Block response: No intent to mislead

Block response: No intent to mislead

There are 21 comments on the The Santa Fe New Mexican story from Oct 10, 2008, titled Block response: No intent to mislead. In it, The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that:

Jerome Block, Jr. was only "negligent" when he told reporters that he'd spent public campaign money to pay a band led by a Las Vegas political figure to play at a rally which never took place, and his "intent ...

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Maassive

Santa Fe, NM

#1 Oct 11, 2008
SFR's analysis of the Block letter here:
http://swingstateofmind.com/...
Los Alamos

United States

#2 Oct 11, 2008
What a tangled web we weave when we first try to decive. This guy has no busnisess running for anything, everthing he say;s is one lie after another.

Since: Sep 08

Santa Fe

#3 Oct 11, 2008
Little chip off the old block head represents old styleeeeeee.
I call his archetype,'the symbol of death, the sign of death" No Nada Nuevo.
AndrewLeoLopez

United States

#4 Oct 12, 2008
Block Lite's response asks readers to suspend all reason. Was there ever a contract to play in the first place.
The transaction even in its alleged explanation after the fact shows that Block intended to transfer money to a political asset to help his campaign.
Block's return of the money is tantamount to an admission of guilt. There is no such thing as reporting payments for services to be rendered past the primary.
Affirmations for publication that the event took place are admissions of wrongdoing. Block wanted the public to think he had the support of the band for political benefit. He must have thought the band would cover for him.
Did the band accept money and then return it?
Tangled are the webs men weave when they first set out to deceive. Shakespeare circa 1580

Since: Sep 08

Miyazaki

#5 Oct 12, 2008
Actually, it was Sir Walter Scott, circa 1800, and the correct quote is, "Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive."
Whathe

Santa Fe, NM

#6 Oct 12, 2008
Honor dictates he suspend his run. Low character indeed.
Block won't pull out, of course ... he just can't see that he has become what we all have despised about American politics over the last 8+ years.

This so-called explanation is not only insulting, it really does show Block's sense of personal entitlement. Enough is enough!

Do not vote "Straight Democratic Party" (on the ballot) if you intend to vote for Rick Lass.
John in Santa Fe

Rutland, MA

#7 Oct 12, 2008
Whathe wrote:
Do not vote "Straight Democratic Party" (on the ballot) if you intend to vote for Rick Lass.
Correction: you can vote a straight party ticket, but still make an exception in the PRC race and vote for Lass, according to Valerie Espinoza, who has been fielding 25 to 50 questions about this per day. Your vote for Lass will count, as will all your votes for the Democratic or Republican candidates, except Block, Jr. Making an exception does not mess up the counting process.
d smith

United States

#8 Oct 12, 2008
We're used to shady politics in NM. Somebody is always been indited for a hand in the public till. This guy just stepped up the process by cheating us BEFORE he was even elected !!

But how fast would you go to jail here??- "MR. IRS- I just got confused by my complex life- I intended to pay taxes on that $2500- Really. Ummm. Then I lied cause I was in too deep. You understand- Right?" As the hand cuffs click...
Whathe

Santa Fe, NM

#9 Oct 12, 2008
"Correction: you can vote a straight party ticket, but still make an exception in the PRC race and vote for Lass, according to Valerie Espinoza, who has been fielding 25 to 50 questions about this per day."

I didn't miss County Clerk Espinoza's statement regarding the county being able to distinguish between processes, but are you convinced that some obstructionist GOP faction won't challenge or file suit against Democrat Espinoza, the county, the state, the world ... or that such a potential count confusion won't become an issue as we are waiting for 3 weeks to discern election outcomes (AGAIN!)?

( It doesn't matter that this is about Block or Lass, but rather the potential loss of your state and national preferences, because they are also on the same ballot.)

Well, I don't think so ...

The removal of any form of potential "misinterpretation", where history has shown previous cracks in the system (and within rank partisan demeanor), should be a concern for all voters.

That said, thank you very much for the clarification ... but prudence suggests we attempt mitigation of ANY potential tabulation problems or potential for challenge by simply taking the path of "least complicated" for all parties concerned.

I strongly suggest you simply spend the extra 30 seconds in the booth to insure (in this case) Block stands no possibility of getting your vote, should you care to vote Lass ... and/or the potential that a challenge won't see your vote go into the courts or the trash. Do you really want to risk that?

