Mick Rich Adds to NM GOP Call For Johnson To Quit Senate Race

Gary Johnson: still a child of the 1960s peace movement.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM, Sept. 18, 2018 – Mick Rich, Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in New Mexico, added to the New Mexico Republican Party’s call for Gary Johnson to quit the U.S. Senate race:

“Gary Johnson told KKOB-AM that he is not running to win the most votes, but to spread Libertarian philosophy,” Rich said. “By this admission, Mr. Johnson clearly is not in this race to represent the people of New Mexico. Let him spew his radical beliefs elsewhere, so the hard-working families of this state can gain a voice in the U.S. Senate.”

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NM Republican Party Calls on Johnson
To Withdraw from Senate Race

ALBUQUERQUE, NM Sept. 18, 2018 – Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Ryan Cangiolosi today called on Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson to withdraw his candidacy from New Mexico’s U.S. Senate race:

“Gary Johnson has a long legacy of service to New Mexico, but our shared beliefs in smaller, more fiscally responsible government would be best served if he withdrew his candidacy for the United States Senate. Sunday’s Albuquerque Journal poll painted a stark picture of the state of this race: in a head to head matchup, Republican nominee Mick Rich would be within just a few points of Democrat Martin Heinrich. We call on Gary Johnson to put New Mexico first, and clear a path for Mick Rich to become New Mexico’s next Senator.”

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Steve Pearce Endorses Mick Rich for U.S. Senate

ALBUQUERQUE, NM, Sept. 20, 2018 – Republican Congressman and Gubernatorial candidate Steve Pearce has endorsed Mick Rich, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in New Mexico:

“We need Mick Rich in the U.S Senate. His common sense is needed to create jobs and hold Washington accountable to the people of New Mexico. We need more people like him in the Senate instead of the politicians who cater to special interests. Join me in supporting Mick Rich in the U.S. Senate.”

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Mick Rich Responds to Move To Reinstate Straight Party Voting

ALBUQUERQUE, NM, Aug. 30, 2018 – Mick Rich, Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in New Mexico, responded to New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver’s move to reinstate straight-party voting for the November general election.

“If our Secretary of State wants to improve and speed up the voting process, she should send out a voting guide and sample ballot to every registered voter,” Rich said. “That would ensure we have a prepared and informed electorate. Other states do this. We don’t.”

Mick Rich Responds to Release Of Taos Compound Defendants

ALBUQUERQUE, NM, Aug. 29, 2018 – Mick Rich, Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in New Mexico, responded to the dismissal by to District Court judges in Taos of all the initial child abuse counts against five defendants arrested at a remote Taos County compound earlier this month.

“No one should get more than one chance to hurt our kids,” Rich said. “These types of cases are the inevitable result of open borders and sanctuary cities, which both of my opponents support.”

Poll Shows Tight Race Among Likely Voters

ALBUQUERQUE, NM, Aug. 21, 2018The Mick Rich for U.S. Senate campaign today released results from a telephone survey of 500 registered likely voters across New Mexico.

Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich gathered just 41% of the vote among those likely to go to the polls. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson came in third place. Because Johnson is well known, it is safe to assume that much of the five percent of undecided voters either will not vote or will vote for the Republican nominee, Mick Rich.

BALLOT COMPARISON
(among those likely to vote)

U.S. Senate (3-way)
Heinrich 41%
Rich 34%
Johnson 19%
Undecided 5%

“This poll shows Mick Rich within seven points of Heinrich on Election Day,” said campaign spokesman, Nathan James. “But as the election of President Trump proved, it’s not polls that make elections, it’s the people.

“This election will come down to grassroots activation and voter motivation – which candidate inspires people to vote,” James added. “For the working families of New Mexico, Mick Rick is that candidate.”

Poll details: A random sample of this type is likely to yield a margin of error of +4.5% in 95 out of 100 cases. Thirty-nine percent (39%) of the responses were completed among cell phone users. Responses were gathered July 31-August 2, 2018.

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National Right To Life Committee  Endorses Mick Rich

ALBUQUERQUE, NM, July 31, 2018 – The National Right to Life Committee has endorsed Republican nominee Mick Rich in New Mexico’s race for U.S. Senate.

The Committee called Rich a “a strong advocate for life,” citing his support of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would protect unborn children by prohibiting abortion at 20 weeks, and his opposition of the use of federal funds for abortion.

“In contrast, your opponent, Martin Heinrich, supports a policy of abortion on demand,” the endorsement reads. “He … voted against protecting unborn children who can feel pain during late abortions… supports using tax dollars to pay for abortion…. and supports giving hundreds of millions of dollars of [taxpayer] funds to the nation’s largest abortion provider.”

