Recently, Democrat Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who has faced constant scandal during her tenure as governor, released a campaign ad featuring a Portales woman named “Carla.” The woman, who is now a nurse, credits Lujan Grisham in the ad for helping her get her degree through the Governor’s “free college” Opportunity Scholarship program.
The problem is that the legislation was only enacted just days ago on July 1st, making it impossible for “Carla” to have been a beneficiary of the initiative.
“I promised my parents I’d become a nurse, but I couldn’t have done it without the Governors Opportunity Scholarship. Nursing school is completely free,” Carla Osborn said in the campaign ad:
KOAT 7 News debunked Osborn’s claims. “Target 7 dug deeper into the nurse Carla Osborn. According to the governor’s campaign she started nursing school in 2017 two years before the governor was sworn into office. Rodriguez said that Osborn received some of the opportunity scholarship money in her final semester. She graduated at the end of 2021,” the television station reported.
The station further proved that the facility Lujan Grisham was attempting to pass off as Portales was actually a hospital in Santa Rosa — a place Osborn does not work.
“The ad says Osborn is from Portales. It shows her driving to work at a hospital and sitting in the front of it chatting with the governor. Target 7 found that hospital is in Santa Rosa which would be about a two-hour commute from Portales. The governor’s campaign acknowledged Osborn doesn’t actually work there,” the report found.
This is just the latest attempt by Lujan Grisham’s campaign to skirt the truth in her campaign to dodge her record.
After the exposé hit, Republican Governor’s Association’s Will Reinert wrote on Twitter, “Whoa — @GovMLG ‘s opening campaign ad is 1 MASSIVE lie, according to @koat7news. The woman began nursing school 2 years before @Michelle4NM became Gov. She doesn’t work at a hospital, like the one featured in the ad. The time she spent in school was not ‘completely free.’”