Since: Sep 08

Location hidden

#10 Oct 12, 2008
Block has lied and his explanation is full of holes. He didn't state the date he paid the band but according to his report he violated the law by making payment to the band using primary funds for a performance to be played after the primary election was held.
Santa Fe Voter

Albuquerque, NM

#11 Oct 12, 2008
What is most unfortunate about this whole sordid mess is that the very important issues facing the PRC are forced to the back seat. Jerome Block Junior has created a terrible distraction. He has no clue or true agenda.
He has given the cheif election officer of San Miguel County a transparent bribe. This has been exposed and Blockhead has tried to explain it away with the "media pressure" excuse. What a load of hooey. He apparently thinks bribes are a legitimate way of life in the political sphere. Is he waiting for the bribes to roll in to develop his own opinions? There are millions and perhaps billions of dollars at stake here. Does Blockhead have the strength of character to resist the money that WILL be offered (he has shown that he will cut corners with public funds) by the regulated industies? I for one don't think so.
Out in the County

Albuquerque, NM

#12 Oct 12, 2008
Both John in Santa Fe and Whatthe are correct. If you do choose to vote straight party you can also vote for Lass without spoiling your ballot AND if you want to be sure, vote for the individual. I think straight party voting should not be an option but it is.
Vote for the individual instead of the party process.
This is an argument for (at least primary election) Instant Runoff Voting. If this had been in place there is no way Junior Block would have been in his current position.
New Mexico Outrage

Albuquerque, NM

#13 Oct 12, 2008
Lies on campaign finance reports are inexcusable under any circumstance. If he won't tell the truth about $2800 of public money how can he be trusted to make decisions about hundreds of millions or billions of OUR money? With lies, bribes, and cheating epidemic in Blocks campaign every voter in the district should react with disgust and reject this reprobate. We should deamnd he be brought up on Felony charges and have his right to vote be stipped.
swt

Santa Fe, NM

#14 Oct 12, 2008
Rick Lass' response, which appears in the print version of this story, can be seen on my blog:

http://steveterrell.blogspot.com/2008/10/jero...
Michal

Albuquerque, NM

#15 Oct 12, 2008
I'd like to reiterate a statement made above calling for Instant Runoff Voting (also known as Ranked Choice Voting) and call on New Mexicans of all party affiliations to work toward enacting this method in as many races and as fast possible. I think most major party apparati fear that this type of voting will open up the process to too many other party folks, but the reality is, this kind of situation - having a questionable candidate zip through a crowded primary - is occurring all too frequently.
I personally would like to see the playing field leveled for other parties, but I'm sure others would just also like to avoid the embarrassment of their party fielding "a shrub."

Ranked Choice Voting has been adopted in Santa Fe, though monies have not been appropriated. Let's get to work on the legislature and other municipalities, like Albuquerque, to see this method adopted & funded for other race.
Block Buster

Florence, AL

#16 Oct 12, 2008
Jerome really is pathetic, isn't he? Do you think he knows that he is pathetic?

If he can't handle the pressure of telling the truth, what makes anyone think he can handle the pressure of doing the job as a PRC commissioner?
John Martinez

Albuquerque, NM

#17 Oct 12, 2008
Block Buster wrote:
Jerome really is pathetic, isn't he? Do you think he knows that he is pathetic?
If he can't handle the pressure of telling the truth, what makes anyone think he can handle the pressure of doing the job as a PRC commissioner?
I was about to say the exact same thing.

This is what to expect from Block being on the commission.

The pressure of voting against Qwest making millions of dollars from NM residents is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO hard. There is SOOOOOOOOOO much pressure that I will just go hide and let the other commissioners decide for me.

Since: Sep 08

Albuquerque, NM

#19 Oct 13, 2008
There is a significant penalty for misusing the Public Campaign Funds. I expect the Sec of State &/or AG to pursue every avenue to insure the maximum amount is accessed. Public financing is too important to allow anyone to get away with messing around with.
HANG HIM & SHAKE THE CARCASS!
Chatterbox87501

United States

#20 Oct 13, 2008
Roy, you might exepct the AG to do something, but really, is Mary Herrera going to do anything more than spackle makeup on her face?
JB WIlliams

Powhatan Point, OH

#21 Oct 13, 2008
Chatterbox87501 wrote:
Roy, you might exepct the AG to do something, but really, is Mary Herrera going to do anything more than spackle makeup on her face?
She might do her nails

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