Politics Notebook: Martinez, King agree to second debate on TV

There’s another televised debate in the New Mexico gubernatorial race to put on the calendar – if you speak Spanish.

The candidates, Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and Democratic Attorney General Gary King, have agreed to participate in a Spanish-language debate on Oct. 6 that will be televised on Univision.

Martinez plans to speak Spanish in the debate, according to her campaign. King will participate in the debate through an interpreter.

Political analyst Brian Sanderoff said the Spanish-language debate with only one candidate speaking Spanish would be the first of its kind in New Mexico.

“Conceivably, it could work to the favor of Susana Martinez, since she is bilingual and Gary King is not,” Sanderoff said. “There will be a bit of a symbolic disconnect in that (King) has an intermediary.”

The candidates have agreed to participate in at least one other televised debate. That debate, with KOAT-TV and the Albuquerque Journal, will air live on Oct. 19 on KOAT. The candidates also plan to participate in a forum hosted by the commercial real estate development group NAIOP on Sept 22. That forum, for which candidates will be provided questions in advance, is scheduled to be televised on KOB-TV.

SEEKING CENSURE: Southern New Mexico’s Rep. Steve Pearce is calling for Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to face disciplinary action in the House of Representatives for a negative exchange Pelosi had with a Pennsylvania Republican during a floor debate on immigration.

Pearce, a Republican, told the Roswell Daily Record this week that he plans to seek a House censure of Pelosi after the former House speaker reportedly told Rep. Tom Marino, R-Penn., to “shut up” while the Republican was speaking about immigration and border security issues on the House floor.

“I’ve told our leader, Speaker (John) Boehner, that when we get back, that needs to be taken up on the House floor, and if there is reason for censure, we should do that,” Pearce told the Roswell newspaper this week.

Censure is a formal House reprimand that stops short of removing a member from Congress. The procedure was last used in 2010 against Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., who faced an accumulation of ethics violations.

WEH ON TV: Republican U.S. Senate candidate Allen Weh launched his first campaign ad of the general election Friday, highlighting his 28-year military career.

Weh is a retired Marine Corps Reserve colonel, a former New Mexico Republican Party chairman and owner of an air charter company.

“For Allen, serving in the United States Senate will be just like another tour of duty for him,” Weh’s wife, Becky, says in the ad.

The Weh ad is the first response to a number of TV spots from Sen. Tom Udall, which have focused on Udall’s congressional record.

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