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Turner blasts GOP chair for taking sides in Martinez/Weh flap
Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Turner issued a statement this week criticizing state Republican Party chairman Harvey Yates, Jr. for getting involved in a dispute between Republican gubernatorial frontrunners Susana Martinez and Allen Weh.
“For Chairman Harvey Yates to take sides in a negative ad war is inappropriate and it betrayed the neutrality to which GOP officials must adhere,” said Turner. “Party officials must trust the wisdom of the GOP electorate to do what’s right and not intervene in a way that supports one candidate over another.
Yates got involved after an exchange of negative ads between Martinez, the Doña Ana County District Attorney, and Weh, a former state party chair.
In a press release, the state Republican Party announced they had reviewed two of the ads, one from Weh and one Martinez, at the center of the dispute. They found that Martinez’s ad was supported by the facts and that Weh’s was not.
“”Dishonesty in political advertising should not be tolerated in either party,” Yates said in a statement. “I believe it to be quite unfortunate that one of the Republican gubernatorial candidates has issued ads which are so misleading.”
The party took exception to a claim in a Weh ad that Martinez had not paid her taxes. The tax problems had to do with the District Attorney’s office.
Weh’s campaign responded by sending a statement that said, “Fortunately, rank and file Republicans – not party bosses and the media – will decide who wins this nomination, and we further believe their choice will be a successful businessman who has created jobs, not a career politician whose only real professional experience is as a government lawyer.”
All just another day in politics when a close primary election looms.