And let’s be clear about that, because the questions were specific in confirming Albuquerque is in a fiscal and institutional mess.
Having come from prevailing in the preliminary ethics complaint hearing against incumbent Berry (notice once again, little if any media coverage concerning that juicy tidbit), candidate Dinelli was quick and deliberate in his answers showing his confidence is well deserved in handling questions tossed his way.
Candidate Heh's approach was, while just as informed but less formal. This isn't surprising because he is not a politician. Heh is a veteran of the armed services and veteran police sergeant. He engaged the audience and reminded folks he is not a politician.
Incumbent Berry's approach was, well, bizarre. When asked about Chief Schultz and APD, Berry remarked he was "proud of Ray Schultz." That drew a collective gasp from the audience. When asked the same questions as the others, Berry provided answers to things not asked. In other words, he avoided the questions and remained noncommittal on the important topics covered. Interestingly, incumbent Berry hid amongst his handler Tito and stayed away from Mr. Heh and Mr. Dinelli. Berry acted like a scared child out on the playground. There was no threat to Berry other than being thrown out of office; besides Berry has plain clothed officers in the audience to “protect him.” What a coward…
On Saturday, there was another candidate forum at Albuquerque's Center for Peace and Justice. While Mr. Dinelli and Mr. Heh were there to a packed hall taking questions from folks on the other end of the political spectrum than the folks at the NMBC, once again the two challengers stood out in their commitment to engage voters while Berry once again...hid.
Our Eyes tell us there is friction between the McCleskey special people known as Darren White and Susan Martinez and Berry's people. It seems, tossing Darren to the curb during his fiasco has left a bitter taste in certain people's mouths and Berry may be on the outside of the circle that put him in place as the mayor. But we'll see.
In the meantime, little attack dogs have arrived and are pestering candidate Heh on his Twitter page: www.twitter.com/pauljheh. There is some very funny and woefully uninformed banter going on there. Some are accusing Mr. Heh of being a hardcore liberal, while others are accusing him of using fake Twitter accounts to defend himself. One of Berry’s main attack dogs name is “politix…” this little lady is so backwards, she can’t even spell the word “politics" correctly.
If anybody knows anything about Paul Heh, it's that he goes to the fight himself and puts his name on the ticket. Whether it's at city council about misconduct by Darren White, the APOA about misconduct by then-president Joey Sigala, or ineptitude and corruption by Mayor Berry and Chief Schultz, we at the Eye have never seen Mr. Heh not personally and directly confront issues.
This will prove to be a monumental week for the city of Albuquerque and APD. Our Eyes are flooding us with emails about some major changes that have happened and will be happening....stay tuned.