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Berry Campaign Calls for Dinelli to Release Itinerary for Four-Day Junket to Canada
ALBUQUERQUE, NM — The Mayor Berry Campaign called for Pete Dinelli today to release the official itinerary that accounts for his shady four-day junket to Canada, where a foreign corporation put him up in "castle" and ultimately received a half-million furniture contract from his District Attorney's Office. Dinelli claims that his 10-person delegation stayed at the $13 million estate to personally inspect a new floor material system. "It doesn't take a 10-person delegation and four days in a Canadian 'castle' to personally inspect a flooring system," said Missi Sousa, Mayor Berry's campaign manager. "Since Pete Dinelli has chosen to dispute the media reports of the trip, the people of Albuquerque deserve to know more information about Pete Dinelli's junket, particularly since it resulted in a foreign corporation receiving a half-million dollar furniture contract even though a local company offered a better price. If Pete Dinelli has nothing to hide, he should release the official itinerary that accounts for his trip." Dinelli's four-day junket was blasted by an Albuquerque Journal editorial, which among other things questioned why it took 10 county officials four days to inspect a floor system. That's a good question that Pete Dinelli hasn't been able to answer for 14 years. BACKGROUND When Dinelli was Chief Deputy District Attorney, he took a junket to Calgary, Canada, with county officials. A Canadian Corporation, SMED, paid for Dinelli and the delegation to stay four days at a high-priced resort that was described as a "castle" by a critic in an Albuquerque Journal article. Then the Bernalillo County District Attorney's Office picked the same Canadian corporation over a local business to provide furniture for the DA's office. The local business had offered a lower price. The selection of the Canadian corporation created an enormous controversy. Dinelli personally defended the selection of the Canadian corporation by saying the less-expensive furniture from the local business was "dated" and apparently not up to Dinelli's standards. The local business disputed that notion, saying they were offering the same furniture and that Dinelli's office never even looked at it. ###