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By Ed Yoon, Campaign Manager

As just reported by Democracy for New Mexico (DFNM), recent comments on local New Mexico blogs point to the Republican's fear of Eric Griego in the general election.

It's clear that someone, apparently the local Republican Party, is trying to influence the Democratic Primary by attacking Eric while supporting his more conservative opponents. Why would they want to do that?

Because Eric's progressive record and strong campaign organization would make him a nightmare for the Republicans in Congress -- and in the general election.

Let's follow the comment trail.

First, "Mary Martinez", a supposed Democrat, writes on New Mexico Telegram of her support of Eric's more conservative opponent. She also writes that Republicans "want the weakest candidate in the general."

She also posts a long list of progressive bills  that Eric has fought for, that the Republicans and conservative Blue Dog Democrats have refused to pass.

Second, "Mary" posts a nearly-identical comment on DFNM.

Finally, she posts the same comment once again on DFNM, under a new name, "Tommy Jones". This time, when you click on Tommy's name, you're taken to the Republican Party of Bernalillo County. This was an oversight on Tommy/Mary's part, as when you comment on DFNM, it pre-fills the contact information from earlier sessions.

Here is a screenshot. Click here to see a larger image.

Republicans and their Wall Street allies don’t want to see Eric Griego in Congress because he would be a leader in the fight against their disastrous agenda to end Medicare for seniors, wage war on women, and coddle millionaires and Wall Street bankers.

They also know that Eric’s proven progressive record of fighting for middle class jobs and taking on Big Oil and powerful corporate interests appeal to the voters.  And they know that our powerful grassroots organization will be tough to beat in the general election.

We have out-organized Eric’s two more conservative opponents at the March 10th State Democratic Pre-Primary Convention to defeat them by 8 and 15 points, respectively.  And we’re leading in endorsements from traditional Democratic allies in the labor, environmental, progressive, and netroots communities.

Just read these comments made by Eric's earlier opponent, Tea Partier Dan Lewis, upon bowing out of the race, the day before Eric was to deliver more than 5,000 petition signatures from people asking him to oppose the Ryan budget plan.

"The democrats have made it clear they will hold nothing back, true or not, to cling to this congressional seat. Their candidates have already raised over a half million dollars."
Eric is making national headlines -- most recently in the U.S. News and World Report -- for his efforts to hold the Republicans accountable for their irresponsible budget to end Medicare for seniors while protecting tax cuts for millionaires.  The buzz on the ground is that Eric has the momentum -- but it’s going to be close, and we’ll need to match our opponents’ spending in the final stretch on communicating with the voters.

Eric's race is the next major primary for the progressive community, and this is the last day of the quarter. We need your support now. Will you head over to our website and sign up to join our campaign?

Thanks for all you do.

Ed Yoon
Campaign Manager
Griego for Congress (NM-01)

Originally posted to Eric Griego, Democrat for Congress (NM-1) on Sat Mar 31, 2012 at 05:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by New Mexico Kossaks.

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  •  All fine and good, Mr. Griego, but New Mexico (2+ / 0-)
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    VClib, Had Enough Right Wing BS

    ranks near the bottom on everything essential to our citizens needs. What, exactly, will you do to assist our State in rising above the poverty line, educational line, ect.?

    I am a progressive Democrat. Always have been. But, as I near the end of my life, I no longer fall for cheery rhetoric.

    Will you introduce legislation to end student loan payments? What about high-speed rail for New Mexico? Will you introduce legislation to increase funding for Medicaid, so that those with disabilities get on the DD Waiver program?

    What about a minimum wage increase? Nobody I know can live on such a wage and I certainly earn less than the minimum wage.

    What, exactly, will you do to improve the New Mexico economy?

    Fight on, Mr. Griego. I need to hear specifics before I cast my vote in the Primary.

    Thank you.

    Hope has a hole in it when Republicans come, bringing shackles and sorrow; branding their greed on the backs of the poor. - Wendy Connors

    by Wendys Wink on Sat Mar 31, 2012 at 05:20:58 AM PDT

    •  Improving the New Mexico economy (3+ / 0-)

      Hi Wendy -

      Thanks for your question. I believe that we need to lay out a bold plan for job creation that will be on the scale of the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe after the Second World War. This jobs plan should focus on building America’s energy, technology and transportation systems, including high speed rail in New Mexico, as you mention.

      This job creation plan can be paid for by eliminating the Bush tax cuts for the rich while allowing working families to keep more of their income, closing corporate tax loopholes that shortchange the U.S. Treasury, asking Wall Street to take greater responsibility and accelerating the draw-down of American troops and expenditures from our expensive commitments in Afghanistan and Iraq. You can see more details of what I would propose to get the economy back on track here: http://griegoforcongress.com/...

      I have fought hard to increase the minimum wage on the Albuquerque City Council, over the opposition of then-Mayor and my current opponent, Marty Chavez. I will continue to fight to increase the minimum wage.

      As a product of public education myself, I believe the most important investment we can make as a state and a country is in education, especially early childhood education. If it weren't for Pell Grants, my siblings and I wouldn't have gone to college. So I will do everything in my power to invest more in education.

