Romero is opposed by a write-in candidate whose sole endorsement was just announced yesterday: the former GOP Chair and gas and oil magnate who wants the write-in candidate in the Roundhouse to advance GOP priorities. Please, please, don’t be fooled. This race is likely not over and Andrea Romero needs and deserves your vote.
I was going to pass on weighing in on this race for three reasons: 1) I was assured that no write-in candidate stood a chance, especially against a Democrat in Northern NM; 2) my views on this race are already abundantly clear; and 3) I am hopeful that once the race is done, I can work with people in Espanola, some of whom may support Nordquist, to encourage Democratic leadership in the US House and Senate to facilitate a just resolution to the horrid stalemate related to water and road access throughout much of Espanola and surrounding communities.
But as tomorrow’s post will make clear, this is no time for assumptions. We all were stunned by the results on Nov 8, 2016. We can’t afford any more surprises and we need Andrea Romero in the Roundhouse. And please be looking for the blog tomorrow morning; it is one you will want to share with many, many friends. As to Andrea Romero and District 46, Romero is endorsed by:
Alan Webber, Santa Fe Mayor
New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich
PUEBLOS AND TRIBES
- Jicarilla Apache Nation
- Ohkay Owingeh
- Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) Action Fund
- Emily’s List
- Planned Parenthood Votes – New Mexico
- Organizers in the Land of Enchantment (OLÉ)
- Designated a “Gun Sense Candidate” by Moms Demand Action-NM
- Equality New Mexico AND
- Retake Our Democracy
- New Mexico Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
- AFSCME Council 18
- Plumbers & Pipefitters 412
- Sheet Metal Workers Local 49 of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail & Transportation (SMART)
- Santa Fe County Firefighters Local 4366
- New Mexico Professional Fire Fighters Association
- Teamsters Local Union, Local 492
And who endorses Heather Nordquist? Glad you asked.
Yesterday, former New Mexican Republican Party State Chair (and current member of Donald Trump’s Republican National Committee) Harvey Yates sent a letter to voters endorsing Andrea’s write-in opponent, Heather Nordquist for State House 46. You can see it here.
Yates, one of New Mexico’s wealthiest oil and gas executives, is also a big donor to Republican Steve Pearce’s campaign to defeat the next Democratic Governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham. He says in his letter:
Yates’ rationale? Because he likes Heather’s agenda, and wants to thwart the House Democrats from cleaning up the mess he and Susana made of New Mexico’s economy, health care, and education system. Think about that.
The former Republican Chair wants Heather to win because he knows she will weaken the Democratic majority in the House, and fight against the Democratic agenda of Michelle Lujan Grisham. That’s also why Heather’s supporters were featured in an online video produced by Harvey Yates’ Republican political action committee last month that urged viewers to vote against Democrats.
If you can tell something about a person or a candidate by who supports them, that is an awfully nice list of endorsements for Romero and a very telling endorsement for Nordquist.
As printed in the Santa Fe New Mexican earlier this week, Nordquist was Representative Carl Trujillo’s right-hand person; name-called Senators Udall and Heinrich as “useless as tits on a boar”; attacked AFSCME and Planned Parenthood; and bullied Laura Bonar online, who had courageously come forward with sexual harassment charges against Trujillo. If you missed the New Mexican My View, I recommend the link above. The write-in candidate also joined a suit with the GOP to stop our Secretary of State’s effort to allow voters to vote a Party slate with one check of the box.
I actually think Nordquist means well, is likely embarrassed by the GOP endorsement, and has been a strong advocate in her community. But we need team players in the Roundhouse to create a collegial environment that is built upon trust and respect. Joining a suit against your own Secretary of State and labelling two high ranking Democrats as “useless as tits on a boar,” is not how you set a tone for respectful collaboration. Nordquist criticizes Udall and Heinrich for not taking a firmer stand on water and road access issues in Northern NM. My gut tells me that you do not forge alliances by leading with name calling. And if you need federal action to resolve the water and road access issues, insulting your US leadership is not the way to foster their action. We can do better.
Early voting ends this Saturday, and election day is next Tuesday. The Republicans are desperately pulling out all the stops to keep Democrat Andrea Romero out of office. Let’s show them that the days of Susana Martinez and Trump are long gone in New Mexico. We need to make the blue wave real, by filling in the bubble and voting for Andrea and all other Democrats up and down the ticket. That’s the only way we take back our country.
Paul & Roxanne