, 2010, here is the breakdown of campaign finances for each of the candidates:

Gary King Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [14] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
May 25 - June 25, 2010[17] July 1, 2010 $137,282.42 $21,760.00 $3,000.00 $0.00 $13,671.69 $145,370.73
May 3 - May 25, 2010[18] May 27, 2010 $103,123.11 $57,975.00 $0.00 $0.00 $23,815.69 $137,282.42
April 5 - May 3, 2010[19] May 10, 2010 $93,221.83 $14,140.00 $1,475.00 $0.00 $4,238.72 $103,123.11
January 1 - April 5, 2010[20] April 13, 2010 $0.00 $166,271.14 $4,250.00 $0.00 $73,049.31 $93,221.83

Gop logo2.jpg Republican primary

Candidates

Electoral results

Finances

According to the New Mexico Campaign Finance Information System, as of July 13, 2010, here is the breakdown of campaign finances for each of the candidates:

Matthew Chandler Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [14] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
May 25 - June 25, 2010[22] July 1, 2010 $108,433.71 $22,372.97 $3,940.00 $0.00 $5,803.84 $125,002.84
May 3 - May 25, 2010[23] May 27, 2010 $98,975.69 $13,825.00 $150.00 $0.00 $4,366.98 $108,433.71
April 5 - May 3, 2010[24] May 10, 2010 $62,720.27 $41,837.63 $1,050.00 $0.00 $5,582.21 $98,975.69
January 1 - April 5, 2010[25] April 12, 2010 $3,548.41 $67,883.43 $1,353.08 $0.00 $8,711.57 $62,720.27

Controversies

Cover up allegation

In March 2010, King launched an investigation into allegations that Secretary of State Mary Herrera "[solicited] donations from companies that contract with her office and [ordered] some of her employees to gather signatures on petitions for her re-election campaign."[26] The source of the accusations was a scathing resignation letter written by A. J. Salazar, a former deputy district attorney who quit after only eleven months on the job, claiming the secretary of state's office was a "crooked organization."[27] Herrera denied Salazar's accusations, arguing that the "real reason he left the office was because he wanted spring break off and he didn’t want to go to work."[28]

Portions of the letter were first published by The Albuquerque Journal; a full version was later released to the public through the Rio Grande Sun. Despite numerous requests from local media outlets, the Secretary of State's Office initially refused to publish the letter, claiming that it was a personnel matter and that the email resignation did not qualify for release under the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act.[29] The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, however, disagreed with that assessment. Finally, a little over two weeks after Salazar resigned from office, Herrera's office released a heavily redacted version of his letter.[30]

Nearly five months after the case was first brought to the attention of the State Attorney General's Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was brought in to determine whether or not Gary King "attempted to cover up allegations of wrongdoing."[31] Requests for federal involvement were made by Manny Vildasol and James Flores, both of whom worked in the Secretary of State's Office, as office manager and public information officer, respectively.

Pay-to-sue

New Mexico

On April 16, 2009, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) published an editorial centered on the ethically questionable practice of state attorneys general "accepting large campaign donations from law firms, then turning around and retaining those firms in no-bid contracts for 'off-the-shelf' suits that require little original work."[32] While the article focused primarily on the relationship between Governor of Pennsylvania Ed Rendell and the Houston-based firm of attorney F. Kenneth Bailey, it did highlight the fact that the Houston attorney also made a contribution of "$50,000 to New Mexico AG Gary King" right before his 2006 election.[33]

King subsequent response to a passing reference in the editorial prompted the WSJ to investigate further the political connections between King's office and the law firm of F. Kenneth Bailey. Not only was it uncovered that "the firm was later retained by the state of New Mexico to sue a pharmaceutical company in a suit similar to others the firm had tried"[32], it was further revealed that "five months lapsed between two contracts that the state attorney general’s office signed." Despite the absence of a contract, "the law firm continued to work."[34]

See also

External links

General Election candidates

References

  1. Governing “Attorney General Race Ratings” 12 Oct. 2010
  2. New Mexico Secretary of State - 2010 General Election Results
  3. Albuquerque Journal, "Endorsements for Three Statewide Races" 10 Oct. 2010
  4. New Mexico Independent, "Journal endorses Duran, Chandler, Balderas in SOS, AG, Auditor races" 11 Oct. 2010
  5. Matthew Chandler for Attorney General, "Matt Chandler Scores Endorsement from APOA" 22 Sept. 2010
  6. Can-Do Conservatives of America - Endorsements
  7. Matthew Chandler for Attorney General, "Chandler Endorsed by NM FOP" 4 Oct. 2010
  8. Right to Life Committee of New Mexico PAC - 2010 Candidate Information
  9. Communication Workers of America - Endorsements
  10. AFL-CIO - 2010 Endorsements
  11. New Mexico Sierra Club, "Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter Endorses Gary King for New Mexico Attorney General" 9 Aug. 2010
  12. Lake Research Partners, "Attorney General Gary King Poised to Win Re-election" 27 Aug. 2010
  13. New Mexico Politics, "King leads Chandler in two polls" 31 Aug. 2010
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 As these are not cash contributions, they are not reflected in the reported ending balance.
  15. New Mexico Campaign Finance Information System - Matthew Chandler First General Report 2010
  16. New Mexico Campaign Finance Information System - Gary King First General Report 2010
  17. New Mexico Campaign Finance Information System - Gary King Fourth Primary Report 2010
  18. New Mexico Campaign Finance Information System - Gary King Third Primary Report 2010
  19. New Mexico Campaign Finance Information System - Gary King Second Primary Report 2010
  20. New Mexico Campaign Finance Information System - Gary King First Primary Report 2010
  21. Portales News-Tribune, "Matt Chandler running for state attorney general" 3 Feb. 2010
  22. New Mexico Campaign Finance Information System - Matthew Chandler Fourth Primary Report 2010
  23. New Mexico Campaign Finance Information System - Matthew Chandler Third Primary Report 2010
  24. New Mexico Campaign Finance Information System - Matthew Chandler Second Primary Report 2010
  25. New Mexico Campaign Finance Information System - Matthew Chandler First Primary Report 2010
  26. The Santa Fe New Mexican, "Resignation letter rips Secretary of State Mary Herrera" 4 March, 2010
  27. New Mexico Independent, "Herrera runs ‘a crooked organization,’ former elections head claims" 4 March, 2010
  28. New Mexico Independent, "Herrera says Salazar resigned because she denied leave request" 11 March, 2010
  29. New Mexico Independent, "SOS refuses to release Salazar’s resignation letter" 4 March, 2010
  30. New Mexico Independent, "SOS releases redacted version of Salazar’s resignation letter" 19 March, 2010
  31. New Mexico Independent, "King attempted cover up of allegations against Herrera, attorney says" 27 Aug. 2010
  32. 32.0 32.1 Clearly New Mexico, "The Karma of Quack: Gary King and Pay-to-Sue" 29 April, 2009
  33. Wall Street Journal, "The Pay-to-Sue Business" 16 April, 2009
  34. New Mexico Independent, "Timing of AG’s contracts with law firm raises questions" 28 April, 2009