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ALBUQUERQUE – Michelle Lujan Grisham has once again proven that she'll say anything to get elected. After her first ever briefing at New Mexico's southern border, Lujan Grisham tried to run away from her long record of refusing to support border security.

"After years of blocking any common sense compromise on immigration reform in Congress, Michelle Lujan Grisham used her first ever border briefing as opportunity to flip-flop for political convenience once again," said RPNM Chairman Ryan Cangiolosi. "Michelle Lujan Grisham says she is now for border security, including a wall at the southern border, just a month after voting against a compromise bill that would have provided border security and a DACA fix in Congress. New Mexico voters know better. Michelle Lujan Grisham is a career politician who lacks leadership, vision and good policy ideas to move our state forward. Sadly, she will say anything to get elected."

When asked about a wall at the border Lujan Grisham responded:
 
"And if they 'say that this physical barrier is going to help us, I think Congress has to have the resources to do that, and states need to be as supportive as they can.'" (Las Cruces Sun News, Diana Alba-Soular, August 14, 2018)
 
Yet, just a month ago in Congress, Lujan Grisham voted once again with Nancy Pelosi to block ANY compromise legislation that would have provided funds to secure our border and fix DACA.
 
And earlier this summer, Lujan Grisham called for National Guard troops assisting with border security to be removed from their posts.

ALBUQUERQUE—Steve Pearce, candidate for Governor, renewed his call for protection of Native American artists and jewelers throughout New Mexico. Recently, Pearce met with Native American artists and jewelers coinciding with the Gallup Inter Tribal Indian Ceremonial and discussed his work on the issue. Pearce has previously taken action to give Native American artists and jewelers long sought after relief in combatting cheap fake products coming into the country and hurting their livelihood.

"Native American artists and jewelers across New Mexico have long sought relief in combatting cheap fake products coming into the country, which are misrepresented as authentic and original American Indian artwork—an enterprise that not only exploits their cultural traditions but their livelihood and has diverted millions of dollars from Native American communities, artists, and families," said Pearce.

Pearce said the schemes are so elaborate that one village in the Philippines even changed its name to "Zuni" in order to stamp their imported jewelry as made in Zuni. "Many Native American families in our state rely on the production of their artwork as a primary source of income and enforcing existing regulations for artists is critical to protecting their families and communities," said Pearce.

ALBUQUERQUE—Paul Smith, campaign manager for Steve Pearce for Governor, issued the following statement in response to Michelle Lujan Grisham's latest television ad:

"First, Michelle Lujan Grisham tried to copy Steve Pearce's jobs message. Now, days after Steve Pearce began airing his education ad, she is launching her own ad parroting Steve Pearce's apprenticeship plan, which has been out for months. The truth is that in Congress she never wrote a bill that was passed into law. Now we see her campaign lacks leadership on the issues too.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — After twice refusing to appear at events in New Mexico next to Nancy Pelosi, Xochitl Torres Small did not hesitate to stand shoulder to shoulder with the San Fransisco Democrat leader at a fundraiser in Washington, D.C. Just the other day, Torres Small was sighted at a private fundraiser with Pelosi that she apparently didn't want voters in the 2nd Congressional District to know about.

"This is just another example of Xochitl Torres Small attempting to pull the wool over the eyes of voters," said Ryan Cangiolosi, Chairman of the New Mexico Republican Party. "This deceitful action only reinforces what New Mexico already knows — if elected, Xochitl Torres Small will be the first YEA vote to make Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House."

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.

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