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Editorial: GOP letter crossed the line

Come on state GOP. You should have known better than to use a lawmaker’s name without permission and forge his signature on a political mailing that included the state seal.

Whose boneheaded idea was this?

A letter asking for donations that appeared to be written by Rep. Nate Gentry, R-Albuquerque, but wasn’t, was sent by the state Republican Party to nearly 11,000 New Mexico homes. Not only did it contain a signature that Gentry says isn’t his, it misspelled the first name of Gov. Susana Martinez and used the state seal, which is totally inappropriate for private political mailings.

Under the seal, Gentry is listed as “Speaker of the House Majority Leader.” Of course there is no such thing. Gentry is House Majority Leader, but not Speaker of the House. The bottom of the first page of the letter lists Gentry’s home address, home phone and email address,

A spokesman for the egg-faced state Republican Party blamed it on political consultants and an “oversight” with a vendor. Let’s hope the consultants get fired ASAP. Gentry, who was reported as saying he never reviewed the mailing and only found out about it from friends, was understandably upset.

Both political parties plus various advocacy groups have ramped up the email warfare. And there is great leeway in how far anyone can go in political speech. But oversight or not, this kind of political chicanery should give all New Mexicans pause no matter what their political affiliation.

This editorial first appeared in the Albuquerque Journal. It was written by members of the editorial board and is unsigned as it represents the opinion of the newspaper rather than the writers.