Opinion

NM Supreme Court refuses to hear case about absentee ballot processing violations

On Monday, the Republican Party of New Mexico (RPNM) and four county clerks filed a lawsuit with the New Mexico Supreme Court after it was revealed that Republican poll challengers were denied access to observe absentee ballot processing.

The Party’s press release on the violations reads as follows: 

Under Senate Bill 4, which was passed during the June Special Session, County Clerks are required to verify that each and every received mailed ballot has the correct voter identification – a voter’s signature and the last four digits of their social security number. 

More than a quarter of a million absentee ballots have already been returned by New Mexico voters, providing County Clerks with a near-impossible task of reviewing each ballot.

One of the rights guaranteed by law to poll challengers is the ability to act as a check and balance to a County Clerk’s determination of whether to accept or reject a ballot. Multiple counties have denied Republican poll challengers the right to perform their duties, taking absentee ballots behind closed doors and out of sight of the very people who elect them.

“To have the Republican Party declare that duly elected County Clerks are purposefully deceiving the public is a worrying tactic ahead of a highly-charged election that has already seen far too many instances of intimidation and misinformation,” said Secretary of State’s Office spokesman Alex Curtas, who was involved in the dissemination of election news during the 2018 midterm elections, where irregularities were found.

The Party and two county clerks also filed another suit in the First Judicial District Court over absentee ballot drop-off box violations, where irregularities have already been observed. The RPNM asked for an “injunction to make sure these counties and all others comply with state law regarding the drop box security measures.

But on Tuesday, the Supreme Court rejected the Party’s suit regarding absentee ballot counting and poll challengers, without an explanation from the Court on why it rejected RPNM’s request. 

The Republican Party of New Mexico claimed the move not to take up the case was politically motivated, writing in a press release that the Court’s decision “is not only a slap in the face to the minority party but suggests that the Court has turned a blind eye to justice and the integrity of the voting process. For the sake of New Mexico voters, it’s flabbergasting that Justices wouldn’t want to examine ballot-processing infractions with so much at stake on November 3.” 

“We need transparency in our elections and the law to be followed. County workers in the shadows, out of sight, handling absentee ballots is not legal, open or transparent. It’s shameful the Court didn’t see these violations as something to address,” the release continued. 

“We’re thankful the New Mexico Supreme Court quickly denied this petition today so the state’s election administrators can get back to focusing on the vital work of running the 2020 General Election,” the Secretary of State’s Office said in a statement, adding, “Voters in New Mexico should have confidence that their vote will count no matter if they are voting in person or by mail ballot.”

According to the Secretary of State’s data as of October 27, 265,739 absentee ballots had already been mailed back to county clerks across the state, 166,655 being from Democrats, 56,747 from Republicans, and the rest from minor parties and voters who decline to state a party affiliation.

The Democrat Party of New Mexico has already begun its ballot harvesting initiatives, according to Pameyla Herndon, a caucus chair for the party, who urged supporters during a closed fundraising call to harvest votes from senior citizens to favor Democrat candidates.

As of October 27, Republicans outnumber Democrats with in-person early voting, while Democrats outnumber Republicans dramatically with absentee. During the 2018 race in New Mexico’s Second Congressional District, thousands of irregularities were found in Doña Ana County, where Republican Yvette Herrell won the race on Election Day. However, once absentee ballots were “counted” later, the race was swung in Democrat Xochitl Torres Small’s favor. An audit revealed multiple signs of election fraud.

Just this year, two individuals have been convicted of voter fraud using absentee ballots, following New Mexico’s long track record of fraudulent election activity, which can be read more about here.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, even more absentee ballots are being cast for the November 2020 election, and the more absentee ballots without oversight from poll challengers are ripe for fraud.

State senator who defended anti-Police rioters now begging for Police protection after getting hate mail

Over the weekend, state Sen. Jacob Candelaria (D-Albuquerque), known for his far-left extremism, took to Twitter to bully citizens peacefully protesting Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s public health orders in Santa Fe, as well as others on a variety of issues. 

He branded the peaceful group of folks as “rioters,” and claimed the event was a “super spreader,” despite his participation in a Black Lives Matter/Antifa “protest” in June, where he live-streamed himself without a mask and not following the CDC’s health guidelines of staying six feet apart. This was also in violation of Gov. Lujan Grisham’s health orders at the time barring large gatherings, and recommending masks/social distancing. By his own definition, he also participated in a “super spreader” event. 