“I’m honored to receive this endorsement,” Rich said, “and I remain committed to protecting the most vulnerable members of our human family – unborn children and medically dependent or disabled persons – whose lives are threatened by abortion and euthanasia.”

Mick Rich Comments on Aubrey Dunn’s Withdrawal from Race

ALBUQUERQUE, NM, July 30, 2018 – Mick Rich, Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, issued the following statement on Libertarian nominee Aubrey Dunn’s withdrawal today from the campaign:

“Aubrey Dunn and I both want the best for New Mexico’s future. We both believe our state’s future depends on creating good-paying jobs that support families.

“To beat the progressive liberal senator, Martin Heinrich, New Mexico’s Republicans, Libertarians, independents and moderates must come together and show our strength by turning out to vote on Nov. 6.

“From the beginning, I have said that I will be the voice in Washington for New Mexico’s hard-working taxpayers. Now that we stand fewer than 100 days from Election Day, my commitment is stronger than ever.”

MICK RICH FOR U.S. SENATE CAMPAIGN ON PRESIDENT’S SUPREME COURT NOMINATION

Albuquerque, NM – U.S. Senate candidate Mick Rich issued the following statement on the President’s nomination of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court:

“I applaud the President’s nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to our nation’s highest court,” Mick Rich said. “He has a strong record of upholding our constitution and laws on the federal bench, and I urge the U.S. Senate to act swiftly to hold hearings and vote on this nomination.”

The campaign also pointed out Democrat Martin Heinrich’s record of hypocrisy and political gamesmanship with Supreme Court nominations:

“Just a few short years ago, Martin Heinrich demanded action on President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee,” campaign spokesman Mike Lonergan said. “Now he’s standing with the liberal elites like Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi in obstructing the President’s nominee. While it’s not surprising, it’s sad because New Mexicans deserve better from their U.S. Senator.”

Background:

“It doesn’t say may, it doesn’t say shall except on election years, it says shall nominate. We need to do our jobs.” – Martin Heinrich (Capitol Hill Press Conference, 2/25/2016)

“…[I]f we don’t do our jobs, it makes it impossible for the Supreme Court to do their job.” – Martin Heinrich (Capitol Hill Press Conference, 2/25/2016)

“Let’s all step up, Republicans and Democrats, and do our job.” – Martin Heinrich (Capitol Hill Press Conference, 2/25/2016)

“These political games are irresponsible, they’re constitutionally disrespectful, they’re disrespectful of our President, and they’re disappointing.” – Martin Heinrich (Capitol Hill Press Conference, 4/26/2016)

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WHERE DOES MARTIN HEINRICH STAND ON PROTECTING OUR BORDERS?

Senator Silent while more Democrats Call for Abolishing ICE

Albuquerque, NM – While more Democrats continue to call for abolishing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Mick Rich for U.S. Senate campaign called on Democrat Senator Martin Heinrich to tell New Mexicans where he stands.

“As more Democrats in New Mexico and around the country call for abolishing ICE, New Mexico’s junior Senator Martin Heinrich – who represents a border state – refuses to take a stand,” Mick Rich campaign spokesman Mike Lonergan said. “The men and women of ICE protect New Mexicans from crimes like drugs and human trafficking, and our senator should support them. Martin Heinrich needs to tell his constituents where he stands on leaving our borders unsecured.”

Among the growing calls to abolish ICE: former New Mexico Democrat Party Chair and candidate for Congress Deb Haaland, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-MA), and others.

Background:

“As the Democratic base is rallying behind cries to get rid of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, elected officials are beginning to echo the message.” (MSNBC, More Democrats call to abolish ICE, 7/1/18)

“Deb Haaland, a Native American who stunned the New Mexico political establishment with a House primary victory early this month, supports the idea.” (The New York Times, How ‘Abolish ICE’ Went From Social Media to Progressive Candidates’ Rallying Cry, 6/29/18)

“Several prominent Democrats who are mulling a bid for the White House in 2020 sought to bolster their progressive credentials this week by calling for major changes to immigration enforcement, with some pressing for the outright abolition of the federal government’s chief immigration enforcement agency.” (Associated Press: ‘Abolish ICE’ emerging as new rallying call for 2020 Democrats, 6/29/18)

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U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE MICK RICH STATEMENT ON SUPREME COURT VACANCY

Albuquerque, NM – U.S. Senate candidate Mick Rich today made the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy:

“President Trump has a strong track record of appointing federal judges that fairly and impartially apply our Constitution and our laws,” Mick Rich said. “I’m looking forward to the President’s nomination to fill the new vacancy on our nation’s highest court. I hope that New Mexico’s U.S. senators will then act swiftly to fulfill their constitutional duty and act in good faith on the President’s nomination.”

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