Someone files ‘Breaking Bad’ character to run for New Mexico congressional seat

According to a Federal Election Commission (FEC) filing, the main character from AMX/FX’s hit show Breaking Bad, filmed and set in New Mexico, is running for Congress as a Republican in the state’s Second Congressional District.

A June 16, 2023 filing shows “Walter Hartwell White/ Jesse Bruce Pinkman” had registered a committee for the former to run for the Second District. White’s character, an Albuquerque-based former chemistry teacher from the show, became a meth cook who sold the drug to the cartel to pay for his cancer treatment and ended up becoming a legend in his own right known as “Heisenberg.” Pinkman was White’s partner in crime who worked as his drug dealer in the show.

The filing listed “3828 Piermont Dr” in Albuquerque as the candidate’s address — the filming location of White’s fictitious house on “308 Negro Arroyo Lane” from the television show. The address is not within the Second District, although candidates need not live in the district to run, unlike state legislative candidates who must live in the district they aim to represent.

The committee name, “Gus Associates,” pays homage to the show’s cartel boss Gustavo “Gus” Fring, listing the committee’s filing address as that of the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park in Las Cruces.

Following the fake campaign filing, the FEC wrote in a June 25, 2023 letter to the entity, “It has come to the attention of the Federal Election Commission that you may have failed to include the true, correct, or candidate information under 52 U.S.C. § 30102(e) when you filed FEC Form 2.”

It added, “Furthermore, the Commission requires the filing to be true, correct, and complete. When you filed FEC Form 2, you made the following certification: ‘I certify that I have examined this Statement and to the best of my knowledge and belief it is true, correct and complete.’ The Commission also informed you on that form that: ‘Submission of false, erroneous, or incomplete information may subject the person signing this Statement to the penalties of 52 U.S.C. § 30109.’” 

“It is not known who filed the FEC candidate paperwork for the fictional characters. The FEC said it would crack down on fake candidate filings in 2016 after several fake presidential candidates were listed for the vacant office,” wrote KOAT 7.

Former Congresswoman Yvette Herrell is the sole legitimate Republican candidate in the Second District, while Democrat Rep. Gabe Vasquez is attempting to run for another term after narrowly beating Herrell in 2022.


5 thoughts on “Someone files ‘Breaking Bad’ character to run for New Mexico congressional seat”

  1. Anything to disrupt the election process. This wasn’t a GOP candidate that filed this crap…it was a DNC opposition person…a person known by the employees who took the information from the filing. Whoever permitted this to happen “needs” to be, not should, not maybe…”NEEDS” to be criminally charged and arrested for election interference, Including the person, County or State employee, and notary public, who took this application. This is a face-to-face process, where a notary is employed to notarize this application. The signature is verified by the notary public… Enough of this DNC political gerrymandering BS…

    1. I doubt they’ll be able to identify the person(s) who filed this paperwork nor the county employee who helped, just like the FBI isn’t able to identify the person who left their cocaine in the White House.

  2. Breaking Bad–BAD NEWS for New Mexico!! Nothing like being known as the state where a movie series promotes the making and distribution of meth! And non parenting parents buy their kids the T-shirts and all the garb. Again accepting/promoting drug use..

  3. Stephanie McKenzie

    Well, if someone wants to make a joke by running Walter White for congress as long as they don’t make it legal I’m OK with people trying to be funny. But at least they should stay true to character. Walter would not be a Republican, he would definitely be on board with defund the police and open borders. And Brian Cranston, who played him, is definitely NOT a Republican. And why in the world would you want to honor that series? Yeah, we get a lot of tourists in Albuquerque because of it, but unfortunately some of them think it was real! It was full of evil characters and even though Walter was killed at the end justice was not fully served.
    It’s not a series New Mexicans should be proud of and unfortunately I think those people responsible for this illegal act were not doing it as a joke but as an interference in our elections – which we already have enough of!

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