And one state resident is raising questions about whether the state’s presidential nominating committee is following the law in denying him the right to challenge President Donald Trump.
A. Blair Dunn — who said he is a registered Republican and a supporter of Trump’s reelection bid — sent a letter to state Supreme Court Chief Justice Judith Nakamura on Thursday requesting clarification as to why Weld is not being recommended for a spot on the ballot. Nakamura chairs the nominating committee and sent New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver a list of names to be certified for the ballot in the Republican, Democratic and Libertarian primaries. Trump is the only Republican listed on the letter dated Feb. 11.
The Weld campaign had not received notification of the committee’s decision, campaign spokesman Joe Hunter told the Journal.
Weld’s campaign sent Nakamura a letter on Feb. 3 requesting a place on the ballot. The letter from Weld campaign chief of staff Natalie Cookson expressed a belief that the former governor met state statute requirements, noting that he had raised more than $1.3 million in campaign contributions, had almost 18,000 individual contributors and had qualified for the ballot in 19 other states. He received more than 9% of the vote against the president in the New Hampshire primary.
“The failure of the Committee to follow the law, coupled with the appearance that you as a Republican allowed GOP Chairman Steve Pearce to intentionally refuse to consider the candidacy of Governor Weld gives the appearance that (the) Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court condoned the violation of state statute in aid of President Trump’s reelection,” Dunn wrote in his letter to Nakamura.