Month: July 2017

Heinrich’s Trip to Southeast NM Proves He’s Out of Touch


Last weekend, New Mexico’s junior Senator, Martin Heinrich, conducted a brief three-city tour of Southeast New Mexico as part of his re-election campaign. He visited Carlsbad, Roswell, and Ruidoso.

But Mr. Heinrich’s tour was more notable for what he didn’t do and say than what he did. To begin, he didn’t meet with all New Mexicans – he met only with registered Democrats.

Why would he meet only Democrats? He does not have a Democratic primary opponent. Why not hold town hall meetings open to everyone, as does U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce?

While Mr. Heinrich was meeting solely with Democrats, I attended a bipartisan business meeting in Roswell on Friday, and on Saturday morning met with a group of hard working New Mexicans in Albuquerque who happen to be Democrats.

What did Mr. Heinrich discuss? His opposition to Republican attempts to improve health care, and our state legislature’s failure on early childhood education.

Mr. Heinrich has done nothing to fix his broken promises about the Affordable Health Care Act. He promised New Mexicans that our health care costs would drop, and that if we liked our health care provider, we could keep it. That didn’t happen. Mr. Heinrich was one of the legislators who broke our healthcare system, and he hasn’t lifted a finger to fix it.

As for early childhood education: that is our state legislature and Governor’s responsibility. Instead of blaming others for our problems, here is what Mr. Heinrich should have discussed:

In Carlsbad, he should have addressed the huge sinkhole that threatens a large portion of the city, and could interrupt all truck and passenger traffic in Southeast New Mexico. The sinkhole resulted when federal bureaucrats approved a brine mine in southern Carlsbad. The federal government created the problem and the federal government should fix it.

Speaking of which, the two passenger elevators at Carlsbad Caverns National Park are still not operating. This limits the Caverns’ elevator capacity, which dampens tourism and hurts the local economy. It’s a federal issue with a simple fix (emergency repair funding), but our junior Senator has taken no action.

In Roswell, if Mr. Heinrich had met with Republicans as well as Democrats, he probably would have had to defend the fact that he has upheld burdensome federal regulations on the oil and gas industries, costing jobs in Southeast New Mexico and tax revenue for the state. If Mr. Heinrich wants the keep the burdensome regulations, he should seek federal financial relief for people left unemployed, and for our state schools left underfunded.

Mr. Heinrich’s third stop, Ruidoso, comes close to matching his vision for New Mexico: plenty of restaurant and hotel jobs to host tourists. Unfortunately, those jobs don’t earn enough to support families. New Mexico has the #1 unemployment rate in America and the #2 poverty rate. We need more good-paying jobs in Southeast New Mexico.

My vision for New Mexico? We once again lead America in energy independence, while also treating the environment responsibly. Our federal labs once again guide America’s technology development, leading to a vibrant high tech industry. Our young professionals can find exciting and fulfilling careers right here at home. And New Mexico once again has a U.S. Senator who is more concerned for your job than his own.

Mr. Heinrich’s tour to three Southeast New Mexico cities made headlines in the local papers – proof of how rarely he is seen here. It should be a frequent occurrence for our U.S. Senator to meet with, and hear the concerns of, all hard-working New Mexicans.

New Mexicans deserve a U.S. Senator that will work as hard as they do. That is why I am running for the U.S. Senate.

Associated Builders and Contractors Endorses Mick Rich for U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON, June 29, 2017 – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), a national construction industry trade association of 21,000 members, has endorsed Mick Rich for U.S. Senate.

The endorsement includes a campaign contribution from ABC’s political action committee of $5,000, the maximum allowed under Federal Election Commission rules.

“I’m honored to receive ABC’s endorsement,” Mick Rich said. “I know of no other trade association so committed to hard-working Americans.”

At the same time, ABC’s New Mexico chapter endorsed Rich, and ABC New Mexico PAC contributed the maximum allowable $5,400 to his campaign.

“We’re proud of Mick – he represents Hard Hats all across America,” said ABC New Mexico President, Roxanne Rivera-Wiest. “Mick will bring common sense values to Washington, and help get our state back to work with good-paying jobs.”

Rich has been a a member of the New Mexico chapter of ABC for 30 years, and has served on its board of directors. He helped the chapter establish a construction trade apprentice program in Albuquerque to teach young adults carpentry skills.

In the 2016 election cycle, ABC PAC contributed nearly $1.2 million to federal political candidates, 100 percent of which went to Republicans. In addition to financial support of candidates, the PAC exists to educate its members about the importance of political activism.

Rich said that as Senator, his priorities will be to ensure America’s security and to help businesses flourish so they can create more jobs.

In D.C. Speech, Mick Rich Blames Career Politicians For New Mexico’s Problems

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2017 – Addressing a legislative breakfast today for the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) immediately prior to Vice President Mike Pence, Mick Rich, candidate for U.S. Senate, blamed New Mexico’s problems on “politicians who care more about their own careers than doing what’s right for the people who elected them.

“If we keep electing career politicians to represent us, we will never get ahead,” Rich said.

He cited a recent poll showing that 73 percent of New Mexicans believe the state is on the wrong track.

“We need more members of Congress who believe in free enterprise, smaller government, and fewer taxes and regulations. Simply put: Congress needs men and women who are comfortable wearing a hard hat, who find dignity in work,” Rich said.

Rich said that as Senator, his priorities will be to ensure America’s security and to help businesses flourish so they can create more jobs.

“Business, not government, moves this country forward,” Rich said, pointing to his work with ABC’s New Mexico chapter to establish a construction trade apprentice program. Rich has been a member of ABC New Mexico for three decades, and has served on its board of directors.

“For hard-working taxpayers who want America to succeed: I will be your voice in Washington,” Rich said, and repeated his pledge to serve no more than two terms in the U.S. Senate.

Associated Builders and Contractors is a national construction industry trade association of 21,000 members. Rich’s speech was part of ABC’s legislative week, designed to educate Congress about the issues that affect the construction industry and to showcase how its members create jobs and boost America’s economy.