Meanwhile, three of the four Democratic members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation are backing Clinton. Sen. Martin Heinrich posted his support for the former first lady and secretary of state to his Facebook page Sunday night, and Sen. Tom Udall followed with a tweet of his own on Monday.
“I’m in with @HillaryClinton because she’s the champion everyday Americans need,” Heinrich posted on his personal Facebook page (as opposed to his official Senate page on the social media site). “Someone who will fight for working people and invest in clean energy.”
“I’m ready for Hillary!” Udall tweeted. “Hillary Clinton has the experience to be our next President.”
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham also trumpeted her support for Hillary.
“Hillary Clinton’s message will resonate with everyday New Mexicans who hear about the improving national economy, but don’t feel it at home They want a champion who will fight for families and higher wages. They want a champion who understands everyday New Mexicans should benefit from the improving economy so they can get ahead and stay ahead. I know Hillary will be that champion and that’s why I’m proud to support her.”
Rep. Ben Ray Lujan – chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee – is officially keeping his powder dry, but he issued a qualified statement of support for Clinton.
“Up and down the ticket, the choice for voters next November will be crystal clear: support for Democrats will mean a vote for hard-working Americans who want Washington to fight for them, while a vote for Republicans will mean more dysfunction and damaging policies that aid special interests while leaving hard-working families in the dust,” Lujan said.
“If chosen as our presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton will bring experience and energy to the campaign trail that will turn out hard-working families in New Mexico and across the country, and excite a new generation of Democrats.”
The early support from members of Congress reflects Clinton’s aura of invincibility – at least in conventional political circles – as the eventual Democratic presidential nominee.
For what it’s worth, Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez – now a DC resident – was a senior advisor to the “Ready for Hillary” committee and has been touting her campaign for at least a year.