Over the past ten days the Republican Delegates to the State Pre-Primary Convention have been flooded with stories and rumors of what took place at the Bernalillo Pre-Convention Meeting on February 5th, 2014.
In order for our party to be unified in defeating Tom Udall, we are releasing all documents pertaining to the events of February 5th, with an understanding of how those events took place and how people have been pressured to change their stories to benefit the Weh campaign.
We hope that after reading these materials you will come to your own conclusion as to whether any wrongdoing occurred at the Bernalillo Pre-Convention Meeting, or the events that transpired following that night.
What Occurred On February 5th?
Three days prior to the Pre-Convention Meeting, the Bernalillo rules committee met and changed the county rules to allow “those that could not attend the convention due to weather be allowed to be voted upon as a delegate by those attending the event.”
New Mexico State Rules, which supersede any county rules declare that any rule change must occur at least 28 days prior to any county convention, and the Clements campaign was notified of this change only an hour prior to the start of the convention. (1)(2)(3)
Any challenge to this ruling was required to be made no later than one hour before the start of any county convention, which happens to be the exact time that the Clements campaign was informed of the rule change.(4)
The second, and more egregious, error made by the county committee involves the election of at large delegates.
After delegates were nominated and elected by each ward of Bernalillo county, 30 delegate positions were still available to be elected to the state convention. Past convention precedent clearly shows that these “at-large” delegates are to be elected from the pool of unelected delegate nominees remaining in person at the county convention. Instead, they were elected from a list of non-present persons provided to the meeting by Diego Espinoza, Allen Weh’s own campaign manager. (4)
Throughout this process the ballots were “secured” by none other than the treasurer for Allen Weh’s campaign, and “ballot counters” were actually Allen Weh staff members who were even wearing campaign materials. (5)(6)
What Was Done To Correct Any Wrongdoing?
A decision on the issue was returned later on February, 10th. He had decided that the at-large delegates were improperly placed and would be removed from the Bernalillo slate. (8)
The matter seemed to be put to rest until Chairman Ruvolo suddenly reversed his decision citing “long discussions” and reseating the at-large delegates. (11)
How the Clements Campaign Responded
On February 17th, David Clements released an open letter to Allen Weh informing him of what had occurred, and sought the opportunity to work together to find an equitable solution to what happened in Bernalillo County. (12)
Later on February 17th Diego Espinoza responded to David Clements claiming that no protests had been filed and that David’s letter was a stunt. David Clements quickly responded. (12)
After this email was sent, emails were circulate from Frank Ruvolo, Dr. Charles Tipton, and Chairman John Billingsley seemingly denying that they had ever provided testimony or decisions that would call into question the events of February 5th. (13)(14)
What Happened Next?
The latest in this series of events occurred on February 21st, when the Clements campaign email account was hacked by a staff member of the Allen Weh Campaign.
Diego Espinoza, the Weh campaign manager, abused the Clements email system and used it to resend the open letter to multiple delegates.(17)
Mr. Espinoza willingly did this numerous times, and some delegates received over 8 copies of the open letter to Allen Weh.
The Clements campaign went to their Internet service provider to find out why delegates were receiving multiple copies of the open letter. They were provided with a link that Identified Mr. Espinoza as having willingly forwarded the email in excess of 500 times. (18)(19)(20)
There is no question that Diego Espinoza acted with ill intent in regards to David’s open letter to Allen Weh.
We encourage you to read these documents, examine them, and make a decision on what you believe happened.
Please Note: Email addresses, phone numbers, mac addresses, IP addresses and other information is redacted for privacy.
12. Email Conversation C: diego@; dkclements;@; pxsandman@; bobm1244@; kabatson@; noralee@, Subject: “Re: Fraudulent Convention Delegates – a must read,” Sent: Monday, February 17th, 2014 1:30 PM MST – Monday, February 17th, 2014 11:36 PM MST
13. Email Conversation D: dkclements@; diego@; chatipton@, Subject: “Re: Fraudulent Convention Delegates – a must read,” Sent: Monday, February 17th, 2014 11:36 PM MST – Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 1:31 AM MST
17. Reference of all relevant documents and information to the New Mexico State Police, Special Investigations Division, as necessary and appropriate in cooperation with a criminal investigation is intended.