He takes defeat like nonprofessional, asks court to anoint him
Rep. David Doyle, we hardly knew you.
But we will not miss your gloomy style, your sloth as a state representative or your sense of entitlement as a Republican candidate for the state Senate.
In the House of Representatives, you carped when bills you favored did not zip right through. You wanted to run for home during the special legislative session of 2011 because you were unhappy with the Democrats. They had to fight to keep the session alive long enough to pass a public works bill.
That bill put people in your industry -- construction -- to work. But you did not want to stick around long enough to finish it.
Mr. Doyle, you were a grown man acting like a petulant boy who just got schooled in a game of one on one. Instead of competing harder, you took your ball and went home.
By the way, exactly where is your home, Mr. Doyle? You say Corrales for purposes of elections, but there was good evidence that you were living in Albuquerque this fall, miles outside the Senate district you say you should represent.
On Friday, you were at it again, shamelessly trying to change the result of the state Senate election that you lost in November.
Mr. Doyle, you are a man who complains about too much government. But now you want a judge to void the voters' decision and elevate you to first place.
You and cohorts filed a motion with the District Court of Sandoval County "respectfully requesting" that it declare you the winner of your District 9 race against Democratic Sen. John Sapien, right.
Is that how it works, Mr. Doyle? A judge should declare that a loser -- you -- gets to win an election because the lines were long and voter machines were lacking?
If Sapien had lost and tried this stupid shell game, you, Mr. Doyle, would be talking about the will of the people being trampled by a sore loser.
Democrats, you would say, never take defeat gracefully. Mr. Doyle, you would criticize them for wasting valuable court time in hopes of stealing an election and massaging their bruised egos.
But the truth is, if Sapien had lost to you, he would have done the right thing. He would have masked his hurt, shaken your hand and wished you well. That is what a civil public servant does in his darkest moment.
Mr. Doyle, you say that voters in a Republican area of Sandoval County were deprived of enough machines and manpower, turning the election tides against you.
Prove it, sir.
How do you know whether Sapien lost more votes than you did because of the long lines and confusion?
You do not know. Nonetheless, Mr. Doyle, you try to manipulate logic to get your way.
Have you wondered, Mr. Doyle, if you were so popular why your supporters did not rush to the polls during early voting to punch your ticket? Why didn't you rout Sapien by a thousand votes if you truly were the choice of the people?
Are you embarrassed, Mr. Doyle, at suing for a win after the voters rejected you?
The state Republican Party executive director, one Mark Knoop, sent a statement on behalf of you and two other GOP candidates who also are ungracious losers.
“New Mexico voters deserve better than the treatment they received in Sandoval County on Election Day,” Knoop said. “Our New Mexico Constitution demands open, free and fair elections, and unfortunately this was not the case in Sandoval County."
Again, where is your evidence? How can you prove that a disorganized Election Night hurt you more than it did Sapien?
You have no proof, Mr. Doyle. But your side has plenty of spin.
“These candidates are the rightful winners in their respective races, and we know that they will serve New Mexicans well," Knoop said. "We look forward to some justice for the Sandoval County voters who were mistreated and for David Doyle, Paula Papponi and Lawrence McClain, because it is crystal clear they should be winners of their respective elections, except for the fraud or errors of the Democrats in charge of the Sandoval County elections of 2012."
Knoop's crystal is covered with mud. And Mr. Doyle, you, sir, are slinging mud, all because you are not man enough to say those 11 painful words: "The voters have spoken. I wish the best to Senator Sapien."
Mr. Doyle, after the court you are burdening with nonsense squashes your lawsuit as it would a barnyard rat, will you appeal, further tying up government resources with a frivolous case?
You did not learn the basics of politics in your two years in the Legislature. Here they are in one sentence: Life goes on and losers go home.