Former NM Gov.: GOP Rep. Heather Wilson Under Investigation for Vote Buying
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A respected New Mexico journalist has quit her job after her television network killed her report alleging Republican congresswoman Heather Wilson tried to buy votes at a party convention.
32-year award-winning news veteran and New Mexico's ABC field producer, Laura MacCallum, quit her job as afternoon anchor at Albuquerque's 50,000-watt blowtorch KKOB-AM 770, after she read an email from her News Director, Pat Allen, which said, among other things, "if there was anything to it the bloggers would have picked this up, let alone other news agencies."
Allen was referring to MacCallum's on-air investigative reports covering allegations of a vote-buying scheme by New Mexico's U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson at a recent Republican Delegate Convention. The 1st Congressional District Congresswoman is vying for her party's nomination to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated this year by outgoing Pete Domenici. MacCallum ran the stories about the charges on KKOB several times, in several different variations --- including several different interviews and sound bites from both the former Republican Governor of New Mexico, David Cargo, an eye-witness to the story, and a current spokesman for the state GOP, Scott Darnell.
Allen has now given different explanations for spiking MacCallum's reports. Bradblog summarizes the details of Wilson's vote buying efforts at a GOP party convention as related by former GOP Gov. Cargo: