New Mexico business group leader suing state Republican PartyOn November 15, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
GROUP HAS FILED A LAWSUIT AGAINST THE STATE’S REPUBLICAN PARTY. AND THE BIG LEGAL FIGHT ALL STEMS FROM ANONYMOUS EMAILS. NEWS 13’S HALEY RUSH EXPLAINS. DEAN, JESSICA — CARLA SONNTAG — PRESIDENT OF THE NEW MEXICO BUSINESS COALITION — WANTS TO TAKE THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OF NEW MEXICO TO COURT. SHE SAYS THAT’S BECAUSE THEY’RE BLAMING HER FOR SOMETHING SHE KNEW NOTHING ABOUT. CARLA SONNTAG SAYS THE FINGER’S BEING UNFAIRLY POINTED AT HER. 03:23 I was shocked. 03:24 SONNTAG IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE NEW MEXICO BUSINESS COALITION. AN ORGANIZATION THAT WORKS TO EDUCATE VOTERS ABOUT CANDIDATES AND ISSUES IN THEIR DISTRICT. BUT LAST MONTH — SONNTAG SAYS SHE WAS DRAGGED INTO SOMETHING SHE KNEW NOTHING ABOUT. 00:16 In early December the Republican Party put out an email, accusing me of haven done something with anonymous emails. 00:25 SONNTAG SAYS A SERIES OF ANONYMOUS EMAILS WERE SENT OUT TO PARTY MEMBERS TARGETING A NUMBER OF REPUBLICANS …. IN THE DAYS LEADING UP TO THE ELECTION OF A NEW PARTY CHAIRMAN. THE ANONYMOUS EMAILS ACCUSED PEOPLE OF THINGS LIKE… BULLYING AND WASTEFUL SPENDING. 07:39 I don’t know if it’s true or not true 07:40 SOON AFTER THE OWN. SONNTAG SAYS IT ACCUSES HER OF BEING BEHIND THE ANONYMOUS ONES. 00:42 It was questioning my character, my integrity, and why I would do something like that. 00:47 I had nothing to do with it. 00:49 SONNTAG SAYS SHE GAVE THE STATE’S REPUBLICAN PARTY A MONTH TO RETRACT THE ALLEGATIONS AND APOLOGIZE. 01:06 I told them that if they didn’t accomplish that by December 30th then I would file a lawsuit. So I did. 01:11 AN ATTORNEY FOR THE STATE REPUBLICAN PARTY TOLD US HE COULDN’T SAY MUCH ABOUT THE SITUATION OR LAWSUIT FILED TODAY. HE ONLY GAVE A SHORT STATEMENT SAYING “A DISPUTE DID ARISE AND WE’VE MADE AN EXHAUSTIVE EFFORT TO RESOLVE IT AMICABLY.” WE DID ASK THE PARTY’S ATTORNEY IF THEY STILL BELIEVE SONNTAG SENT THE ANONYMOUS EMAILS. HE WOULDN’T SAY. JESSICA — BACK TO YOU. OKAY HALEY. SONNTAG SAYS SHE ALSO ASKED THE STATE REPUBLICAN PARTY TO PROVIDE ANY PROOF OR DOCUMENTS THAT SHOW SHE WAS BEHIND THE EMAILS. SO FAR — SHE SAYS THEY HAVEN’T PROVIDED HER WITH ANYTHING.