Rep. Eliseo Alcón, D-Milan, made it clear Wednesday that he didn’t see any compassion in Republican Gov. Susana Martinez as he made a speech outside the Roundhouse doors.
“I believe that our governor up there on the fourth floor, if she were to see you laying on the floor right there because you were hurt, she would probably go kick you in the kidneys just because she can,” Alcón said. “And that would be all she would do. She feels that just because she is governor she can hurt whoever she can.”
Alcón was speaking after an announcement that Martinez’s administration would be sued due to an administrative action that requires 10,000 foreign nationals with in-state licenses to prove their residency in New Mexico or risk losing their licenses – a move her critics, and the lawsuit, claim is discriminatory.
Martinez’s spokesman, Scott Darnell, said the governor wouldn’t take the bait.
“The governor is focused on issues that matter to New Mexicans and isn’t going to respond to such an unfortunate personal attack,” Darnell said.
NEEDLING WILSON: Former Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., drew a third well-known Republican in the past two weeks to New Mexico for campaign help on Wednesday, as Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., appeared as a guest at her fundraiser in Albuquerque.
Wilson, who is seeking the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., had already received fundraising support from former George W. Bush confidant Karl Rove on Aug. 11 and Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, on Aug. 18, said Bryce Dustman, Wilson’s campaign manager.
McCain’s appearance helped secure about 50 people to attend the Wednesday dinner, with the suggested donation to attend set at $1,000, Dustman said.
State Democrats, who protested the Rove fundraiser, tried to instigate a fight among conservatives Wednesday.
“With Beltway Republicans lining up left and right for Heather Wilson, tea partiers in New Mexico must be feeling the chill of being of shut out in the cold,” said Javier Gonzales, chairman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico.
Gonzales is referring to McCain and Rove, who have both made unflattering comments about tea party politics in the past.
Sessions is a part of the 60-member Tea Party Caucus in Washington, D.C., however.
Dustman dismissed the Democratic statements as empty political maneuvering.
“What terrifies Establishment Democrats is Heather’s appeal to independent and conservative Democrats in New Mexico,” Dustman said.
— This article appeared on page C2 of the Albuquerque Journal