Politics: Enter at your own risk

LAS CRUCES, NM- Dr. Gavin Clarkson, the Republican nominee for Secretary of State, released a memorandum this afternoon (attached) encouraging county clerks throughout New Mexico to refuse to certify any ballot that contains a straight party option. The missive is co-authored by Michael Hendricks and A. Blair Dunn, the Republican and Libertarian nominees for Attorney General respectively.

“We all recognize that our respective roles,” the attorneys wrote in their joint statement, “will be to enforce the law as enacted by the Legislature and signed by the Governor, regardless of whether we agree with the policy rationale.”

They promised, if elected, to enforce straight-party voting only if a law is passed requiring it, saying, “We all believe that such policy matters appropriately belong to the Legislature.”

ALBUQUERQUE—Steve Pearce campaign manager Paul Smith today issued the following statement in response to KOAT-TV Albuquerque pulling an attack ad, which made provably falsely claims against Steve Pearce, and was paid for by national Democrats using a phony New Mexico front group "Stronger New Mexico." The group, which is funded by dark money special interests and allied with Michelle Lujan Grisham, is run out of a PO Box in Santa Fe.

ALBUQUERQUE — Steve Pearce, candidate for Governor, issued the following statement today on the systemic failure to protect children and communities in the Taos compound case:

"The judicial system has failed our state again – this time through the incomprehensible neglect of the Taos District Attorney to meet a simple hearing deadline. New Mexico's prosecutors must do their job to protect our children and communities from dangerous criminals. As Governor, I will demand our officers of the court act when children and communities are at risk. The case in Taos is unacceptable at all levels. The state and the nation are outraged by this incompetence."

ALBUQUERQUE – Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver's attempt to revive the likely illegal practice of straight-ticket voting is now being slammed by Republicans, Libertarians, and Democrats alike. Shortly after the Secretary of State's announcement, Sen. Jacob Candelaria, an Albuquerque Democrat, called the maneuver out for what it is: a blatantly partisan attempt to tip the scales in favor of one party.

"Straight ticket voting is such obvious attempt to rig elections in favor of Democrats that even Democrats are calling it an act of 'vicious partisanship,'" said RPNM Chairman Ryan Cangiolosi. "Our democracy is built on the principle of free and fair elections, not partisan maneuvering that leads to one-party control. Candidates from all parties should continue to denounce the Secretary of State's likely illegal attempt to manipulate our elections in order to consolidate power for one party.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM- Dr. Gavin Clarkson, Republican nominee for Secretary of State, released the following statement after Maggie Toulouse Oliver's announcement today that she will unilaterally reinstate straight-party voting for this November's general election ballot:

"Maggie Toulouse Oliver's unilateral and likely illegal straight-party ballot decree is an attack on our democracy and the rule of law. Sadly this act of voter suppression is just another cynical example of the abuse of power in the service of extreme partisanship. That's why I'm running to restore impartiality and integrity to our state's ethics and elections.

"Straight-party voting was repealed in 2001 by a Democratic legislature and a Republican governor, Gary Johnson. Specifically, House Bill 931 repealed Section 1-9-4 of the Election Code, which permitted each voter "to vote a straight party ticket in one operation." That was the only law authorizing straight party voting in New Mexico, and it has been gone for nearly two decades.

ALBUQUERQUE—Steve Pearce, candidate for Governor, issued the following statement today following reports that New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver intends a last minute switch to straight party voting for this November's election.

"Today, Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver attacked democracy with a partisan move to rig elections and disenfranchise voters. I call on my opponent, Michelle Lujan Grisham, to stand up for fair elections and join with me in denouncing this corrupt, anti-democratic act. The voters of New Mexico deserve free and fair elections not blatantly partisan and corrupt public officials. Maggie Toulouse Oliver's actions are creating a grave crisis in democracy of our state."

ALBUQUERQUE—Democratic Mayor of Grants Martin Hicks today endorsed Steve Pearce for Governor. Mayor Hicks joins a growing list of prominent Democrats to endorse Pearce including former Democratic Governor Jerry Apodaca and Dorothy Runnels, a lifelong Democrat and widow of former Congressman Harold Runnels.

"As a lifelong Democrat and current Mayor of Grants, my top priority is creating good paying jobs for the citizens I serve. That's why I'm endorsing Steve Pearce for Governor: he will be a jobs governor for all New Mexicans. Steve Pearce is the only candidate in this race with the business experience needed to bring good paying jobs and sustainable economic growth to all of New Mexico, including rural parts of our state like Cibola County. He is a dedicated public servant, serving not only as a combat pilot in Vietnam but also in the New Mexico legislature and now the United States Congress. His broad experience is what we need in a Governor.

ALBUQUERQUE—Steve Pearce, candidate for Governor, announced today his plans to bring auto manufacturing and assembly jobs to New Mexico. Following the announcement of the new U.S.-Mexico trade deal, which increases requirements for North American made car content, Pearce, a former businessman and job creator, announced that as Governor he will bring together all resources of state government, the business community, and local leaders to create high-paying auto manufacturing and assembly jobs in New Mexico.

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