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Monday, February 13, 2012

President Bill Clinton Endorses Marty Chavez

Clinton chavezToday, in an email to supporters, President Bill Clinton endorsed former Albuquerque Mayor Marty Chavez in his bid to represent New Mexico's First Congressional District.

“I'm proud to endorse my friend Marty Chavez in his race for Congress. Marty is a strong, visionary leader who created jobs and delivered the results New Mexican families needed as Mayor of Albuquerque,” said President Clinton. “In Congress, I know that Marty will take on our big challenges, stand up to special interests, and fight to create clean energy jobs in New Mexico because he's proven time and again that he can get the job done.”

“There are few words that can be used to describe how unbelievably humbled and honored I am to receive the support of not only a great President, but someone who has so significantly changed the world we live in for the better. I am incredibly energized by the President's endorsement and the momentum it provides my campaign,” said Chavez.

President Clinton continued, “Marty insisted on growing Albuquerque in a sustainable manner and expanded the opportunities for children to get a top-notch public education. Marty is nationally recognized for his strong leadership, including Albuquerque being named the 'Greenest City in America' and the “'Best City for Jobs or a Career.' I hope you will join me in strongly supporting Marty for Congress.”

February 13, 2012 at 02:02 PM in Bill Clinton, Candidates & Races, Martin Chavez, NM-01 Congressional Race 2012 | Permalink


Thanks for sharing this news through DFNM. It is a very encouraging fact. The endorsements for Marty Chavez which matter most to me are from The Humane Society of The United States and Animal Protection Voters of New Mexico; organizations which work hard to protect the defenseless, and thereby assist to protect us from societal violence, and the health and environmental repercussions of disregard for the species in New Mexico. The Endorsement of Robert Redford, whose tireless work with NRDC BioGem Defenders speaks volumes too.

Posted by: Anita Walsh | Feb 13, 2012 2:46:39 PM

The endorsement that speaks biggest to me about Marty is Brian Cranston, a movie star who has never lived in New Mexico, that is making a show that glorifies the meth problem in New Mexico. I still remember the piss poor job Marty did as Mayor by disregarding youth, being a greenwasher, etc.

Posted by: Juan Reynosa | Feb 13, 2012 3:28:55 PM

This is just yet another establishment politician supporting another establishment politician. We need a real progressive in Washington to shake things up. Eric Griego is endorsed by Democracy for America, MoveOn, Progressive Democrats of America, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, DailyKos, and Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Raul Grijalva and Keith Ellison, and Jim Hightower who's coming to ABQ to support Eric on 2/23 at 6:30pm at the Los Poblanos Inn.

Posted by: Paul Eichhorn | Feb 13, 2012 3:44:14 PM

Marty got a big “get” with this endorsement but he’s still trailing Eric Griego in “big gets”: Environmental groups like the Sierra Club, League of Conservation Voters, Conservation Voters New Mexico, and labor unions like AFSCME, AFT, CWA, Teamsters, the nurses union, the sheet metal workers union, and more are standing with Eric because we can’t send anymore status quo politicians and hope for things to change.

Posted by: Cheryl Harris | Feb 13, 2012 3:46:18 PM

I'm afraid this endorsement speaks volumes about Clinton. : (.

Posted by: Lora Lucero | Feb 13, 2012 5:12:57 PM

With all due respect for President Clinton, Marty Chavez was notorious for “greenwashing” his environmental record and that is why the Sierra Club proudly endorsed Eric Griego, who has been a strong and consistent champion for the environment.

Marty's record for many years was not environmentally sound. Only watered-down bills made it thru his administration as mayor.


Posted by: john buchser | Feb 13, 2012 6:25:44 PM

Yes, indeed, Marty endorsed by Bryan Cranston, Robert Redford, Ambassador Joe Wilson, now Clinton. See a pattern here? Out of state people that don't know about Marty's record are all coming out for him. It's the locals that are going to suffer the anguish of the prospect of a conserva-Dem congressman.

Posted by: enchanting505 | Feb 14, 2012 11:41:28 AM

Good Job Marty !

Posted by: Memba | Feb 14, 2012 1:10:17 PM

People like... the PCCC, MoveOn, Sierra Club, EMILY's List... if you want to complain about out of state people, look at the fact that a majority of Eric's contributors are from OUT OF STATE!

Posted by: Out of State People | Feb 14, 2012 2:36:57 PM

I belong to Move-On and other local chapters of national groups. I am pleased to see all the in-state people who support Eric- thousands of us! All three candidates are getting lots of out of state support and money, but the election will ultimately be decided by local voters who have the motivation to get out and vote, and I believe that favors Eric Griego and the progressive voters who support him.

Posted by: Cheryl Harris | Feb 14, 2012 5:35:31 PM

It's a blessing for New Mexico Democrats that we have 3 strong candidates, each getting support from different aspects of the Democratic coalition. That's something we should all celebrate.

Looking at each candidate's endorsements...

Marty Chavez appears to have most of his support from high profile Democratic establishment leaders like Bill Clinton, Walter Mondale, Antonio Villaraigosa, and several other mayors, celebrities, and business leaders from in and out of state. That should help him raise big checks from big contributors in places like New York City and Los Angeles/Hollywood to be financially competitive against the Republican in the general election. His moderate, pro-business views should also help with winning moderates in the general election.

Eric Griego appears to have most of his support from unions like AFSCME and AFT, environmentalists like the Sierra Club and Conservation Voters New Mexico, and liberal groups like MoveOn and DFA. That should help him get a lot of grassroots workers from these groups to help get out the vote and also pick up lots of small donations from these groups to be financially competitive against the Republican. His liberal politics should help energize the Democratic base in the general election.

Michelle Lujan Grisham appears to have support from women's groups like the Emily's List. That should help her go up against male GOP opponents in the general election and be financially competitive in the general election.

Posted by: Dem on the Fence | Feb 14, 2012 6:18:35 PM