The protest devolved into a lawless mob of violence, where small businesses in Downtown Albuquerque suffered hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage. At the time, Candelaria offered free legal services to the rioters. Months later, business owners are still trying to reconcile Candelaria’s damage cause by potential clients. 

Candelaria has targeted Law Enforcers on multiple occasions, including supporting a proposal to “demilitarize” the Police and bullying local sheriffs who declined to enforce Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s strict lockdown policies during the coronavirus pandemic. 

He claimed Bernalillo County Sheriff Manny Gonzales, “is part of the problem” and that he “refuses to embrace basic reforms and embraces #MAGA.” 

During the weekend, he also targeted a constituent and pro-life priest with sexually suggestive GIFs and bullied a Republican state representative who is running for the New Mexico Senate. The priest, who tweeted his support for the dignity of human life and no sex outside of marriage, got this reply from Candelaria: “I LOVE BEING GAY. That’s a fact,” along with a GIF of a man taking off his shirt.

Later on Sunday, Candelaria got hate mail from a clearly unhinged individual who left voicemails including homophobic slurs and the line “we’re going to get you out one way or another, motherf***er.” Candelaria responded on Twitter, claiming the Police were not responding fast enough and saying he was going to “flee” Albuquerque with his husband for his own safety. 

He tagged Gov. Lujan Grisham and Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller on multiple melodramatic Twitter threads, pleading with them for “a public call for some sort of protection until this investigation can be done and completed.” He demanded protection due to him being a state legislator and claimed he had no response from city or state police, other than officers coming to his house. According to one report by the Albuquerque Journal, “he grew frustrated when officers suggested the voice messages were not necessarily a threat.” He claimed the Governor’s office said there was no “budget” to protect him.

He wrote, “I understand you are busy with the transition @GovMLG, but I believe when credible threats of violence are made against any member of #nmleg, it should not take hours and dozens of calls to get anyone to take the threat seriously.” 

After months of railing against Law Enforcers, including the Bernalillo County Sheriff, the state senator’s calls for special protection from the very entities he has targeted have fallen flat in what appears to be a ploy to gain attention ahead of the November 3 election. Candelaria now claims he will use guns to protect himself, even though he has been a staunch anti-gun advocate

New Mexico’s sobering restaurant statistics for September

So much has changed for all of us in the last six months.  It is time to take a look at the raw numbers of the restaurant industry.

To be sure, restaurants are taking the virus seriously. They are cleaning, sanitizing, social distancing, following the CSP’s, and wearing masks. The safety of restaurant employees and customers has been and always will be our top priority in restaurants. 

Unfortunately, the economics are not in our favor. According to the New Mexico Economic Development Department’s quarterly summary, the accommodation and food service industries have lost $574 million since January.  This is a 31% decrease from 2019.

The leisure and hospitality industries continue to report the most massive employment losses in the State, with a drop of 25,200 jobs—a 24 percent decrease from last year. It’s heartbreaking. Our employees are like our family. Layoffs may be the hardest thing we have had to do throughout this disaster.  These layoffs don’t just affect our workers.  They include their families that rely on their income for support.

A national survey of restaurant owners shows that we stand to lose one-third of our restaurants by the end of the year. That’s 1,155 New Mexico Restaurants. It’s heartbreaking to see life-long restaurateurs like Edna and Rudy Ortega of Ortega’s in Albuquerque walk away from their business of 30 years through no fault of their own. This virus takes no prisoners.  There are far too many stories like the Ortega’s even to begin to share them here.

Despite meeting many of the (ever moving) gating criteria, NM continues to have some of the most economically restrictive policies during this pandemic. New Mexico is surrounded by states with indoor dining capacities, much more generous than NM. 

At this time, NM only has a COVID policy with an intermittent economic policy.   As a small business, you can’t succeed and grow, much less survive, without an economic plan.   We need to know what is going to happen next, and it has to happen fast. Financial assistance and safeguards need to be a part of our State’s plan if our industry will ever be able to “come back.”

We are not in tune with the rest of the country. Before moving our indoor dining capacity to 25%, only two other states were closed. New Jersey and California have a much more robust economy to begin with and a better chance for recovery. As it stands now, only one other State is at a 25% capacity for indoor dining.  If you look at the remaining 48 states, ALL are open to at least 50% capacity, with half of those being open at full capacity. 

