CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE EDDY ARAGON
CALLS ON GOP TO HOLD ‘TRANSPARENT ELECTION’
ALBUQUERQUE, NM, MARCH 8, 2021 – Eddy Aragon, candidate for New Mexico’s first congressional district, today said the New Mexico Republican Party must hold a “completely transparent election” among its central committee members to choose a nominee to replace Deb Haaland.
Aragon said state Republican Party communication about the election has been confusing and contradictory.
“One week, party Chairman Steve Pearce lists a slate of declared candidates and says the election will be held within 48 hours of Deb Haaland’s confirmation,” Aragon said. “The next week, he says there is no slate of candidates because there is not yet a House vacancy.
“It would be naïve to call this incompetence,” Aragon said. “This is the stink of swamp politics in the high desert of New Mexico. This is about party insiders wanting to call the shots instead of letting the voting public decide.”
Aragon said the party primary election – which includes only 134 members of the central committee who live within the first congressional district – must take place publicly, by roll call vote.
“Without a public roll call vote, we cannot trust that the Republican nominee will be legitimate,” Aragon said. “If New Mexicans want to live in a democracy and not a banana republic, we must demand free and fair elections.”
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Nathan James, Communications Director
Eddy Aragon for New Mexico