Wednesday, April 04, 2012
NM-1: CHILE-PAC Endorses Eric Griego for Congress
Today, Democrat Eric Griego (NM-1) announced his endorsement by CHILE-PAC, a Political Action Committee advocating for Hispanic interests throughout New Mexico. Griego is only the second candidate in this election cycle to be endorsed by the organization.
The latest endorsement adds to Griego’s political momentum following his victory at the Democratic Pre-Primary Convention on March 10th. There, Griego defeated his two primary opponents, Marty Chavez and Michelle Lujan Grisham, by 8 and 15 points, respectively.
"New Mexicans deserve a representative who understands their needs and aspirations, and will fight to secure opportunities and fairness for our families,” CHILE-PAC’s Executive Director, Dennis W. Montoya, said. “We can count on Eric Griego’s consistent record of standing up to powerful corporate interests to fight for New Mexico’s children, seniors and working families.”
“I thank CHILE-PAC for supporting my campaign to rebuild the American Dream for New Mexican families,” Griego said. “The status quo in Washington today favors only the richest 1% and big corporations, and sending more of the same establishment politicians to Congress will not change that.”
“I believe that the role of government is to help people,” Griego continued. “That is why, as Congressman, I will continue fighting to increase educational and job opportunities for New Mexican families, and protect Social Security and Medicare for seniors, not more tax cuts for millionaires.”
Established in 2011 by several Hispanic leaders and individual members of New Mexico LULAC, CHILE-PAC stands for Concerned Hispanics Involved in Legislative Empowerment Political Action Committee. It is organized to support candidates who share a common cause of preserving the traditions, heritage, customs and values of New Mexico.
About Eric Griego for Congress:
Eric Griego is a New Mexico State Senator and former Albuquerque City Councilor running for the open seat in New Mexico’s First Congressional District. The seat is currently held by Democratic Rep. Martin Heinrich, who is running for the open U.S. Senate seat. The NM-1 district is rated “Likely Democratic” by the Cook Political Report and Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball.
In a demonstration of organizational strength and local grassroots momentum, Griego won the State Democratic Pre-Primary Convention on March 10, 2012 with 41% of the delegates’ votes, compared to only 33% for the heavy early favorite Marty Chavez and 26% for the third candidate, Michelle Lujan Grisham.