THE GOVERNOR HAS DONE THE BEST SHE COULD BUT HAS MISHANDLED MANY OF THE KEY CHALLENGES
That’s a little over the top, even for the governor.
Many believe that the governor has done the best she could in dealing with the pandemic, but the Chief Executive has mishandled important challenges that Covid-19 presents.
Gov. Lujan Grisham has mishandled the rising crime, even criticizing the President for sending in federal law enforcement officers who are helping take violent criminals off our streets. She has been woefully negligent in giving the police the support they need in this very turbulent time of rioting and looting in some communities.
When members of her party call for defunding the police, she and the mayor of Albuquerque have been noticeably silent.
The governor has done very little to restart the economy, even ignoring calls from within her own party to let small businesses reopen. By contrast, the President has been urging governors to get their economies opened up as soon as they can.
The governor’s miscues have led to an 11.3% unemployment rate—among the worst in the nation–the collapse of our economy and the loss of hundreds of businesses. Restaurants and the travel industry have felt the most pain from her poor and inequitable decisions.
“The pandemic has been a challenge for everyone, and certainly it has been for New Mexico,” said Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Steve Pearce. “But our governor’s attempt to shift the blame from herself to the President is just a little too predictable and fails to give any hope to New Mexicans that she is through mishandling the challenges of the pandemic.”