According to a recent survey of New Mexico restaurants, 54% reported sales being down from 20 to 70%. 16% of restaurants noted sales down over 70%.

Most restaurants reported that they could only accommodate 30% of the previous year’s customers due to social distancing and restrictions.

In a recent survey done by the New Mexico Restaurant Association, one-third of restaurants only have three months until they will have to close permanently, and another 30 percent would have to close permanently in six months.  

Where does that leave us? Winter is coming. Survival on 25% capacity is near impossible.  Increased costs as a result of the pandemic have hit all of us hard.   We have asked, through channels, that the Governor open restaurants at 50%.  We are doing our part by offering that with this increase, restaurants will close at 10:00 pm and we will support that all restaurants will need to get the NM Safe Certified Training as a prerequisite to open at 50%.

What can YOU do?

Follow the CSPs.  Wear your mask.  Contact the Governor to let her know you and your family are ready and willing to get back to our dining rooms.

Support the restaurants in your area NOW at this reduced capacity so that they can survive long enough to have hope that our state leaders will increase capacity to 50% sooner rather than later. 

Carol Wight is the Executive Director of the New Mexico Restaurant Association.

If ‘stimulus’ makes a comeback, will Toney Anaya, too?

By Dowd Muska

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KIVA) — As the U.S. economy continues to suffer from the impact of COVID-19 lockdowns, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is insisting on a multi-trillion-dollar “stimulus” package containing, among other things, a bailout for the airline industry, enhanced unemployment benefits, and a “guarantee that we’re going to be helping our state and local employees.”

It’s legislation that is likely to come to fruition, if Joe Biden takes the White House. And if that’s the case, Toney Anaya might again be tapped to oversee the disbursement of federal funds in New Mexico. And he’ll have a former “co-worker” — the speaker’s son, Paul Pelosi, Jr. — to call if he needs a favor in Washington.

During the early days of the Obama administration, Anaya, elected governor in 1982 but legally barred from running for reelection in 1986, was tasked by Governor Bill Richardson to oversee the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act” in the Land of Enchantment. As the Santa Fe New Mexican found, via an Inspection of Public Records Act request, during what was said to be a state “hiring freeze,” the Democrat earned $85 an hour (an annualized rate of more than $175,000) to run “the New Mexico Office of Recovery and Reinvestment.”

But at the same time that Anaya was managing the billions of federal dollars that flowed into the state, the ex-governor seized an opportunity to make some private-sector bucks. Unfortunately, his business “partners” were financial fraudsters.

As the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) determined, neither Anaya nor Pelosi “had any prior experience as officers of public companies.” But in 2009, both were approached by James Cohen and Joseph Corazzi, and offered key management positons in Natural Blue, a business “focusing on green energy projects” that was about to go public. Anaya secured 18.3 percent of the company’s shares, and Pelosi received 16.5 percent.

Over the next few years, Cohen and Corazzi paid themselves lucrative “consulting” fees, while Anaya, ostensibly the enterprise’s CEO, “deferred” to the two “a lot on most stuff.” As for Pelosi, the SEC found that within “a month of Natural Blue’s going public,” he “had another full-time job and was therefore unable to carry out his duties as President.”

Natural Blue “had no revenues, since the company never generated any income through water purification, its acquisitions of ‘green’ technology and equipment, or any other line of business.” For misrepresenting the fact that they were the company’s actual decisionmakers, Cohen and Corazzi each paid SEC fines of $75,000, and both were barred “from acting as an officer or director” of publicly traded corporations. Anaya got off far lighter — no fines, but a ban on “participating in any offering of a penny stock.” No actions were taken against Pelosi, who went on to associate himself with other failed “green” schemes, such as Viscoil, which “dissolved and re-formed in Singapore under a different name,” and Fogfuels, an “innovative biodiesel producer dedicated to protecting the planet and creating clean, sustainable and renewable energy” that does not have a website and has not tweeted since January 2014.

Anaya’s kept a low profile since his SEC wrist-slap, but the prospect of another gusher of revenue from D.C., combined with a deeply partisan Democratic governor in Santa Fe who needs a loyal soldier to manage the lucre, could tempt him to reenter “public service.” If so, will he be a better steward of American taxpayers than he was a protector of Natural Blue shareholders?

