Rep. Patty Lundstrom just broke a Democratic Party Caucus practice, donating $1,000 each to moderate candidates opposing good incumbent Democratic Reps. Susan Herrera, Kristina Ortez, Roger Montoya, & Andrea Romero. It’s time for us to step up and out-donate Patty Lundstrom! Those 4 Dems have consistently made one good vote after another. They’ve had our back. Their reward is to be undermined by Dem. Party leadership. Read on.
A quick note to say that our 2022 election endorsements are almost completed and we hope to publish them on Saturday morning. Disclosure alert: We endorse Reps. Herrera, Montoya, Ortez, and Romero. Read on and please take action.
Petty Patty Doesn’t Get Her Hydrogen, So She Turns Against Four Great Reps. Let’s Show Some Love and Send Donations to These Reps.
Patty has shown her pettiness by making $1,000 donations to each of four moderate-conservative Dems challenging four outstanding incumbent Dem. Reps, a move that at least one veteran Dem legislator has never seen before. From today’s New Mexican:
Rep. Gail Chasey, D-Albuquerque, said it’s “unusual” for sitting lawmakers to support their colleagues’ opponents.
I understand she’s drawing a distinction between the money we raise for the general election as a caucus and these contributions, but I haven’t experienced this before,” Chasey said.From The New Mexican: “Democratic lawmaker’s campaign contributions to colleagues’ opponents spark friction“
In a democracy, everyone has the right to support the candidate of his or her choice, but Lundstrom gave an indication as to why she may have made this move, quoted in The New Mexican:
Lundstrom told the Albuquerque Journal, which first reported on her campaign contributions, her decision was not personal. However, she told the newspaper she was disappointed in some Democrats’ lack of support for her hydrogen bill.
“I don’t like the fact that some of the views on that committee can dictate what happens in this part of the state,” Lundstrom told the newspaper, referring to the House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee, which voted to table the bill.From The New Mexican: “Democratic lawmaker’s campaign contributions to colleagues’ opponents spark friction“
Let’s dissect this for a moment. Lundstrum is undermining fellow Democrats because Chair Matthew McQueen’s Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee (EENRC) had the effrontery to perform its constitutional duty to evaluate the impact hydrogen hub legislation might have on our environment. So Patty punishes four good Dems, only one of whom happen to be on EENRC. Apparently, Lundstrom prefers a wild west NM, with every man or region for itself, the common good be damned. Where is Lundstrom’s outrage when she defies her fellow Dems and refuses to include funding for bills in “her” House budget?
Herrera gave Lundstrom the benefit of the doubt, saying in the New Mexican: “She [Herrera] ‘thinks the world’” of Lundstrom. “She’s a hard worker. She works hard for the Democratic caucus. She works hard for the people of New Mexico.” Herrera went on to state that she thought Lundstrom had just “made a mistake.” Well, if that is the case, it is a costly mistake.
Action I: Retake is asking every one of you to counter Patty’s actions by donating to all four of the candidates she is undermining. And to underscore the urgency of this action, I want to remind you that Working Together NM, the conservative, corporate-funded PAC, is also supporting two of the challengers to whom Patty contributed: Henry Roybal (opposing Andrea Romero) and Joseph “Gas & Oil Guy” Sanchez (opposing Roger Montoya). Romero and Montoya have consistently made good votes for NM. Time to show our love.
To make it easy to do this, Retake is offering links to all four Dem. Reps. campaign donation sites. Just click the links and donate as generously as you can to each campaign. Let’s see if we can double the total given by Lundstrom. Not only will this send a message to Lundstrom, but it will buoy the spirits of four great Dems.
- Click here to find out more about Rep. Montoya, including how to volunteer or donate.
- Click here to find out more about Rep. Herrera’s positions on issues and to donate or volunteer.
- Click here to get more info on Rep. Ortez and to donate.
- Click here to find out more about Rep. Romero, including how to contribute or volunteer.
Action II. Speaker Egolf is the one who makes decisions about which campaigns are funded by the Dem. House Campaign Commmittee. Egolf has told me that these funds are doled out to campaigns facing steep challenges. Let’s ask Speaker Egolf to stand up for his Caucus and contribute $10,000 to each of these four campaigns.
Speaker Brian Egolf: firstname.lastname@example.org
Two Actions, ten minutes tops, to send a clear message that we support loyal Dems who consistently support solid progressive legislation. We all need to do this. Now! Thank you!
In solidarity and hope,
Paul & Roxanne
Bonus Action: Please send this post to at least 10 fellow Dems and to your Dem. legislator and ask them to make contributions. But please make your donations first.