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FROM: Carl Trujillo’s Campaign for Change
DATE: Monday, June 4, 2012
RE: Reform New Mexico
We are an inclusive, citizens campaign built on listening to the ideas of the community and that means that we welcome input from all people, including legitimate community/cause groups dedicated to making our community better — even when those community/cause groups have different opinions from our own.
What we don’t welcome is the interference of corporate & political front groups like Reform New Mexico seeking to influence the outcome of an election, whether those groups are Republican, Democrat or some other affiliation.
If we want a government that’s of, for and by the people, then it needs to be the people’s voice shaping our dialogue.
So to be clear, myself as an individual and our campaign have no affiliation what so ever with Reform New Mexico or any other corporate or political front group, nor do we welcome nor seek the support of such groups. Furthermore, while I am a citizen candidate, I and our campaign have strong views on vital issues — positions that are in strong opposition to those expressed by Reform New Mexico, particularly when it comes to reforming our educational system and protecting our environment. I am a passionate supporter of environmental protection and alternative, green energy, and unequivocally do not stand with the big oil and gas lobbyists who support Susana Martinez. I do not share their political agenda nor their point of view.
Further, I as a candidate am strongly opposed to such corporate front groups being able to influence our election, which is why I’m an active member of Money Outta Politics, a grassroots Santa Fe community activist group seeking to overturn Citizens United, limit the corporate and “soft money” influence in our politics, and return our government to the people.
Mr. Coss, Mr. Egolf and I have significant differences in this primary campaign, but we stand together in opposing the agenda of Reform New Mexico and on calling on Reform New Mexico and other corporate and political front groups to stop interfering with the election so that the people’s voice can be heard.
One of the greatest things about this campaign has been the outpouring of support from the people of our community who are committed to working for a better future.
But sometimes we get support from organizations who may have agendas that are likely to be at odds with our interests. And sometimes they may do things on their own, without our knowledge or our consent — whether it’s putting up a sign, sending out emails, making a financial contribution or something bigger.
This week, we had a few interesting examples. Organizations that have independently done things without any involvement from us. For example, two organizations sent out mailers that were negative to our opponent. We had nothing to do with them, but there’s nothing we can do to stop them.
Unfortunately, the opposition has been using slimy tactics to insinuate that we are somehow connected to these organizations and that’s proof that we have some kind of secret evil agenda. Our agenda is not secret; it is clear. There is only one interest that I seek to serve, and that is the very special interests of the people in the community that I grew up in, that my family has lived in and raised our children in for 400 years– the people of District 46.
Perhaps they have their own genuine, legitimate concerns about Mr. Coss, because while David Coss and I, as fellow Democrats, may not be that far apart in our specific stands on specific issues, we seem to have very different views about the political process when it comes to fairness, openness and transparency.
So, while we can’t stop organizations from doing certain things like sending out mailers, we can and do return checks from special interests that aren’t in line with the priorities of our community. Because there’s only one special interest that I’m looking to serve and that’s the people of the 46th District of New Mexico.
Our Campaign for Change is different than most political campaigns — since day one, listening to and representing our communities has been priority number one and we’re proud to say that days before the election, we’re harder at work than ever engaging with community members to hear your thoughts, priorities and ideas. We’ve had a policy throughout the campaign not to actively seek endorsements from groups, organizations, political leaders, etc., so that we could spend that time instead out in the community.
That’s why today, we’re proud to announce these two very special citizen endorsements from two active community advocates in Santa Fe. Both Rick Lass and Paul White have dedicated themselves to bettering our communities for our families and neighbors, and we’re proud to call them supporters of our Campaign for Change.
Paul White: Carl Trujillo is a Citizen Candidate…
Politicians these days seem more concerned with playing petty political games and advancing their own personal and political agendas than about listening to the people. Some career politicians put on a decent act during election season, but tune out the voices of the communities that they are supposed to be representing as soon as they get to the Roundhouse. Our communities can’t afford to elect another career politician that has become detached from the very communities they are supposed to be representing.
I’ve been an active member of the Santa Fe community for quite some time now. And although I don’t speak as a representative of the many community organizations and County committees that I’m a member of I know that they support the kind of openness and transparency that Carl would bring to us as our representative.
I can tell the difference between a career politician going through the motions and someone who is passionate and cares about the issues that our communities face.
Carl Trujillo is of the latter group. Carl believes in the concept of a citizen-legislator—he knows that his job is to listen to our communities and after that, be their voice and representation in the state legislature. Carl knows how to research issues and will make informed decisions on our behalf.
From multiple interactions I’ve had with Carl at community meetings–of those that I am a member of and many others that I’ve attended–I know that Carl actually cares about the problems facing our communities and will put listening to our communities voices and solving those problems as his number one and only priority.
It’s time for a change, the status quo is not working and we need representation that will listen to our hard-working communities. Carl Trujillo is the man for the job and that is why he has my full support.