RPNM Statement on Governor’s Crackdown on Political Activities

Posted On July 31, 2020

Gov. Lujan Grisham’s Crackdown on Political Activities Shows Democrats Are Scared

ALBUQUERQUE, JULY 31 — Gov. Lujan Grisham’s latest push to stop political events and door-knocking is proof that she and the Democrats are shaking in their boots. They’re running scared. The governor says we’re not going to use COVID-19 to prevent a peaceful protest or even destructive rioting in Downtown Albuquerque, but will not allow Republicans to gather for political activities.

So now the governor says candidates can’t campaign, but protests and riots are allowed to happen? This makes no sense and violates the right to pursue the political process.

It’s no coincidence that as Republican momentum is getting stronger and more New Mexicans support the Party’s positions and mission, the governor tries to suppress Republican candidates from getting their message out.

While the governor openly praised the Democratic Party and its candidates for following her Public Health Order, Republican candidates are also adhering to her Order. They are campaigning with masks, walking with groups less than five, and practicing social distancing at the door. The governor shamed Republicans publicly, but they are following her decree. Shame on you, Governor, for playing political games with your Public Health Order. Your comments could potentially violate our rights and basic freedoms.

Gov. Lujan Grisham again acts like a dictator. A masked candidate is not allowed to speak to a voter, but shoppers at big-box stores continue to rub elbows in the crowded aisles. It’s impossible to unravel the governor’s twisted logic!

The governor should be scared—the Republican Party of New Mexico has been working diligently to create the largest ground game New Mexico has ever seen. Republicans have contacted more than a million voters with phone banking and door-knocking. The Democrats reportedly have contacted just 20,000. Republicans are outworking Democrats 50 to 1.

The governor’s latest amended Order comes as New Mexico has a COVID-19 mortality rate of 3.1%. South Dakota, which never shut down, has a 1.4% mortality rate.

“The governor’s lack of leadership and her inability to address our crisis is shameful,” said Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Steve Pearce. “Instead of dealing with a collapsing economy and lost livelihoods, Gov. Lujan Grisham again takes an authoritarian approach with this political tactic. At a time when people are suffering and losing their life’s savings, her actions are dishonorable. Remember, the governor also took an oath to protect all New Mexicans, not just Democrats. Republicans are on the move and she knows it. She can’t come to grips with the fact that the apathetic Democrats are in danger of losing legislative and Congressional seats.”

 

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