In February, state Rep. Melanie Stansbury (D-Bernalillo) raised eyebrows with what many are calling a “racist statement,” telling displaced former energy workers who lost their jobs due to Democrats’ eco-green policies just to sell “your art or your wool” if they came from a Diné Navajo community.
Rep. Rod Montoya (R-San Juan), who comes from a minority community, previously blasted Stansbury for the “ obscene” remark. He said, “Why were these comments not plastered all over social media or in local news? I can only surmise that her comments were ignored because she is a ‘well-meaning,’ white, progressive Democrat who is running for Congress.”
Stansbury won the Democrats’ nomination for Congress in the special First District election to replace current Interior secretary Deb Haaland who vacated the seat.
She faces Republican state Sen. Mark Moores, Independent Aubrey Dunn, Jr., a perennial candidate, and Libertarian Chris Manning, who does not live in the district.
Stansbury, who claims to have roots in the state, has spent the last 20 years in the District of Columbia working for politicians, moving back in 2018 to run for a state legislative seat she was alleged to be hand-picked by Sen. Martin Heinrich to run for.
The special election to replace Haaland will occur on June 1, 2021. Early voting begins on March 15 and goes until May 29. It is unclear if Stansbury’s racist statement toward Diné workers will be a topic of discussion on the campaign. However, her opponents have bashed her for support for the “BREATHE Act,” which aims to defund the police.