From ATP President, Graham Bartlett:
I never cease to be amazed at the lack of honesty and integrity of some people when it comes to politics. The fabricating of out-and-out lies for the purpose of stirring the emotions in their followers is mind boggling. I would like to share a letter with you partially to illustrate my point and also to set the record straight on where the Albuquerque TEA Party (ATP) stands.
The letter comes from Progressive Champions PAC. They attempt to incriminate the Albuquerque TEA Party in the upcoming school board election.
"APS elections are just 3 weeks away and our Tea Party is targeting four more seats - enough to give them a majority on the APS board - and the tactics they are using are right out of the national Tea Party playbook."
As our supporters know, we do not support any candidates during any election. The letter also references our forum on January 17th, which was moderated by the League of Women's Voters. We invited all candidates to participate. If some of the democrats chose not to participate, that was their choice.
A question I have is, what is the Tea Party Playbook? The ATP has never been given a "Playbook" and I, as president, have never seen one.
This next quote is even more interesting:
"They are running board members of the Albuquerque Tea Party, promising to roll back required anti-discrimination laws and using fake news to fire up the right-wing base they need to fire up."
The reference to running board members is that Brian Tierney, an ATP board member (not vice president as the letter says), decided on his own, as an Albuquerque citizen, to run for the school board. No one on the ATP board asked him to and we have not given him any support.
The letter also says, "Kayla Marshall's campaign is managed by an active Tea Party member." First, I do not know who this TEA Party member is and second, the ATP does not tell our supporters what they as individuals can and cannot do. Because someone is active in the ATP and at the same time is helping a candidate does not make that activity an official ATP activity.
Finally, I would urge the writers of the Progressive Champions PAC letter share with us this "Fake News" that is supposed to get the right-wing base fired up. The "Right Wing Base" does not get fired up over fake news because they think with their heads and check news sources.
I urge the Progressive Champions PAC to check their sources before they print accusations such as in this letter. Printing unsubstantiated information only serves to diminish their honesty and their integrity. And THAT is why the democratic party and the progressive movement is slipping away into oblivion.
A question - if a candidate's supporters use lies and emotional images to influence the electorate, is that a reflection on the honesty and integrity of the candidate? Unless the candidate openly denies any association with that group, I would have to think so. History supports that a person who uses these tactics to win an election continues with the practice once they are in office.
As we all know, putting incumbents back into office and expecting different results is a definition of insanity. If you like the way the school board is running APS, by all means, vote the incumbents back in. Otherwise, let us communicate our dissatisfaction with the current board's performance and the behavior of their supporters and put new faces on the board.
I urge everyone to get out and vote. Otherwise, the unscrupulous people in our society will get out and vote their own kind onto the APS Board.
Early voting is over. Here is a clickable map of polling locations open through February 7. Elections are being held for APS districts 3, 5, 6 and 7. Remember, when it comes to local elections, every vote counts!
There are two, self evident success factors to a thriving New Mexico: A Business-friendly economic environment and a well-educated workforce.
The fact of the matter is, though, that we can have in place the best economic policies and still find ourselves at the bottom of the barrel should we not create an educated workforce to support a good economic environment.
The Board of the largest, most critical public school system in New Mexico has failed our children and our state far too long. It is time for a significant change!
Four APS Board seats are up for contestation. By putting in place common-sense conservatives in those seats, we can begin to build toward a prosperous tomorrow!
As is often said, elections have consequences. And, in this most local of races, your vote counts! Come to this evening's ATP Candidate Forum to evaluate and choose who you will support for the upcoming APS Board election on February 7.
Our children's future, and that of our state, is in your hands.
ATP January 2017 General Meeting
COME LEARN, DECIDE & VOTE YOUR CHOICE
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. UNM Continuing Ed Building, Room C.
1634 University Blvd, Near the NE corner of University & Indian School
SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE FORUM
Hosted by the Albuquerque Tea Party
Moderated by the League of Women Voters
All residents are invited to attend this open forum.
Learn about the candidates' views and goals
as they campaign for a seat on the Board.
Free Refreshments & free literature!
Make your vote count in the School Board election!
ALBUQUERQUE TEA PARTY
August General Meeting
Tuesday, August 16, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
UNM Continuing Ed Building, auditorium
1634 University Blvd,
Near the NE corner of University & Indian School
Bernalillo County Clerk Candidate
Topic: DOES YOUR VOTE COUNT?
History of voting in Bernalillo
Steps in the voting process from beginning to end.
There will be time for questions
from the audience.
Doors will open at 6:30 for a social and meet and greet
The ATP will provide free refreshments for all
Program starts at 7:00 P.M.
A pair, two things that are similar, such as twins (which I know a lot about). But also, two things which are different but together form an essential combination – yin and yang, positive and negative, progressive and conservative. For the next few months, let’s look at some pairs, essential for the successful life of our country.
There are many of you out there, like me, that are disgusted with the federal primaries – on both sides. Petty personal attacks, lies, and no discussion about the REAL issues facing this country. A natural reaction is to just give up on the whole thing, since our vote doesn’t really count anyway, and go back to living our normal, everyday lives, adding value to our families, our work, and our communities.
On the other hand (the other half of the pair), while all the campaigning for president is going on, we have local races in our communities and our state that are also very important. Our local and state politicians make decisions that directly affect our lives and our pocketbooks. The Albuquerque School elections being a case in point. The history of those elections shows bond issues worth millions and APS board members win or lose by just a handful of votes. In local races, your vote counts – a lot!
Even if you are turned off by the presidential fiasco, stay informed about local races. There are lots of sources of good information, such as Rio Grande Foundation, New Mexico Business Coalition, and of course, the Albuquerque Tea Party plus other sources. Stay informed, and Vote Local!
By the way, your vote does count at the presidential race, too and is very important. Chin up – silly season will be over soon.
President ATP Board
The Albuquerque Tea Party is hosting a judicial candidate forum , Tuesday evening, 7:00pm, July 19, 2016 at the UNM Continuing Ed. Center, 1634 University Blvd. NE, Albuquerque NM.
Everyone is Welcome ! Free Refreshments! Meet & Greet begins at 6:30pm.
The following candidates have been invited:
NM Supreme Court Justice Judith Nakamura
Candidate for NM Court of Appeals Judge Stephan French
2nd Judicial Court Judge David Williams
We also pleased to announce that our guest moderator is
Metropolitan Court Chief Justice Henry Alaniz.
Save the Date
On the 3rd Tuesday of each month the Albuquerque Tea Party meets with fellow conservatives at the UNM Continuing Education Conference Center from 7 to 8:30 PM. Come early and bring a friend or two!
The ATP Newswire is a collection of choice headlines that speak to Liberty and highlight big government malfeasance.