Don’t listen to the partisan fear-mongering: voting in-person is safe

In recent weeks, Democrats and the left-wing media have attempted to cast doubt on the safety of voting in-person, with story headlines reading things like “Voting fears in New Mexico amplified amid 2020 tensions.” 

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has been fear-mongering about safety concerns regarding in-person voting, uring “every voter in New Mexico to request an absentee ballot and vote safely by mail during the COVID-19 pandemic.” 

However, June’s primary election went forth without any health concerns or voting locations closed down due to a COVID-19 outbreak. 

Despite the Governor attempting to stigmatize in-person voting, it is the safest way to cast one’s ballot–both in terms of one’s health and one’s security that their vote will be counted. But don’t take my word for it. Listen to the words of Democrats across the state who affirm how safe voting is:

Democrat Bernalillo County Clerk Linda Stover, who oversees the most populous county in New Mexico, said in-person voting is “probably one of the safest places to be in town.” 

Democrat Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver acknowledged the safety of in-person voting. She said, “in-person voting is safe and we’ll be safe here” in all 33 counties of the state. Toulouse previously fought hard at the New Mexico Supreme Court, although unsuccessfully, to hold an all-mail-in election. Democrats claimed it was an “assault on Democracy” not to eliminate in-person voting. 

Although absentee voting is an option, it is not guaranteed, as voting in-person is, that one’s ballot will not be thrown out or discarded. According to a report by NBC News, there is a higher chance that absentee ballots made by people of color will have their mail-in ballots thrown away or disqualified.

University of Florida professor Daniel A. Smith said: 

Hispanic and Black voters were more than twice as likely to have their ballot rejected as white voters in Florida’s 2018 general election. In May, he co-published a review of Georgia’s 2018 midterm election data that found a similar pattern of rejection for voters of color.

When it comes to mail voting, names and addresses can suggest race and create opportunities for implicit bias or added scrutiny. In Georgia, Democratic officials said that election officials can access a voter’s race when they’re checking for a signature match. The state party successfully sued to require multiple poll workers to sign off on a signature mismatch, which they hope will reduce bias.

NBC News writes:

The most common reason ballots are rejected is that they arrive late. Mail service is less reliable in lower-income communities, and many Native American reservations do not have home delivery addresses used for mail voting. The pandemic has stressed mail service across the board, and amid the fiscal crisis, the U.S. Postal Service has ordered recent changes that are expected to slow the mail service.

Based on the available evidence, voting in-person is not only the safest way for voters to cast their votes, it is the preferred method to ensure every voter’s ballot is counted. It is recommended that if a voter wishes to order an absentee ballot, they return their ballot to the County Clerk’s office by mail at least two full weeks before the November 3 election, otherwise, they should hand-deliver their ballot to the County Clerk’s office in their respective counties.

New Mexico’s highest-ranking election chief Maggie Toulouse Oliver herself acknowledges the safety of in-person voting, and so should voters across New Mexico. Vote in-person if possible. More voting information can be found at NMForAll.com.

Reality doesn’t care about your narrative

State Rep. Daymon Ely (D-Corrales), one of the most radical leftists in Santa Fe, isn’t happy about the prospect of conservative Michael Hendricks joining him in the Roundhouse.

So in an “open letter,” Ely grilled up a nothingburger, accusing Hendricks of writing a “crazy rant about the Democrats being like Nazis.”

It never happened, of course.

What Hendricks actually did was note his opponent’s huge fundraising advantage, and thus her ability to “mail a persuasion piece to every likely voter in the district TEN times.” He then paraphrased “what Hitler famously said: If you tell a lie loud enough and long enough, people will believe it. I figured a quote from Hitler was fitting since this is exactly the technique used today by the Far Left Radical groups.”

Tough talk, but that’s to be expected in a tough campaign. Coming in to the KIVA to tell his side of the story, Hendricks defended his words by citing the deep-pocketed liberal entities that are showering a “deluge of cash” on his opponent in the fight for House District 20. That’s not the narrative Ely, eager to play “anti-Semitic” card, wants to project. But it’s the truth.

