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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Dueling Emails from Eric Griego, Marty Chavez: Who's the Bold Progressive in NM-1 Dem Primary?

Eric Griego at yesterday's rally in downtown Albuquerque

This past Monday, NM-1 Democratic congressional candidate and former Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez released a call via email and Facebook for supporters to sign a petition telling Congress that Social Security and Medicare cuts are unacceptable. He noted that, "New Mexico needs bold, progressive leadership that will stand up against these radical cuts ... I've done that as Mayor - and I'll do it in Congress." 

Today, fellow NM-1 Dem candidate Eric Griego sent out an email to supporters mocking Chavez for his claim to be a progressive and citing some of the actions he took as mayor as evidence to the contrary. Griego included a video clip (see above) from a grassroots demonstration at Rep. Martin Heinrich's office held yesterday in which he was leading some of the cheers about protecting Medicare and Social Security, and making the top 1% and corporations pay their fair share of taxes. He stated that, "My version of bold progressive leadership is action."

So who's the real bold progressive in this race? I'll let you decide. See below the fold for the email pitches of both candidates.

Marty Chavez's email:

Social Security and Medicare are under attack.

Right-wing Republicans in Washington are desperately trying to pass massive cuts to these vital programs while protecting huge tax breaks for the wealthiest few. I don't believe we should ever balance the budget on the backs of seniors. That's why I'm taking action to tell Congress to reject these radical cuts to Social Security and Medicare.

Tell Congress not to cut Social Security or Medicare by signing my petition here!

New Mexico needs bold, progressive leadership that will stand up against these radical cuts that will hurt middle class seniors. We need leaders who know how to balance a budget without destroying the vital programs that people need to survive.

I've done that as Mayor – and I'll do it in Congress.

But I won't be able to fight these dangerous cuts if they've already been made.

That's why I need people like you to stand with me and tell Congress that we won't stand for massive cuts to Social Security and Medicare. If we can collect over 1,000 signatures, I will personally deliver them to members of the New Mexico delegation.

Social Security and Medicare cuts are unacceptable. Sign the petition!


Eric Griego's Email:

My conservative Democratic opponent in this race for Congress, Marty Chavez, sent out an e-mail on Monday calling for “bold progressive leadership” -- and I thought he was endorsing my campaign. But it was a campaign e-mail for himself!

My opponent’s version of bold progressive leadership is opposing the minimum wage increase, endorsing a Republican for the U.S. Senate, and saying Tom Udall is “too liberal.” As the former mayor of Albuquerque, Mr. Chavez consistently joined Republican attempts to sell out middle class families to benefit the very rich, out-of-state corporations and big developers.

My version of bold progressive leadership is action. Yesterday, I joined local progressives in my district to show support for our current Congressman who is fighting hard against Republican attempts to dismantle Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

My campaign is picking up a lot of momentum. I’m proud to be already endorsed by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), the local and national Brotherhood of Teamsters, several of the most progressive legislators in the state, and many more signing up each week because they know that I can be counted on to take the fight to the Republicans.

I'll put it plainly: If I was in Congress today, I would fight boldly against any attempts to dismantle Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

I would be honored to have your support so that I can run a people-powered campaign and bring bold leadership to Washington -- click here to watch a video of the event today and chip in $3 and help win in 2012. 

July 27, 2011 at 01:04 PM in Democratic Party, Eric Griego, Martin Chavez, NM-01 Congressional Race 2012, Progressivism, Social Security | Permalink


Marty Chavez says "We need leaders who know how to balance a budget without destroying the vital programs that people need to survive."

Wrong wrong wrong. Doesn't he remember that budget deficits are things that Republicans only care about when Democrats are in office, and that when Republicans are in office people like Dick Cheney proclaim "Deficits don't matter" and go about sending the deficit spiraling upwards with unfunded wars, tax cuts, and prescription drug benefits that guarantee drug company profits?

We need a representative who knows that the problem right now is unemployment, and that the deficit should wait until we've fixed the unemployment problem

I hope Eric Griego is that representative. I know Marty Chavez is not.

Posted by: Michael H Schneider | Jul 27, 2011 1:17:08 PM

Good to see two Democrats running for Congress who are both clamoring to be viewed as progressives! I'm sick of Democrats who want to be seen as "centrists."

Posted by: Roxie | Jul 27, 2011 2:01:21 PM

I think it is pretty clear that Marty is not a progressive.

Posted by: DEMandChange | Jul 27, 2011 4:32:27 PM

Eric Griego has been a real progressive for years. Marty Chavez is a poser and a kleptocrat. Your choice, fellow Democrats, is crystal clear.

Posted by: Proud Democrat | Jul 27, 2011 8:08:18 PM

It will be interesting to see how this plays out. The use of the word "progressive" in the primary would tend to cause a lot of people to see that as a sort of equalizing factor. More important could be name ID, considering that Chavez was simply in the public eye a lot as Mayor.

Griego is a brilliant legislator who has a great vision. Chavez would be a blue dog.

Given that the Republicans will throw everything they have at this, with a huge amount of support from out of state, this is high stakes.

Posted by: Stuart Heady | Jul 27, 2011 11:38:58 PM

@ Roxie, I too am sick of Democrats wanting to be seen as "centrists," I want a Dem Candidate that is PROUDLY Democrat and advocates for Democratic Party values and ideals.

I notice the ad at the top of the page where a smiling Mayor Marty is "Listening To You." Well Marty you didn't when you were Mayor, why would I believe you will in Washington?

Posted by: VP | Jul 28, 2011 8:58:13 AM

Remember Marty Chavez is the guy who said Tom Udall was "too liberal" to be our Senator. How he can possibly sell himself as a progressive is beyond me. We know him too well here in CD1.

Posted by: arrowhead | Jul 28, 2011 10:49:41 AM