Widower of ABQ homicide victim launches PAC to defeat Mayor Tim Keller

On Monday, it was reported that Sam Vigil, the widower of Jacqueline “Jacque” Vigil, who was killed by an illegal alien, Luis Talamantes-Romero, in their driveway in 2019. 

Vigil previously filed a lawsuit against far-left Democrat Mayor Tim Keller and the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) in January blaming Albuquerque’s “sanctuary” policy, in part, for the death of his wife, saying that Talamantes-Romero used Albuquerque as a “home base” for criminal activity, ultimately leading to the tragic death of Mrs. Vigil. 

Keller signed a “sanctuary city” resolution passed by the The Albuquerque City Council in 2018, allowing criminal aliens to flood into the city as a safehaven for crime.

The lawsuit alleged, “After this gangster-style shooting, no steps were taken by APD to apprehend Talamantes-Romero or Aguilar, and APD did not inform federal law enforcement that Talamantes-Romero or Aguilar had illegally re-entered the country and committed multiple felony offenses.” It added that APD “ignored this gift from God to avert tragedy and continued to value political principles over the safety and welfare of the citizens of Albuquerque.” 

Now, Vigil is the chairman of the “Save Our City committee,” working “to address the serious crime and leadership problem in Albuquerque,” according to the committee’s filing on the City of Albuquerque website. 

According to the Albuquerque Journal, Vigil said he is “scared of Albuquerque crime, and ‘something has to be done.’ He said he views Keller – who is seeking a second term in the Nov. 2 election – as the ‘leadership problem.’ And unless Keller makes dramatic policy changes, Vigil sees unseating the mayor as the committee’s central purpose.” 

Keller’s campaign manager is Neri Holguin, who has consulted on many far-left Democrat campaigns, including that of Sen. Liz Stefanics (D-Santa Fe), porn star-turned state Rep. Roger Montoya (D-Velarde), Rep. Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe), Democrat Albuquerque City Councilor Pat Davis, and others. She also is listed as a donor to a group that works to harbor criminal aliens in New Mexico through the courts, the “New Mexico Immigrant Law Center.”

She claimed Keller did what he could to bring justice despite allowing the criminal alien to reside in Albuquerque to begin with through the dangerous “sanctuary city” resolution encouraging aliens to surge into Albuquerque. 

“This last year, the Mayor showed nothing less than strong leadership in crisis…. The pandemic, unrest, and national crime trends our city experienced was unparalleled. Much of our comeback today is a result of the Mayor’s decisive action and management of Albuquerque,” said Holguin. 

However, Keller has championed rabidly anti-police policies, including returning equipment donated by the Military to APD. He also has spoken on multiple occasions in front of anti-police Antifa-linked protests that resulted in looting and shooting on the streets of Albuquerque. 

Previously, Vigil spoke in front of the Republican National Committee in 2020 to support President Donald J. Trump. There, he told the nation the story of his slain wife and the Democrat-run city’s dereliction of duty in handling the case.

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