In 2015, Governor Martinez used her personal Super-PAC, “Susana PAC,” to fund more than $15,000 in contributions, robocalls and attack ads against an APS school board member who had been critical of Martinez’s (failed) education policies. The Gov’s Tea Party candidate won.
That candidate became the lead voice against new APS rules protecting LGBT students and families from bullying and discrimination.
She even helped amplify a fake news campaign firing up Tea Party voters against the “sick… perverted… and politically correct” rules required by federal anti-discrimination laws.
As a couple of New Mexico’s few openly-gay elected officials, this kind of attack hits home so we’re asking you to help us fight back.
APS elections are just 3 weeks away and our Tea Party is targeting four more seats – enough to give them a majority on the APS board – and the tactics they are using are right out of the national Tea Party playbook.
Don’t believe that can happen here? Just check out their ads:
They are running board members of the Albuquerque Tea Party, promising to roll back required anti-discrimination laws and using fake news to fire up the right-wing base they need to fire up.
The good news is that there are four terrific candidates running – endorsed by educators, labor and each running strong campaigns (Incumbents Lorenzo Garcia (Dist. 3) and David Peercy (Dist. 7) and running in open seats, Elizabeth Armijo (Dist. 6) and Candy Patterson (Dist. 5).
We’re building a program to contact all of those progressive voters who just helped us take back the State House and turn them out for progressive champions on the APS ballot in just 3 weeks. With your help, we’ll send voter guides outing these Tea Party candidates and highlighting candidates endorsed by people who know education: teachers.
Let’s be clear what this is about: “According to a recent report in Education Week, the overall goal of Tea Party politicians in North Carolina and in many other states [including New Mexico] is to establish a “farm team” of conservative leaders at the local level who can then run for state or national office.”