Saturday, July 15, 2006

Dendahl Lays an Egg--Grade AA Extra Large


Here is what Republican Governor Candidate John Dendahl said on the radio about weak DWI laws and the legislature's alleged failure at passing stronger laws.

"...the Legislature understands that statistically ... too many people who are repeat offenders happen to have Spanish last names."

He let his true colors show here and the GOP should hold another closed door meeting to boot him out of the race as they did their duly elected candidate Mr. Damron. This can not be explained away by saying he was not 'artful' in saying it. Actually, I hope the GOP keeps him in the race for obvious reasons.

Well here is a note from me to Dendahl. I am quite sure that my son and daughter, both Bacas, have never been arrested for DWI. Nor have I ever been arrested, or my brother Tom, nor my sister Carlota, nor my late father Fermin, nor my uncle Jaime, nor my Aunt Pelta, nor my grandfather Delfin, nor my grandmother Lenore. Now, that is a lot of 'spanish named' people that have never been arrested for DWI, and that is just in my immediate family.

I also wonder what would have happened if Bill Richardson had said,
"the Legislature understands that statistically ... too many people who are repeat offenders happen to have Anglo last names." Do you think that story would have been relegated to the back pages of the news media? I don't think so. This story is probably far from over.

I would invite the readers to add a comment on this blog to name all the people they know with 'Spanish Names' that have not been arrested for DWI. Also, write a note to the State GOP asking them "WTF?" Email it to
administrator@gopnm.org.


2 comments:

Sara said...

How many "Latino-named" people that I know have not had DWI's? Let me count the ways:

LaCambra
Gonzalez
Valdez
Sanchez
Rodriguez

I can think of more...

Michelle Meaders said...

What if they had said, "the Legislature understands that statistically ... too many people who are repeat offenders happen to have male first names."?

This is also true, and the legislature is mostly male. Does that mean men are being discriminated against in DWI prosecution, so they should back off? That's no more absurd than what Dendahl said.