Sunday evening’s debate was a virtual slugfest, with Albuquerque City Councilor Dan Lewis and State Auditor Tim Keller availing themselves of every opportunity to take a shot at the other on everything from public safety issues to whom the rank and file police officers truly support.
But unlike in previous debates in which Lewis has mostly gone on the offensive and Keller has fought back, Sunday’s televised debate featured a much more aggressive Keller. He hammered away at Lewis, arguing that during the eight years that Lewis has served on the council, crime has skyrocketed and the economy has suffered with “flatlining jobs,” flat wages and young people leaving the city.
“At the end of the day, all of these things happened under your watch,” Keller charged. “The bus is going over a cliff, and you’re asking for a promotion. That’s just not the way it works. You had eight years to deal with all of these issues.”
Lewis threw numerous punches of his own, repeatedly charging that Keller has a record “of putting criminals before law-abiding citizens,” bringing up the ethics complaints Keller is facing over campaign finance practices and even accusing him of doing nothing when he served in the state Senate for six years.