New Dinelli campaign ad examined

Posted at: 09/12/2013 5:31 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Pete Dinelli does not appear in the brand new TV ad in his race for mayor of Albuquerque.

You never hear his name mentioned.

But you sure do see a lot about his opponent, Mayor Richard Berry, and you hear snippets from some Democratic Party superstars, including a dead guy!

The late Sen. Ted Kennedy leads off with some long-ago Senate debate remarks on the minimum wage, and then the ad textually hammers Berry because he “opposed raising the minimum wage.” That’s true. He opposed the recent ballot referendum that passed a minimum wage increase for the city of Albuquerque.

Then the ad shows Hillary Clinton, also with a few words on minimum wage. The text asserts that Berry “refuses to increase the minimum wage”. This is false. The minimum wage increase passed. The mayor does not have the power to stop it.

Next we see Vice President Joe Biden talking about abortion rights. The ad says Berry “supports an anti-choice measure with no exceptions for rape and incest”. That’s true. He did say he would vote for a ban on late term abortions, and the language of that proposal, which will probably be on some future ballot, does not make any exceptions.

Batting cleanup is President Obama, with some words about the gun lobby. The ad says Berry has an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association and opposes universal background checks.  That appears to be true.

So, here we are with a political ad with only one false accusation in it – pretty good, by modern-day standards!