The mainstream media frequently struggle with the truth, too. Such was the case in the Albuquerque Journal’s coverage of a 2019 suicide at the Duke City police department’s Foothill Substation. The man who killed himself “had behavioral health issues and was in jail or prison for about 75% of his adult life,” but readers didn’t learn that until the 26th paragraph of the article. Santa Fe’s newspaper committed a similar flub, in a story about the filing of “nearly three dozen criminal complaints in Magistrate Court one day last week, many with months-old charges,” which drew “criticism from prosecutors, public defenders and a Santa Fe County judge who said the delays raise public safety concerns and could cause problems with prosecution.” Readers who stuck around for the penultimate paragraph discovered that “there were only four employees in the department’s records unit — down from five — and those employees were only allowed to work four hours per week from May 6 through June 30, due to furloughs.”

Americans were told that if they complied with the heavy-handed — and as one federal judge put it, “presumptively unconstitutional” — dictates said to “protect” us from COVID-19, all would be well. That’s another narrative proving to be factually flawed. USA TODAY reports that “Alaska, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming” are each setting records for coronavirus spikes, and in all, “39 states reported more … cases in the last week than they had in the week before.” DallasBostonPennsylvania and New JerseyBrusselsGermanyScotland — the data indicate that masks and hand sanitizer and “social distancing” cannot halt the spread of a disease that is highly contagious. “The Rona” is unstoppable, and it’s long past time for a national conversation that exposes “the lockdown agenda as cruel pseudoscience that has had a devastating economic, medical, social, and cultural impact on everyone but especially the poor and struggling.”

“Reality,” novelist Philip K. Dick wrote, “is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.”

Roibal: Trump, Ronchetti, Herrell will put New Mexico families first

New Mexico families have the opportunity to elect politicians who advocate for the “kitchen table issues” that New Mexican Families face every day, such as rebuilding a strong economy with economic opportunity for all, a working public and private education system to educate our children to prepare them for the jobs in a post-COVID world, and enforcing law-and-order to ensure safe communities to raise the next generation. 

Our current elected Democrat officials are focused on implementing far-left ideas such as the Green New Deal which would directly hurt New Mexico pocketbooks through the loss of high-paying oil and gas revenue. Education in New Mexico would suffer since, in 2019, 41% of New Mexico state tax revenue was from the oil and gas industry. In a state like New Mexico, which has significant poor and underserved, our priority should be to provide each New Mexican family with a high quality of life.  

2020 is the opportunity for New Mexico families to kick out the career politicians, such as Democrat Rep. Deb Haaland (NM-1), who spent the months leading up to the COVID-19 pandemic jet-setting across the United States as Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign co-chair, knocking on doors in Iowa rather than doing her job working for New Mexicans in Washington, D.C. If you believe in strong, conservative representatives in Washington D.C. to advocate on behalf of New Mexico Families, 2020 is the year for New Mexico families to unite in support of Donald Trump, Mark Ronchetti, and Yvette Herrell who will put New Mexico families first. 

President Donald Trump has provided the blueprint of “America First” principles which, before the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns caused by Democrat governors including Michelle Lujan Grisham, yielded the greatest economy in the history of the United States, including the lowest Hispanic unemployment rate as a direct result of Trump’s “America First” policies. 

Mark Ronchetti and Yvette Herrell both will put “New Mexico First” by protecting New Mexico’s Economy from extremely misguided government regulation, protect our great Law Enforcement, and give New Mexico strong representation in Washington D.C. in replacement of D.C. politicians Xochitl Torres Small and Ben Ray Luján. We cannot allow misguided ideologues to lead us astray from the principles and values which have gotten us this far.

If we elect Ben Ray Luján to the United States Senate, we can expect more of the same from the six-term NM CD-3 representative. Ben Ray will be entrenched in the U.S. Senate until retirement, following the exact same “Democrat playbook” of previous NM CD-3 Rep. Tom Udall, who was elected to U.S. Senate and is now only vacating the seat due to retirement. For far too long we have allowed our elected officials to focus on their careers on the dime of hard-working American families. 2020 is the year that we get our government back to work for the people of New Mexico. 

Joaquin Roibal is an American patriot and conservative activist in Albuquerque, New Mexico who believes in American sovereignty and independence. Mr. Roibal studied Mining Engineering at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro, New Mexico. Follow him on Twitter @JoaquinRoibal.

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MLG has hissy fit on Twitter after Pelosi refuses to negotiate with Trump on COVID-19 relief

In September, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham testified in front of the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services, asking them to bail out New Mexico, citing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and low oil prices. 

