ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A barrage of hard-hitting campaign mailers sent in the days leading up to this month’s primary election may have tipped the scales in a GOP contest in House District 32.
The mailers highlighted past abuse allegations against a youth program run by Tierra Blanca Ranch and were sent by Advance New Mexico Now, a Super PAC run by Gov. Susana Martinez’s political adviser, Jay McCleskey.
Scott Chandler, a Deming Republican who owns the Sierra County ranch, has decried the mailers as “bully tactics” by Albuquerque-based consultants in a southwestern New Mexico race.
“The ‘machine’ operatives spent thousands in a local primary where their presence was neither invited, wanted, nor appropriate,” Chandler said in a recent statement.