Pearce Flunks Trumpcare Leadership Test

On Wednesday, Steve Pearce’s silence on the latest version of Trumpcare became all the more deafening when a new report showed the bill would kick 230,000 New Mexicans off of their health insurance. Even as his constituents have called on him to speak out against Graham-Cassidy, Pearce has remained silent — failing to oppose a bill that would wreck havoc on New Mexicans’ healthcare and economy.

The Graham-Cassidy bill is the worst version of Trumpcare yet. The bill would kick 230,000 New Mexicans off of their health insurance and rob the state of $3.4 billion in federal funding over the next ten years. It ends Medicaid as we know it, guts protections for people with preexisting conditions, paves the way for an age tax on the elderly, and defunds Planned Parenthood. The American Medical Association, AARP, The American Heart Association, and  Read more after the jump.

“Call Them Off”: RGA Chair Martinez Tells Dispatcher To Drop Noise Complaint

It had been a good several months for New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez. Last month, Marco Rubio named her as a possible VP pick. A week later, she was voted in as chair of the Republican Governors Association.

Now, Governor Martinez is making headlines for a… less ideal reason.  Audio recordings have surfaced surrounding a run-in Martinez had with Santa Fe police during an office holiday party that inspired several apparent noise complaints.

The most notable moment features a conversation between Martinez and a police dispatcher, who she chastises and presses for information surrounding who specifically made the complaint, before strongly suggesting that the dispatcher “call” the officers following up on the complaint “off.”

The press hasn’t been too favorable for Marco Rubio’s favorite governor:

KRQE-TV: Governor’s post-party call to police: Call off your officers

Albuquerque Journal: Call off your officers

Huffington Post: Totally Not Drunk New Mexico Governor Chastises Cops For Breaking Up […]

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Crooked Chiefs

The Republican Governors Association says “the future of the GOP rests in the hands of the Republican governors.” Given the Tea Party antics and extreme agenda of Republicans in Congress, that very well may be true. But if it is, Republicans have a serious problem on their hands because nearly half of all current Republican governors nationwide are facing corruption charges or other scandals. Nowhere has this been more apparent than in the political rise and fall of former Virginia Governor

Bob McDonnell, newly convicted on eleven counts of corruption in a scandal with a wealthy donor and benefactor all of his own making.

Investigation cover ups. Illegal gifts. Cronyism. Pay to play schemes. Taxpayer dollars going to campaign purposes. Using their office to exact political revenge on their own constituents. The list of allegations goes on and on and on. From Georgia to Wisconsin to Kansas to New Jersey, the headlines are piling up. American Bridge has conducted extensive research on each of these Republican governors, diving deep into their records to bring these allegations to light. Our new collection of research on the Republican Party’s best hope for its future shows just how dim that future may really be.

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Memo: Heather Wilson’s Real Record

To: Interested Parties
From: Rodell Mollineau, President, American Bridge 21st Century
Re: Heather Wilson’s Real Record
Date: 6-5-12

Four years after her first Senate bid ended in a primary defeat, Heather Wilson has managed to at least gain her party’s support this time around. Unfortunately for her, that means general election voters statewide will be introduced to her record for the first time. What they’ll find is a corrupt former member of Congress, willing to use her official position to advance partisan politics at any cost.

Wilson’s tenure in the House of Representatives was notable for her proximity to the Bush White House. A member of both the House Armed Services Committee and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence,Wilson attempted to stall and bury a Congressional investigation into the intelligence failures leading up to the Iraq War. She was later implicated in the Bush White House’s politically motivated firing of U.S. Attorney David Iglesias. This earned her a spot on the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)’s 2007 “Most Corrupt” list. After leaving Congress, Wilson maintained her close connection to the architect of Bush’s partisan politics by serving as a board member for Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS.

Wilson was also recently discovered to have been named in a pay-to-play investigation conducted by the New Mexico Attorney general’s office, stemming from her previous time in D.C.

The last thing New Mexico voters want is a return to the policies or politics of the Bush administration. That’s why Heather Wilson will find herself 0 for 2 in Senate bids come November.

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Heather Wilson Attacks Anti-Bullying Bill

In this clip, GOP Senate candidate Heather Wilson blasts the Student Non-Discrimination Act (S.B. 555), an anti-LGBTQ bullying bill sponsored by Senator Al Franken (D-MN). Wilson mistakenly argues that Franken’s bill would “criminalize harassment or bullying.”

This footage was filmed by an American Bridge tracker at a Senate debate between Wilson and fellow Republican Greg Sowards at an Otero County GOP meeting on April 12, 2012.

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NPR: Latina Gov. A Rising Star, Just Not To Some Hispanics

On March 29, 2012, NPR reported:

But that popularity doesn’t always translate among Hispanics, a group that in New Mexico makes up nearly half of the population.

One issue that makes many of the state’s Latino voters seethe is their governor’s stance on driver’s licenses and illegal immigrants. In her 2010 campaign, Martinez promised to repeal a law that makes New Mexico one of only three states in the country where illegal immigrants can get a driver’s license.

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NY Times: Members Of The House Face Uphill Battles For Senate

On February 15, 2012, the New York Times reported:

Republicans, who need a net gain of only four seats to guarantee control of the Senate, have long been optimistic that they could capture the majority because they are defending just 10 of the 33 seats up for grabs. But their task is complicated by the fact that many of their candidates are sitting or recent members of the House, which polls show to be deeply unpopular.

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The Hill: NM Senate candidate dismantles campaign, giving opening to opponent

On October 18, 2011, The Hill reported:

Greg Sowards, a Tea Party-affiliated self-funder who has played the spoiler role in New Mexico’s GOP Senate primary, has fired all of his campaign staff and consultants and will go it alone.

Sowards had been complicating the race for Lt. Gov. John Sanchez (R), who has sought a win by running to the right of the centrist candidate — former Rep. Heather Wilson (R-N.M.). Now, by firing everyone on his campaign, he might have made himself a non-factor in the race…

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Roll Call: Rand Paul, Sharron Angle Wade Into N.M. GOP Senate Race

On September 27, 2011, Roll Call reported:

New Mexico Lt. Gov. John Sanchez announced Tuesday that Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul endorsed him in the Republican Senate primary.

[…]

This is the second endorsement Tuesday that has ties to the tea party in the New Mexico race. The Hotline reported that Sharron Angle, who lost to Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) last year, endorsed businessman Greg Sowards, a long-shot candidate.

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