During her testimony, she repeatedly claimed she would be “tightening” her “belt” in the coming months and years. However, she has spent billions of state dollars on her costly pet projects, including implementing a new state department offering free daycare and the “Energy Transition Act,” which will totally wipe out all oil and gas producers within a few short years. Currently, 39% of New Mexico’s budget is sustained by the oil and gas industry.

While President Trump’s team has been trying to work on a second round of COVID-19 relief for Americans, Democrats have refused to negotiate with the Administration’s proposals, the President offering up to $1.6 trillion in relief, whereas Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and her caucus have refused to make concessions from their $2.4 trillion proposal

On Tuesday, President Trump wrote on Twitter, “Nancy Pelosi is asking for $2.4 Trillion Dollars to bailout poorly run, high crime, Democrat States, money that is in no way related to COVID-19. We made a very generous offer of $1.6 Trillion Dollars and, as usual, she is not negotiating in good faith. I am rejecting their request, and looking to the future of our Country. I have instructed my representatives to stop negotiating until after the election when, immediately after I win, we will pass a major Stimulus Bill that focuses on hardworking Americans and Small Business. I have asked [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell not to delay, but to instead focus full time on approving my outstanding nominee to the United States Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett. Our Economy is doing very well. The Stock Market is at record levels, JOBS and unemployment also coming back in record numbers. We are leading the World in Economic Recovery, and THE BEST IS YET TO COME!” 

Clearly rattled by the President’s statement, Lujan Grisham retweeted the President’s post, writing, “Thousands of New Mexicans need the federal government’s help right now. Not November, not whenever you get around to it. The pandemic is real, the economic crisis is real – whether you believe in them or not, Mr. President. Do your job.” 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Lujan Grisham refused to trim the fat off of her bloated 2020 $7.6 billion state budget, trimming it to only $7.22 billion, while cutting $318 critical federal COVID-19 relief for tribal communities and local governments. 

Lujan Grisham has totally locked down New Mexico, which has killed most industries, including the tourism industry, which trickles down into many sectors of the economy. As of the latest jobs number report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, New Mexico’s unemployment rate was 34% higher than the unemployment rate nationwide and nearly double that of every neighboring state, including Colorado, which is also run by a Democrat governor. The neighboring states’ unemployment numbers are as follows: Arizona at 5.9%, Colorado at 6.7%, Texas at 6.8%, and Utah at 4.1%.


Lujan Grisham has refused to ease coronavirus restrictions in recent weeks, with the state’s small businesses and even larger businesses being forced into temporary or permanent closure. Just this week, the governor has gone after a trampoline park for reopening, while the state has seen more businesses shuttered.

New Mexico Democrats unite behind porn star-turned state House candidate Roger Montoya

On Monday, following the revelation that Roger Montoya, the Democrat nominee for the New Mexico House of Representatives, confirmed he acted in multiple hard-core pornographic films, first reported on by the Piñon Post, high-profile Democrats came to his defense.  

The state Democrat Party went on full damage control mode, with Speaker Brian Egolf bemoaning the fact that the Santa Fe New Mexican was reporting on the news, despite Montoya bringing public attention to it by offering a comment. 

Egolf said he was “disappointed tremendously” that the Santa Fe New Mexican saw the story as newsworthy and that “People should, and I believe do, make their decision on whom to support in an election based on who they are and what they can offer to their community.” 

In Montoya’s statement, he blamed his youth and need to use the funds to pay his way through college for selling his body and having unprotected sexual intercourse in multiple pornographic films. He wrote, “As a 22-year-old struggling college student, I was a modern dancer and performer living in Los Angeles.” He continues, “I was auditioning for commercials and doing my best to succeed. Among those choices were two adult films I acted in as an adult, with other adults, in a very different environment and time.” It should be noted that most struggling college students do not turn to pornography to pay their bills, and most actors do not either. According to the Hollywood Reporter, many in the entertainment industry have taken jobs in the foodservice industry — not pornography.

Montoya also tried to erroneously blame the Republican Party for his past actions as a porn star, despite the Piñon Post uncovering this evidence, not the Republican Party. Democrat Party chair Marg Elliston doubled down, claiming it was a Republican attack, and trying to pass the buck on President Trump, although the President has never had sex for money or performed sexual acts in any pornographic films, as Montoya has. 

