2020 is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to “clean house” and remove the out-of-touch career politicians who have cost New Mexico so dearly. For far too long, our elected representatives have focused more on their own careers within the “Democrat Machine” than on serving New Mexico families. For Example, NM CD-1 Representative Deb Haaland served as campaign co-chair for Elizabeth Warren’s failed presidential campaign in 2020. Deb spent the months leading up to the COVID-19 pandemic door-knocking in Iowa rather than doing her job and working on behalf of New Mexico families in Washington, D.C.
I am recommending that all patriots do not engage in “party politics” like the Democrats, and instead, evaluate each candidate on their own merits and provide monetary support and volunteer hours directly to the candidates that have the clearest path to victory so we can put some true conservatives in US and NM Government.
As a lifelong conservative who spent the previous 10 months on the campaign trail attending events, researching candidates, and promoting conservative values, I have a unique understanding of many of the Republican candidates running in 2020. I would like to highlight a few of the true conservative candidates who I believe to have a path to victory with adequate resources, professionalism, and dedication to the art & science of politics. I personally vouch that these candidates are worthy of volunteers, donations, and our votes in November to represent us in Washington, D.C., and Santa Fe, N.M.
First, let’s start at the top of the ticket with our great president, Donald Trump. It was just announced that Trump has raised $1.1 billion dollars for his re-election campaign. President Trump has spent significant resources on grassroots organizing in New Mexico with the Trump Victory Initiative, who are coordinating volunteers and have knocked on tens of thousands of doors in New Mexico already — and it’s only August. Mr. Trump is dedicated to electing Republicans up and down the ballot.
Among our U.S. congressional nominees, I will start with Michelle Garcia Holmes, because District 1, which covers Albuquerque and Torrance County, as well as parts of Sandoval, Santa Fe, and Valencia counties, is densely populated and the economic / entertainment center of New Mexico. The current representative for NM CD-1, Democrat Deb Haaland, must be held accountable and fired for working as a campaign co-chair on Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign. Deb’s inability to perform her job duties is enough to vote Deb out of office, and her recent comments labeling destructive rioters “peaceful protestors” shows that Deb does not have New Mexico’s or the United States’ best interests at heart. As a former police officer and New Mexico Attorney General Chief of Staff, Garcia Holmes has the experience and qualifications to represent New Mexico’s families in “The People’s House.” CD-1 is Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s former seat, so unless we vote out Deb in 2020, we can expect Haaland to follow the “Democrat Playbook” and become our next governor.
Next is Mark Ronchetti, who is running against current six-term NM CD-3 representative Ben Ray Luján who is Assistant Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, under Speaker Nancy Pelosi. In another shining example of the “Democrat Playbook” at work in New Mexico, CD-3 has laid the foundation of many Democrat political careers, including Bill Richardson (former New Mexico governor) and Tom Udall, who retired from NM CD-3 to run for U.S. Senate, where he has sat since 2008 and is only giving up his seat due to retirement.
Ben is attempting the same “play” in moving from NM CD-3, after a comfortable career of no real Republican challengers, and if Ben Ray Luján is elected in 2020 to U.S. Senate, we can expect another 40 years of an entrenched, out-of-touch career politician who takes his orders from the Democrat Party leadership rather than listening to the people of New Mexico. In only seven months, Mark has caught up to speed, won the Republican primary with a resounding victory, and is listening to the concerns of New Mexico’s voters. Mark has my full support because of his conservative values and ability to best represent me as a U.S. senator.
Finally, among the federal candidates, we have Yvette Herrell, who has tremendous momentum building towards November 2020. In a “rematch” of 2018, we have Herrell against Xochitl Torres Small, and NM CD-2 was named the most competitive district in the county, with Xochitl’s seat at risk. Additionally, Herrell has received endorsements from Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and former New Mexico U.S. Congressman Harry Teague (D-NM), showing broad support. Yvette was recently accepted into the NRCC Young Guns programs, their highest tier of candidates. NM CD-2 was a district that should not have been lost in 2018 and is poised to be taken back by Yvette for Republicans in 2020.
Regarding New Mexico state-level politics, we have a historic number of Republican candidates running for New Mexico’s state House and Senate. I encourage each person to look up their New Mexico House and Senate candidates at the “Respect New Mexico” website and support them. Three of the best examples that I have seen of state-level candidates are Stefani Lord, Michaela Chavez, and Joey Tiano. Stefani is a true patriot who has stood up to the New Mexico governor regarding the “red flag” gun-grabbing laws and won’t back down when elected. Michaela Chavez is new to politics but shows a dedication to listening to the voters of New Mexico and has what it takes to represent us in the Legislature. Finally, Joey Tiano, who is running for the New Mexico Senate, has the skills and knowledge as a former Police Officer to keep our families safe and make sure that Michelle Lujan Grisham is following the U.S. and New Mexico Constitutions.
In New Mexico, the Democrats have complete control, which has given Michelle Lujan Grisham total, unchecked power. In 2020, we must “get back to the basics” including separation of powers. We need strong American Patriots in the New Mexico Legislature to curb the government overreach. Let’s Flip New Mexico Red and stop the Democrat Machine in 2020!!
Joaquin Roibal is a writer, engineer, and conservative activist who believes in a strong, independent, and prosperous USA. Former New Mexico Tech Student Body President and former Alexis Johnson for Congress Campaign Manager, Joaquin is a force in U.S. Politics.
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