Friday, October 19, 2012

Reform NM Now Goes Up on TV

Reform New Mexico Now, the political action committee headed by Gov. Susana Martinez's political director Jay McCleskey has launched a new TV ad.

It's actually pretty mild for Reform New Mexico Now. There's not even a grainy photo of Manny Aragon in it anywhere. In fact the only individual named in it is the gov.

Here's what it says:

New Mexico is one of two states still giving drivers licenses to illegal immigrants. It attracts people from all over the world, some who want to do us harm. Gov. Susana Martinez is fighting to repeal the law. But she's being blocked in the Legislature. In this election support candidates who support our governor. Early voting runs until Nov. 3. Vote early and let's stop giving driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.
The anti-Martinez group Independent Source PAC is asking television stations to pull the ad, claiming the truth was "manipulated." In a news release, the group says that not two, but four states give driver's licenses to undocumented residents -- New Mexico plus Utah, Washington and California.

That's correct, though at least two of the other states have more restrictions than New Mexico.

Utah issues undocumented immigrants a "driver's privilege card," which can't be used as a government identification card.

Early this month Gov. Jerry Brown of California signed into law a measure making driver's licenses available to  if they are accepted by a federal program giving work permits to those who came to this country before they were 16 and are now 30 or younger.

But whether television stations would pull an ad for an incorrect number is pretty doubtful. How many thousands of other ads with far worse manipulations of truth are running across the country as we speak?

Here's the ad: