FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 14th, 2017
Contact: Jessie Hunt | (505) 918-5826
Sexual Assault Victim Advocates Voice Support for Tim Keller’s Record
Statements Come in Response to Recent Attack Ads
Advocates for victims of sexual assault in New Mexico voiced their support for Tim Keller Thursday in response to false attack ads against his candidacy for mayor.
“As the Co-Chair of the New Mexico SAEK Memorial Task Force, I have worked with State Auditor Tim Keller for 3 years in shining a spotlight on New Mexico’s untested Sexual Assault Evidence Kits. He is a champion for sexual assault survivors. He is focused on public safety and ensuring accountability among the agencies responsible for fixing the problem,” said Connie Monahan, Statewide Coordinator for SANE and Co-Chair of the New Mexico Sexual Assault Evidence Kits Memorial Task Force.
“This website that exploits harmful images of children and generates fear is an injustice to survivors and is disrespectful to the work that Tim Keller has done to make New Mexico safer for all of us. It is remarkably discouraging to see positive steps in legislation designed to protect our most vulnerable citizens, our children, now portrayed in the most misleading manner for the sole purpose of maligning another candidate. This type of negative press only serves to create a LESS safe community by suggesting so very incorrectly that our legislators supported unsafe bills. To suggest that Tim Keller, who did support well written, informed, evidence based legislation that truly protects children, is anti-child safety, is unconscionable,” said Kim Alaburda, Executive Director of the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs.
"As a father of two young children, it is absolutely offensive to suggest that I would let anyone harm our kids, let alone make life easier for those who do. What the attacks don’t tell you is that as a Senator, I fought for and passed the nation’s strongest sex offender laws to date, and as Auditor have been a champion for public safety and tackling the rape kit backlog to get sex offenders off our streets. These ads are being paid for by well connected special interests who are worried that they won't have a buddy in city hall. What our campaign is about is actually dealing with our crime issues, and it's going to take someone with real experience, who can actually get things done," Tim Keller stated.
In 2011, Tim cast a vote, along with many colleagues, on a proposal to enable consistent statewide restrictions on sex offenders to ensure there is oversight, reduce recurrence, and provide proper parole and monitoring, instead of through a patchwork of city by city ordinances. The NM Attorney General and the Sex Offender Management Board both supported this position.
These are false, partisan political attacks, from well-connected right-wing special interests who are worried they won't have a buddy in city hall. They are meant to distract from our real plans to attack crime and bring immediate relief to our families on day one.
That is the real experience, courage and policy thoughtfulness that makes Tim the most qualified candidate to actually get things done considering the challenges facing Albuquerque.