By the Brava Editorial Board
Just a short month ago, Gubernatorial Candidates Jeff Apodaca and Peter DeBenedittis rode their high horses into the pre-primary convention to accuse the only female candidate in the race, Michelle Lujan Grisham, of “rigging” the delegate selection process. In their public speeches, each of them accused Lujan Grisham of manipulating a system that was, originally, intended to benefit men.
This week, we took a look at campaign finance reports, which made it clear that these gentlemen are perfectly fine with manipulating systems, buying elections and striking backroom deals with one another- of course, only if it benefits members of the “good ol’ boys” club.
Take the apparent deal between Jeff Apodaca and Peter DeBenedittis.
Right after the Democratic State Pre-Primary Convention, Apodaca pays DeBenedittis $14,000 in “consulting fees”.
Days after this transaction, DeBenedittis pays off his own debts to the tune of $14,000.
Another election apparently bought off, and a tit-for-tat deal, with DeBenneditis as Apodaca’s new “Communications” Director.
At this point, it’s audacious for this email to claim that Jeff Apodaca is not a politician when he is clearly orchestrating political movidas.
Let’s not forget what happened at the pre-primary convention: Apodaca barely squeaked by with 21% of the the delegate votes, but only after DeBenneditis used the same system he accused Lujan Grisham of manipulating, to “throw” his delegate votes to Apodaca.
These gentlemans’ campaigns (and former campaigns) reek of hypocrisy and, quite frankly, we are tired of the stench.
This race so accurately represents the double standards that women in politics and women in the workforce face on a daily basis. Lujan Grisham is damned if she does and damned if she doesn’t. If she organizes her base, she’s accused of “rigging” the system, if she stands by passively, she loses the race.
Predictably, these candidates and former candidates will continue to tout their “support” for women and wave the flag of “progressivism” while conveniently overlooking the blatant sexism and double-standards they hold for women within their own campaign.
Well, gentlemen… what we know to be true is this: the higher the horse, the harder the fall.