Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Kokesh Tells Yates to Play Fair

Adam Kokesh, running in the Republican primary for the 3rd Congressional District, wrote a letter to state GOP chairman Harvey Yates today. Kokesh asked Yates asking why the state party isn't criticizing his primary opponent Tom Mullins for "false statements" and "slander."
Adam Kokesh
The letter was spurred by Yates' recent public condemnation of gubernatorial candidate Allen Weh for his attack ad against rival Susana Martinez.

Here's the letter:

Chairman Yates,

Recently, you took a stand against conduct by one of our gubernatorial candidates that you determined to be dishonest. In a statement regarding the issue you said, "Republicans expect honesty in government. How likely is that result, if dishonesty in campaigning is tolerated in those we elect to run government?" While this is true, your conduct hardly reflects a commitment to honesty.

At the state party convention, you took no action against supporters of my primary opponent, Tom Mullins, when they circulated smear cards against against me which violated party rules, and as they lacked attribution, constituted a fourth degree felony under NM law. You then failed to follow state law in regards to the rounding of the vote total. Among those who knew what happened, your integrity failed.

Long before he resigned as San Juan County GOP Chair to more openly support my primary opponent and slander me publicly, Rod Montoya had been openly supporting my opponent. When we asked to meet with a representative of the Mullins campaign after he announced, he sent Montoya to speak on his behalf. When this was brought to your attention, you made the lame excuse that if a party official is supporting a candidate on "personal time" it does not violate the party rules of neutrality.

My opponent has also made deliberately false statements about me personally, and you have remained silent. According to the Albuquerque Journal, he even falsely claimed that I have never voted in New Mexico. He has publicly stated that I have "never held a real job." When Mullins made a statement to that effect on his blog, many veterans were deeply offended, and he was forced to constantly delete comments calling him out for this shameless attack. I can assure you that serving in combat with the United States Marine Corps in Fallujah was a real job!

It is time to speak out if you want to show that you are not just playing favorites and salvage your own integrity. If you believe that it is your role to police the conduct of candidates, please lead by example and join me in condemning Mullin's negative campaigning with false statements that threaten our ability to unseat Ben Ray Lujan. For the sake of the party, let us focus on how we can better meet the concerns of voters regarding jobs and the economy so that we can take back our state in November.

Sincerely,

Adam Kokesh
Proud Republican candidate to represent New Mexico's 3rd Congressional District


UPDATE: This letter was sent only to Yates and Republican county chairs.

8 comments:

  1. HELLS YEAH! Go figure-someone actually doing what they say and holding to their integrity!

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  2. I'm excited to see that someone has the backbone and courage to stand up for what is right, even if it is unpopular! Since I moved to New Mexico years ago, I have been shocked by how politics are "done" in this state. I was undecided as to who I was going to vote for, but Adam Kokesh just earned my vote. If he will stand up to New Mexican politicians, I know he will do the same in D.C. Good luck young man!

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  3. I am absolutely outraged as well by the conduct of GOP chairman Harvey Yates. This is truly a reflection of the dirty politics and corruption in D.C - everything Adam is running to stand up against. I think Mr. Yates should be removed from his position.

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  4. I think its BS that people can stoop to lies and slander on America's Vets that are standing up for 9/11 Truth and that have fought for this country. These Big Bankers need to go down, and need to get out of America's Elections and News, kick them out of the Country! If campaign contributions were limited to 100 dollars per person per year, I think we would have a much better country.

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  5. @911Truthseeker, You sound like a pys-op plant. Adam is not, nor has ever been, a "truther."

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  6. Awesome job of reprimanding the chair.

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  7. Politicians are scared to support Adam Koksesh for the same reasons that they shy away from Ron Paul. Limited government is not what they want. They want their pork barrel projects, they want power. Thank goodness Adam and others like him are stepping up to reign in that power and ensure that the boundaries setup in the constitution are adhered to.

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  8. If Republicans don't win the primary, it's because of idiots like Chairman Yates

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