      Finally, I have pledged that cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security benefits are off the table. Our seniors have paid into those benefits, and it is their right to receive them. I've proven that I'm willing to stand up and fight back against Republicans who are currently making the wrong choice in Congress. See more on my earlier post here: http://www.dailykos.com/...

      I appreciate the opportunity to earn your support. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

      •  Mr. Griego, I've reviewed your "Marshall" type (0+ / 0-)

        plan and found it very encouraging.

        Will you write your own legislation, or allow it to be written by ALEC and peddle it, like so many other politicians?

        New Mexico's interstate highways are not friendly to tourists, in that there are few "comfort stations" found along both the I25 and I40 corridors. Those that are available, are usually just a couple of miles from our major population centers. Would this become part of your transportation endeavors?

        Over 5800 New Mexicans with disabilities are awaiting DD Waiver inclusion. Yet, even those on the DD Waiver are underfunded, with support staff severely under paid. How do you view this situation and what proposals do you offer to correct this situation?

        What are your thoughts regarding the militarization of our local police forces?

        Would you work towards obtaining funds to bring local neighborhood parks up to date?

        Could you give a general comment on the water war being fought between NM and TX?

        Do you support strong unions in both the public and private sectors and if you do, how would you approach this issue?

        I must admit I am an oldster, so I am no longer a big "overview" type person. But, I am beginning to like your outlook for the nation and New Mexico.

        Thank you for taking the time to answer my first comment. That, Sir, was impressive!

        Hope has a hole in it when Republicans come, bringing shackles and sorrow; branding their greed on the backs of the poor. - Wendy Connors

        by Wendys Wink on Sat Mar 31, 2012 at 09:34:02 AM PDT

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        •  Is this how you support a progressive? (1+ / 0-)
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            I don't normally reply to comments, but connecting a Progressive Dem with ALEC, really?   None of his remarks or policy ideas would ever be part of the ALEC agenda.  
              I like you are an oldster, but if we don't start with the education of the upcoming generation with good public education - then we as a country are lost.

          •  Thanks (2+ / 0-)
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            NM Ward Chair, Wendys Wink

            Hi - My name is Audrey, I'm on staff here at the Griego for Congress campaign.

            Eric is off at the Si Se Puede parade right now (yay!); I have answers for some of your questions. For the others, we'll check back in later.

            Eric definitely won't go near any policy ideas from ALEC, in fact he's spoken out against ALEC. Afischer - thanks for pointing that out. He hopes to join the Congressional Progressive Caucus with Raul Grijalva and Keith Ellison who are supporting his candidacy.

            Eric definitely supports unions, we've got some great union support, and he was a proud union member when he was an educator and a government employee.

            I can tell you that Eric would never accept cuts, privatization, or efforts to undermine Medicare and supports Medicare for all, including those with disabilities.

            I hope this helps for now. We'll get more specific answers for you when Eric returns later. Thanks!

            •  Wendy, Eric is the real deal. (1+ / 0-)
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              Wendys Wink

              I'm a big fan.  I'll let Eric and his campaign answer your questions directly, but as a Democratic Party Ward chair in Nob Hill (Albuquerque), I can tell you that Eric is as liberal as they come.  He has fought hard for working people and families as an Albuquerque city councilor and as a state senator.  I have endorsed Eric.  I've donated what little I can afford to, and I'll be out canvassing for him until election day.

              NM-1 is a Democratic seat; 1% more Democratic by PVI than when Martin Heinrich held it by 3.2% in 2010.  To my mind it is essential that we elect the most progressive candidate we can to represent us.  That's Eric Griego by far.

              The bottom 1% are the most egregious victims of Wall Street's class war. We 99% must not abandon them.

              by NM Ward Chair on Sat Mar 31, 2012 at 06:28:01 PM PDT

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              •  I am trying to get a good grasp on Mr. Griego's (0+ / 0-)

                ideas, etc. So, I am attempting to get comfortable with his views and visions. So far, I am impressed, but I would be remiss not to dig a little deeper. My vote is precious to me, as it should be to everyone. Just like to do my homework so I don't go into the voting booth looking like a dope. :-)

                Hope has a hole in it when Republicans come, bringing shackles and sorrow; branding their greed on the backs of the poor. - Wendy Connors

                by Wendys Wink on Sat Mar 31, 2012 at 07:26:51 PM PDT

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            •  Thanks, Audrey. Your answers were what I was (0+ / 0-)

              looking for during my quest to be informed. I appreciate everyone's time and efforts, too. I really like what I am seeing and reading!

              Hope has a hole in it when Republicans come, bringing shackles and sorrow; branding their greed on the backs of the poor. - Wendy Connors

              by Wendys Wink on Sat Mar 31, 2012 at 07:28:23 PM PDT

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          •  Well, I didn't think the Supreme Court would (0+ / 0-)

            appoint the President, either. Better safe than sorry by asking. Politicians get kinda hinky once in office, regardless of what they initially say. Look at Tester and Webb!

            Hope has a hole in it when Republicans come, bringing shackles and sorrow; branding their greed on the backs of the poor. - Wendy Connors

            by Wendys Wink on Sat Mar 31, 2012 at 07:33:18 PM PDT

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