Democrat U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland (NM-1) went on Twitter echoing much of the same rhetoric, writing, “The #NMGOP is quick to act high and mighty but their presidential candidate has assaulted women, lied over 20,000 times, and failed to protect Americans from COVID. @montoya_for has lifted up New Mexicans, and I have his back.”

New Mexico state Rep. Joy Garratt commented on a post by a Dr. Brittany Fallon trying to normalize Montoya’s actions, writing, “It’s up to the voters, and Dr. Brittany, thanks for the insertion of common sense humor.” 

In the Democrat Party of New Mexico statement, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich wrote that he encouraged Montoya to run, adding, “If I were a 19 year old kid struggling with addiction or exploitation, Roger is exactly who I would want as a mentor.”

The Republican Party of New Mexico urged Montoya to drop out of the race, writing in a statement, “It’s clear that Montoya’s values are not in line with the conservative values of the people of Northern New Mexico.” New Mexico Republican Party Chairman Steve Pearce wrote, “This irresponsible and reckless behavior of starring in gay porno films, whether it takes place now or years ago, is unbecoming of any candidate or elected official.” 

Montoya’s Republican opponent Justin Salazar-Torrez said that the “voters would have to decide” if Montoya is the right choice for New Mexico’s 40th District. 

The Democrats’ response to Montya’s announcement now appears to show their overwhelming support for their candidates to have acted in pornographic films where the individuals had unprotected sexual intercourse. By this standard, if a Republican or Independent candidate were found out to have acted in explicit material like this, they should also get a free pass, per the Democrats’ own standard, although that scenario is not likely to come up.

Montoya is a favorite of many top-level Democrat politicians in New Mexico. He has the endorsements of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, and has received over $2,500 from “MLG PAC,” Lujan Grisham’s political action committee. He has received campaign funds and endorsements from the pro-abortion group Planned Parenthood Votes New Mexico and the environmental group the Sierra Club. In 2019, Gov. Lujan Grisham appointed Montoya to the Human Rights Commission at the Department of Workforce Solutions following the CNN award. Gov. Lujan Grisham has not commented on Montoya’s confirmation of his sex work.

Truth, no matter how long-buried, has a way of surfacing

“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”

— William Faulkner

The wisdom of one of America’s greatest writers can’t be lost on Roger Montoya.

The far-left Democrat, running for a seat in the New Mexico House of Representatives, claims that his “life’s work has centered on the health and wellness of generations of young people and those in need.” A dozen years ago, he “co-founded Moving Arts Española, an after-school program for children of all ages.” CNN, he brags, “recognized my work … as a 2019 Hero in the Visionary category.”

But a little investigative digging, the Piñon Post reports, has uncovered that the “hero” and “visionary” has left something off his résumé: his time in porn.

Montoya, using the names “Joe Savage” and “Eric Martinez,” appears to have “acted” in “multiple gay films titled ‘Hot Male Mechanics,’ ‘Spring Training,’ ‘The Lumber Yard,’ ‘Falcon Bareback,’ and ‘Hot Chili Peppers 2.’”

While the Post “reached out to Mr. Montoya for comment via telephone and email correspondence on multiple occasions,” it “did not hear back and could not leave a message due to his voicemail inbox being full.” One wonders what his powerful endorsers — including Michelle Lujan GrishamMartin Heinrich, the American Federation of Teachers, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal EmployeesConservation Voters New Mexico, and Planned Parenthood — think about Montoya’s past.

Okay, okay. It’s prime election time, and embarrassing revelations are bound to emerge in what is already a very nasty year for politics. But far more sinister turpitude plague New Mexico.

Ask Phillip Munson.

His group, Stop Elite Child Trafficking, is pressing for the truth about the depravity that doubtless occurred on Zorro Ranch. Yes, Jeffrey Epstein is dead. But neither state nor federal officials in the Land of Enchantment appear interested in exactly what went on at the property, located in unincorporated Santa Fe County. So Munson and his allies have organized a “mystery march,” to raise awareness about what Eddy Aragon calls “the worst-kept secret in the state of New Mexico.”

Secrets. New Mexico’s political class thrives on them. But more and more, citizen activistsand gutsy media outlets aren’t willing to ignore the corruption at the core of power in the Land of Enchantment.

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