Anonymous Cowards “Killing the Messenger”

During the current municipal election, I have attended numerous forums and debates and tried to report and comment on key issues that I feel are important to the city of Albuquerque and to voters.

One of those issues is campaign donations, finances, expenditures and reports by candidates to identify contributors so voters will know who may have influence on a candidate if elected.

On July 17, 2017, I posted my blog article “Show Me the Money” and on August 14, 2017 posted my blog article “Show Me The Money, Chapter Two” reporting and giving my political commentary on the campaign finance reports filed with the Albuquerque City Clerk by all the candidates for Mayor.

On August 14, 2017, the following reply comment with a threat of retaliation by an anonymous hate mongering group was made on a candidate’s crime plan that I reported on:

“We know exactly where all advertisements, suggestions, and ideas came from for that [other candidate’s] campaign. If agenda of a personal nature takes precedence, jeopardizing the chance this city has of reform, repair and progress, because some will do so for their own gain, there will be unholy hell to pay as we start a file dump of massive proportions.”

The anonymous blog is usually highly inflammatory with an axe to grind containing false and misleading statements, “alternative facts” and anonymous comments from readers are usually vulgar and void of any reason.

On August 16, 2017, after posting on my blog an Albuquerque Free Press article on a candidate’s crime plan and including the Weekly Alibi profile on the same candidate, the anonymous hate mongering group shared my twitter post on their FACEBOOK page and posted the following comment:

“… some things are a little to obvious and personal agenda is not going to get in the way of electing the proper candidate … like we said.”

The admonishment and warning was from a nefarious hate mongering group that has publicly endorsed Tim Keller for mayor on their blog and FACEBOOK page.

The anonymous blog is posting daily on FACEBOOK and sharing Keeler’s endorsements and political videos promoting Mr. Keller’s candidacy and attacking his opponents.

The anonymous hate mongering group said I was “attacking” Tim Keller’s campaign funding when on August 18, 2017 it posted the following comment on August 16, 2017 to a shared twitter post:

“Pete, We will tell you this. You have attacked Keller’s funding, and it is blatantly obvious with the amount of analysis spent on that candidate versus the rest …”

“Please, we are afraid of no one. Not you or the creeps we forced out like the cowards they are.” …

“Do not fuck with us, because when we step through that door we do not care about etiquet (Sic). …

“… you will not have your cake and eat it too. There is a place in this for everyone who wants to make a positive difference in this. Do not be on the wrong side of the fence … .”

On Sunday, August 20, 2017, the anonymous hate mongering group made good on their threat of retaliation by posting on their blog an inflammatory post condemning my work with the city.

The anonymous hate mongering group posted very old, juvenile photos of police officers engaged in unprofessional on the job conduct and falsely claimed I was their direct supervisor.

A photo of me at a retirement party held at the APD foothills substation was posted of me no doubt to imply I was in command of the officers, which is false.

Mr. Keller told me he is not aware of the FACEBOOK posts and I suggested that he distance himself from the group and their tactics.

This is how low Albuquerque politics has sunk to:

A political blogger publishes a fact-based report using public information, makes comment and then an anonymous hate mongering group who supports a candidate first threatens to retaliate and then makes good on the threat because they do not like what the political blogger is saying or may be supporting another candidate.

I do not object with someone disagreeing with me.

What I strongly object to are posted comments by hate mongers who do not want to identify themselves and hide behind icons who make threats to retaliate if you do not agree with them or do not support their candidate.

This is what I call anonymous cowards who want to kill the messenger and engage in slander, libel and hate mongering and call it first amendment free speech.

This anonymous hate mongering group will turn on Mr. Keller if elected as easily as they turned on Mayor Berry seven years ago if Mr. Keller does do not do what they want him to do as Mayor.

All the candidates running for Mayor and City Council need to make sure that their supporters do not engage in retaliatory, vengeful and intimidating tactics and threats of retaliation and character assassination against opponents and condemn such actions by their supporters and hate mongering groups which is something our own United States President has failed to do thereby losing his moral authority.

It’s time to turn the light on this nefarious anonymous hate mongering group to identify who they are and who they represent.

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Pete Dinelli was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is of Italian and Hispanic descent. He is a 1970 graduate of Del Norte High School, a 1974 graduate of Eastern New Mexico University with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and a 1977 graduate of St. Mary's School of Law, San Antonio, Texas. Pete has a 40 year history of community involvement and service as an elected and appointed official and as a practicing attorney in Albuquerque. Pete and his wife Betty Case Dinelli have been married since 1984 and they have two adult sons, Mark, who is an attorney and George, who is an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Pete has been a licensed New Mexico attorney since 1978. Pete has over 27 years of municipal and state government service. Pete’s service to Albuquerque has been extensive. He has been an elected Albuquerque City Councilor, serving as Vice President. He has served as a Worker’s Compensation Judge with Statewide jurisdiction. Pete has been a prosecutor for 15 years and has served as a Bernalillo County Chief Deputy District Attorney, as an Assistant Attorney General and Assistant District Attorney and as a Deputy City Attorney. For eight years, Pete was employed with the City of Albuquerque both as a Deputy City Attorney and Chief Public Safety Officer overseeing the city departments of police, fire, 911 emergency call center and the emergency operations center. While with the City of Albuquerque Legal Department, Pete served as Director of the Safe City Strike Force and Interim Director of the 911 Emergency Operations Center. Pete’s community involvement includes being a past President of the Albuquerque Kiwanis Club, past President of the Our Lady of Fatima School Board, and Board of Directors of the Albuquerque Museum Foundation.