Month: May 2018

Mick Rich for U.S. Senate Campaign Calls on Martin Heinrich to Denounce Corrupt Democrat Politician

Albuquerque, NM – The Mick Rich for U.S. Senate campaign today called on Democrat Senator Martin Heinrich to denounce fellow Democrat and corrupt politician Michelle Lujan Grisham and demand she step aside as a candidate for New Mexico’s highest office.

“Time and time again, Heinrich takes cheap political shots against Republicans while holding his Democrat allies to different standards,” Mick Rich for U.S. Senate spokesman Mike Lonergan said. “Heinrich needs to denounce Lujan Grisham’s corrupt dealings and demand she step aside as a candidate for our state’s highest office. New Mexicans deserve a senator that will fight for the whole state, not just one political party.”

According to recent news reports, Lujan Grisham and her Democrat ally Debbie Armstrong founded and ran a company that has received millions of taxpayer dollars that was supposed to provide healthcare to New Mexicans in need – even after Obamacare effectively made their services obsolete.

According to these reports, Lujan Grisham has received as much as $350,000 from the company, and possibly even more, and has also taken more than $10,000 in campaign contributions from Delta Consulting.

Martin Heinrich continues to attack and denounce Republicans to score political points. Just a few weeks ago, he attacked the President’s nomination of Gina Haspel – now the first woman to lead the Central Intelligence agency – even after voting in favor of Democrat Barack Obama’s nominee that supported similar policies.

Last month, Heinrich called for the director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to resign amid allegations of scandal.

In 2017, Heinrich denounced former Texas Governor Rick Perry, now the U.S. Secretary of Energy, as “utterly unqualified,” and voted against his confirmation.

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Mick Rich on Dodd Frank Rollback: ‘What Took You So Long?’

ALBUQUERQUE, May 24, 2018 – Republican nominee for U.S. Senate Mick Rich today congratulated Congress and President Trump for the rollback on Dodd Frank banking regulations, but added that this correction to Obama-era regulation was “too little, too late.”

“Community banks lend money that lets businesses grow and create jobs for New Mexicans,” Rich said. “Now they will be able to resume their vital role in our local economy that they played before Dodd Frank.”

Rich pointed to a Wall Street Journal study showing that loans to small businesses in rural communities dropped by half after Dodd Frank became law in 2010. Worse, the law contributed to a doubling in the number of rural counties that have no community bank.

“Make no mistake: New Mexico is rural America,” Rich said. “That’s why I came out against Dodd Frank early and often.”

Rich cited a 2014 Washington Post article that focused on his contracting business as an example of how Dodd Frank hurt small business.

Rich added that this legislation is merely the beginning, not the end, of the Dodd-Frank legislative rollback.

“Dodd-Frank’s burdens on consumers, investors, and entrepreneurs remain intact,” Rich said. “As a citizen and as New Mexico’s next senator, I will continue to work to overturn this crippling regulation.”

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Building New Mexico’s Energy Future

Carlsbad Current Argus

By Mick Rich, Republican Candidate for United State Senate
Published 1:00 a.m. MT May 11, 2018

I strongly advocate a full spectrum energy policy for New Mexico, tapping all our natural and intellectual resources. Here’s why.

  1. New Mexico has abundant energy: New Mexico is the seventh-largest supplier of energy to America. Our oil production grew 17 percent in 2016 alone, making New Mexico America’s third-largest oil producer. We provide four percent our nation’s natural gas, and two percent of its coal. Although we have no nuclear power plants, we have the second-largest uranium reserves in the nation.
  2. New Mexico produces more energy than we use: Not only does this make us energy self-sufficient, it enables us to reduce America’s dependence on foreign energy sources – which increases our national security.
  3. New Mexico’s energy spectrum fills the full rainbow: In addition to oil, gas and coal, our substantial renewable energy sources include wind, solar (15th among U.S. states in installed capacity), hydroelectric, biomass, and geothermal (sixth among U.S. states). Already, wind supplies 11 percent and solar provides three percent of our state’s electricity. All of our state’s planned new electricity generating capacity will use renewable energy or natural gas.
  4. New Mexico sits in the middle of energy highways: As a supplier of electricity to neighboring states, New Mexico has a prime location at the edge of the three U.S. electrical grids — the Eastern, Western and Texas Interconnections — and of the Four Corners power trading hub. We are also home to a major portion of the SunZia Project, a 515-mile electrical transmission corridor expected to be in service by 2020.
  5. New Mexico’s energy is spread throughout the state: People tend to think first of our fossil fuel reserves in the southeast and northwest regions of our state. But our largest wind energy potential is in the eastern half of the state; our geothermal resources are located in the southwestern and north-central parts of the state; and our solar potential is mostly in the southern half of the state. This means energy jobs exist in almost every county.
  6. New Mexico’s energy is poised for the future: New Mexicans are fueling the future of America’s energy resources with our brainpower. Los Alamos National Laboratory conducts research on fuel cells, superconductors, carbon dioxide capture and storage, smart grid technology, solar, wind, and geothermal energy. Sandia National Laboratory is researching advanced plasma science, fusion science, and fusion technology.
  7. Energy creates good-paying jobs: All energy jobs pay more than New Mexico’s average wage – enough to support a family on a single income. Many of these jobs do not require a college degree. With our unemployment rate still near the worst in the nation, we cannot ignore this vital source of jobs.
  8. Energy equals education funding: Oil and gas royalties make up 15 percent of New Mexico’s state revenues. Without them, we would have almost no money to pay for our K-12 teachers and schools, which is the single biggest expense in our state budget.

New Mexico is so rich in so many forms of energy, it would be negligent not to develop all of them. Unlike my opponent, I do not believe our environment will suffer because of energy production, and I do not believe the federal or state government should favor any one of these energy sources over another.

We need a U.S. Senator who will work as a partner with the energy sector to help grow our economy and our energy independence. I will be that Senator.

Mick Rich is a Republican candidate for the United States Senate.