Saturday, July 15, 2006

Richardson's Opponent Makes Inappropriate and Offensive Remarks

Is John Dendahl New Mexico's version of Montana Senator Conrad Burns? Burns, as you may or may not know, has a long history of making offensive remarks about women, minorities and Native Americans. Now, Dendahl, who is Governor Richardson's opponent in the election, has made offensive remarks about New Mexico Hispanics.
Dendahl said during a radio talk show earlier this week that lawmakers have failed to adequately deal with the problem of repeat drunken drivers because "the Legislature understands that statistically ... too many people who are repeat offenders happen to have Spanish last names."
As if that wasn't bad enough, Dendahl then accused New Mexico state legislators of not enacting tougher laws against drunken driving because "that would be racist".

With comments like these, John Dendahl is not going to be making any friends in the Hispanic community, which comprises a significant part of the population in New Mexico, or in the state legislature. And while John Dendahl is out there dividing New Mexicans, Governor Richardson is bringing them together. To the people of New Mexico, if you want a blowhard vote for Dendahl, but if you want a Governor vote for Richardson.

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