Over one week since conservative firebrand Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) visited New Mexico to stump for GOP Congresswoman Yvette Herrell of the Second Congressional District and GOP gubernatorial nominee Mark Ronchetti, far-left Rep. Teresa Leger Fernandez of the Third District is still having a fit over the Republican governor’s Carlsbad rally.
In an angry-sounding fundraising email, Leger Fernandez’s team wrote, “DeSantis’ presence here, less than 100 days out from the election, is further evidence that the GOP is preparing to flood New Mexico with dark money and far-right propaganda in the coming weeks.” In actuality, DeSantis has disclosed his campaign donors, and so has Ronchetti.
Leger Fernandez, on the other hand, has taken dark money from the likes of the pro-abortion groups EMILY’s List and Planned Parenthood, as well as other leftist dark money organizations. As for the so-called “far-right propaganda” spread, there’s no evidence to suggest anything of the sort.
The Democrat’s campaign team continued, “In a GOP-led New Mexico, we could see dangerous legislation like the anti-voting, anti-abortion, anti-LGBTQ+ bills passed in states like Florida by extremists like DeSantis.”
“We must make our stand now and reject their extremist ideology — ahora es cuando! We need every New Mexican to add their voice — tell DeSantis and the GOP: Stay OUT of New Mexico!”
The Leger Fernandez team’s panicky rhetoric is devoid of facts. DeSantis has enacted measures in Florida to make it easier to vote but harder to cheat. He has also enacted bills against the grooming of children in schools, which Leger Fernandez apparently finds “dangerous” and anti-LGBTQ+” despite most Americans supporting such reforms.
Leger Fernandez, a first-term representative, faces a much tougher re-election challenge this year with the political map gerrymandered by Santa Fe Democrats to steal representation from the southern GOP-held congressional district, which diluted her previously Democrat+14 district to a mere Democrat+5 partisan lean. Republican Alexis Martinez Johnson is running against the Democrat congresswoman.