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Now’s the time for NM to stand up and vote for moderates

Has the new progressive movement taken over the Democratic Party of N.M.? That is what lifelong moderate Democrats believe, along with believing they are being pushed out of the party.

The majority of county and precinct chairs elected this past month are new progressives or transplants to N.M. within the past few years, and that the progressive movement is here to stay. This is why you are seeing so many of our Democratic political leaders moving to the socialist progressive left.

Sen. Clemente Sanchez, D-Grants, wrote an op-ed in (the June 2) Albuquerque Journal on how the progressives have splintered the party. Sanchez and other moderate Democrats are correct. The progressive leadership in the House and even in the Senate has made it very clear to all of us: either you do it our way or we will primary you in 2020. The left side of the party is raising millions of dollars to primary seven to nine moderate state senators and what’s left of the moderates in the House.

Is Sanchez factual when he states, ”The rhetoric reflects an unhealthy division within one’s own party?” Progressives refuse to work with the moderates in office, continue to attack their positions and primary them, even though the majority of New Mexicans don’t support the progressive movement.

There is a reason groups like Democrats for Democracy or #walkaway have started. This is why the fastest-growing party in N.M. is independents, or one-third of the vote. Anti-Democratic progressive social media groups in N.M. have well over 100,000 followers, much larger than either party.

Let’s remember, the tea party and now Trump have splintered the Republican Party. Are we truly going to allow our Democratic Party do the same in N.M.?

… It’s time we stand up to vote and support candidates who believe in our N.M. values. It’s time we stand up for community leaders who will fight for us, and not what others think is best for us.

The first step is to vocalize and unite to defend and represent what we believe and value. Don’t just lay down and allow the newcomers to take away the values for what our party once represented. If the progressives won’t work with us, then it’s time for N.M. to stand up and fight for our beliefs!

What do you think? Should we move our state to a more progressive movement? Should we stand and fight for our party or just walk away?