State senate leader responds to accusations in ad

Posted at: 11/01/2012 6:26 PM
Updated at: 11/01/2012 6:27 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

PHOTO: Lynn and Michael Sanchez
PHOTO: Lynn and Michael Sanchez

A New Mexico legislative leader under attack from the Governor is fighting back on the TV airwaves.

Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez of Belen is under fire for voting against life sentences for convicted child-killers - the baby Brianna bill of 2005.

Now, he is firing back with an ad that looks about as down-home as it can get.

The ad features the Valencia County Democrat with his always charming wife Lynn, sitting down for a chat in a homey setting.

The subject: Reform New Mexico Now's recent attack ad targeting Sanchez and Senate President Tim Jennings for voting against the Baby Brianna bill.

"They're paid for by the big oil and gas companies out of Texas and Oklahoma," Sanchez says in the ad.

Lynn also calls out Reform New Mexico Now.

"They don't care about New Mexico," his wife says. "They have their own agenda."

Reform New Mexico Now is a political action committee headed by a top political advisor to Gov. Susana Martinez.

In fact, the PAC has big contributors from out of state energy interests.

But there's out of state PAC money on both sides in this fight.

The ad does not attempt to address the Baby Brianna vote, but it may strike a chord with voters who've had a bellyful of negative campaigning in this election.

"Next time you see one of those ads, do what we do," Lynn Sanchez says as she clicks a remote and the screen fills with static.

With five days to go before Election Day, we could still see more new ads on both sides in the Sanchez and Jennings campaigns.