It’s come to our attention that our opponent, Santa Fe Mayor David Coss, and/or organizations behind his campaign, have begun using the unethical practice of “push polling” to contact members of our community.
Push polls are phone calls designed to persuade voters under the dishonest pretense of conducting an independent survey, often by insinuating negative or misleading information about the other candidate and/or implying misleading or false positive information about their candidate.
The American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) unequivocally condemns push polling as a violation under their Code of Ethics, accurately calling it a “degradation of the political process”:
These calls can feel threatening and intrusive. It’s important that you understand the following:
- You have the right not to be harassed in your own home by these callers. It’s okay to tell them you don’t want them to call you again, and they must abide by your request.
- You have the right not to answer their questions or give them any personal information at all without fear of political reprisals.
- You have the right to require them to tell you which organization they’re calling from, which organization or candidate they’re funded by, and what their contact information is.
This is exactly the kind of unethical campaigning and political shenanigans that our campaign is taking a stand against. And with your help, we can bring honesty, democracy and citizen representation back to the Roundhouse and restore the integrity of our Democratic Party as the party of the people.
Now’s our time to create the change we want!
On Monday, we received an invitation from the Santa Fe Democratic Party of Santa to participate in a Machine-sponsored public forum.
We welcome honest, fair public debate — that’s a big part of what our campaign is about bringing back to New Mexico. But we have some issues with this particular invitation…
The Machine’s invitation and our response is below. And you can see the original copy of the letter we sent to them here: http://carltrujillo.com/Carl_Trujillo_Forum_Invite_Response_3-22-12.pdf
So we decline your invitation to participate in a Machine-sponsored forum. Which means that if Mayor Coss would like to attend the “debate” you propose, I expect he’ll be debating with himself. But that’s probably okay – that’s pretty much what the Political Machine here in New Mexico does most of the time anyway.
I would like to invite you to two forums, on in Tesuque area and one here at headquarters. I am looking at the week of April 23 Mon-Thur. Please let me know if you have any conflicts. Subject to your impute, the time will be 6-7:30; questions presented to a moderator in writing in advance or at the forum. 3 minute opening. Then the same question to each candidate, rotating who goes first. 2 minute answer. I might add a 1 minute rebuttal each to make it more of a debate format. No closing.
Our only opponent will be Santa Fe Mayor David Coss.
The choice in this race, just like when we nearly defeated Ben Lujan Sr., is clear: a corrupt and outdated Democratic Party Machine that puts itself before the needs of the community vs. a citizen’s legislator who will put the needs of the community first.
I’m a lifelong Democrat and I come from generations of lifelong Democrats. I believe in what the Democratic Party is supposed to stand for as the party of the people.
But as many of us know too well, New Mexico’s Democratic Party Machine has lost sight of these ideals. In public, the Machine talks the talk about fairness and democracy, but behind closed doors, it rules by threats and intimidation, and puts interests of their politician-friends and cronies above the will of the people.
These next two and a half months will fly by, and during that time we’re going to spend every available minute reaching out to listen to you and your concerns.
But no need to wait for us to knock on your door — if you have something to say, email us and tell us what kind of change you want to see in our state government!
And to stay up to date with our campaign, click here to”like” our brand-new Facebook page — we’ll post press releases and campaign updates there first — before we send them to the press or anywhere else.
Now’s the time to create the change we need!
Today, Mayor David Coss is expected to announce his candidacy for state representative here in District 46.
Mr. Coss has decided that he will stay on as mayor whether he gets elected or not, because, he says, “being mayor is too much fun.”
Too much fun.
While our community is suffering from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression…
While our families are struggling to keep their homes and their jobs, and to put food on the table…
While our friends and neighbors are suffering…
Mr. Coss is indeed having too much fun being mayor.
We need a representative who takes the job of serving the people seriously. Not somebody who wants to be in office just because it’s fun. But that’s the Democratic Party Machine for you — it’s always about what they want, not about what we need.
As a father, a community member and a local business owner, I know firsthand how hard things are right now. My priority as your representative will be to represent you, not to have fun.
Help us put someone in office who takes their responsibility to you seriously. Now’s the time to create the change we need!