Why Elisa Martinez supporters should vote for Gavin Clarkson in the 2020 Republican primary

It has been approximately two weeks since U.S. Senate candidate Gavin Clarkson discovered a video of fellow Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mark Ronchetti’s speech at a 2019 “climate change” conference where Ronchetti called President Donald Trump “The Orange One.” Additional videos have surfaced of Mark Ronchetti making several “jokes” about Trump—as the President is focused on flipping New Mexico to Republican and will be on the “top of the ticket” in the November 2020 election. Since that time, most 2020 Republican primary voters have switched their support to either Elisa Martinez or Dr. Gavin Clarkson. 

Republican primary voters must elect a candidate who most aligns with the Republican Party values of Faith, Family, and Freedom. When Mark Ronchetti announced his candidacy in January 2020 to much fanfare, many New Mexicans assumed that his name recognition would translate into an easy win in the Republican Primary. It’s time for New Mexico Republican voters to unite behind a single candidate with less than two weeks until the Republican Primary on June 2, 2020. 

Because Mark Ronchetti has few (if any) vocal supporters, and no experience in Politics—other than his remarks about President Donald Trump and similar commentary regarding Susana Martinez (as discovered by John Block), some Elisa Martinez’s supporters have decided to spread false narratives about Dr. Gavin Clarkson’s political legacy. If Gavin Clarkson and Elisa Martinez supporters continue tearing each other down, Mark Ronchetti will win due to his “mass appeal” among low-information voters. The result could allow him to become the nominee without addressing the concerns of Republican Primary voters. 

A brief Bio about Dr. Clarkson: Gavin is a U.S. Navy Veteran who attended Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School. Gavin worked as a New Mexico State University “Business Law” Professor before being appointed to serve in the Trump Administration, subsequently running for New Mexico’s Second Congressional District in 2018. After the Secretary of State Republican Nominee “dropped out” of the race a few months before the general election, Gavin was the overwhelming choice of Republican voters in September 2018 to take on Maggie Toulouse Oliver for New Mexico Secretary of State. 

Some of the comments from Elisa Martinez supporters Include the following controversial topics, such as Clarkson: 1. Lost to Maggie Toulouse Oliver in a “landslide,” 2. Resigned from the Trump Administration in a “controversy” and 3 is a “Carpetbagger,” as well as an out-of-touch “Elitist.”  

The real story behind these sensationalist tales is that: Gavin was the overwhelming choice of Republican State Party Leadership in 2018 during a vote in September 2018 to run against Maggie Toulouse Oliver, and despite a very short period of time to campaign (2 months), Gavin still managed a terrific showing including overperforming with the Tribal Vote. 

Secondly, Martinez supporters have continuously posted a far-left Washington Post article from 2017, which insinuated that Dr. Clarkson was coerced to resign in shame. The source of this article, and a ProPublica article on the same topic, is Human Rights Watch, a well known left-wing anti-life organization. 

Third, for some inexplicable reason, Elisa Martinez supporters have criticized Dr. Clarkson for attending Harvard Law School, in an attempt to paint him as an out-of-touch “D.C. Elitist.” Gavin has deep ties to New Mexico, including visiting his grandfather (in Las Cruces) as a child and years spent as a Business Law Professor at New Mexico State University. One of the statutory requirements of running for New Mexico Secretary of State was a requirement that the candidate resides in New Mexico for the previous Five Years. Gavin attended multiple freedom rallies around New Mexico during his official campaign for U.S. Senate, demonstrating time and time again that he is in touch with the conservative movements in New Mexico.

On May 20, 2020, a debate was scheduled on the KIVA Rock of Talk radio show hosted by Eddy Aragon, from 5:30-6:45 PM. Dr. Clarkson was the only candidate who attended the debate, even driving from Las Cruces to Albuquerque. The other two senate candidates who live in Albuquerque couldn’t be bothered to show up to the debate to create a more informed electorate. 

Now is the time for supporters of Elisa Martinez to support Gavin Clarkson. Gavin is pro-life, pro-Trump, a U.S. Navy Veteran, and has the electability to defeat Ben Ray Lujan in the November 2020 General Election, a “Far-Left” candidate who is endorsed by out-of-state pro-abortion groups such as NARAL. It is time for Republican Primary Voters to unite behind the most qualified and professional candidate who has the strongest skills and abilities to serve as our next U.S. Senator, Dr. Gavin Clarkson. 

Joaquin Roibal, M. Sci.

Joaquin is a graduate of New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology with a Master of Science in Mining Engineering. Joaquin believes in a strong, independent, and prosperous United States. Joaquin can be reached through twitter (@JoaquinRoibal) or Medium.com/@Joaquin_Roibal .

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2 thoughts on “Why Elisa Martinez supporters should vote for Gavin Clarkson in the 2020 Republican primary”

  1. The author of this piece concludes that there are a significant number of “low-information” voters amongst the Republican party ranks and that this fact will potentially give an “edge” to Ronchetti.
    Personally I find it rather offensive that the author would characterize so many Republican voters that way. If this were, perhaps, the general election whereby all eligible voters might participate regardless of party affiliation there might be some “truth” to his argument. Otherwise, not so much.

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