Tinsley campaign downplays GOP affiliation

Posted 9/30/2008 10:35:00 AM

The campaign of Republican 2nd Congressional District candidate Ed Tinsley is gaining some national attention because of a video that shows his wife saying the campaign is downplaying Tinsley’s party affiliation.

Here’s the video:

“When the primary was over, all our signs had Republican on them, and we had to have everything totally redone without the Republican -- all our stickers, everything,” Tinsley’s wife Meredith says in the video.

The video was first posted by The Politico.

“Keep in mind that the district is the most Republican district in New Mexico, and hasn’t elected a Democrat to Congress since 1980. It gave President Bush 58 percent of the vote in 2004,” the Web site’s article states. “But Democrats believe they have a real chance to buck history, nominating Harry Teague, a conservative oilman who supports offshore oil drilling, to represent the energy-rich district.”

Tinsley spokesman Jim Pettit said there isn’t much significance to the video.

“The video clip at a recent campaign event simply reflects what is already in our television commercials, which also make no mention of party affiliation,” he said. “Southern New Mexico has a long tradition of upholding conservative values, which is more important to highlight than party affiliation.”

The Teague campaign declined to comment. The Teague-backing Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sent The Politico’s article to reporters but declined to comment on it.

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2 Comments:

At 11:45 AM, September 30, 2008, Blogger Hemingway said...

Mr. Ed III said that he was raised by moderate Democrats, but, when he was dating his now-wife in 1976 and proposed to her in Midland, Texas, the first question she asked was, “You are a Republican, aren’t you?”

He became one after that and has remained one for more than three decades.

Now he is ashamed to be a Republican!

 
At 12:39 PM, September 30, 2008, Blogger politicagal said...

When I first moved to the county I now live in, it was a common practice for republicans to not put their party affiliation on their signs and all literature. They think they can fool the people into voting for them without knowing which party they belong to.They are still republicans regardless of what they do not have on their signs. Why do candidates run for office and the when they get the nomination of their party seem to turn on them or turn away from them. In this day and age there is absolutuely no loyalty to a party. The bottom line is all about winning at what ever the cost. Ed Tinsley is wise to take republican off his campaign materials especially in Otero county where he was demonized by officials in the republican party when he ran against Pearce in 2002.I am sure they still know he is a republican. Our country has reached an economic and diplomatic low under the present administration. We have the highest debt since Hoover. History tells us that when we are in financial trouble the voters generally support the party that is not in power(President). I hope that is true in this race. If Ed Tinsley can't be loyal to the party that put him there. I don't think we have much hope he will be loyal to the voters of the Second Congressional district.

 

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