ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque mayoral candidate Ricardo Chaves had a tough time during Tuesday night’s mayoral forum, tripping over his own words and at times appearing flustered; his campaign attributed the poor performance to Chaves being distracted by “death threats he has received this past weekend.”
Chaves’ campaign issued a news release early Wednesday morning acknowledging that he was “a bit off” during the Tea Party forum, and stating that police are investigating the threats, which were deemed to be “credible.” According to the release — issued three-and-a-half hours after the forum had ended — the death threats were accompanied by “threats to steal his car and extort thousands of dollars from him.”
“We suggested to Ricardo that he pull out of the forum, but he insisted on participating and not breaking his pledge to show up for this important event, which was admirable,” campaign manager Bob Cornelius said in the release. According to the campaign, Chaves was asked to not remain at his home for several days while police investigated the threats.
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