Tuesday, 23 October 2018 19:28

2018 Election: 'Setting the Record Straight' on U.S. Congress Race CD-2

The amount of money being spent and the increasing pace of 'attack ads' in the race for U.S. Congress to fill the seat that Steve Pearce is vacating is staggering!

Some of the ads paid for by Xochitl Torres Small (or others who want her elected) paint Yvette Herrell as unethical for failing to disclose state contracts paid to a business (operated by family members) while she was a state lawmaker.

The truth? Yvette Herrell asked the Secretary of State about the state contracts years ago. In 2013 Herrell asked the Secretary of State’s office if she needed to change or amend a disclosure form because two properties owned by Herrell Properties, a company operated by other family members, had existing state leases. The response from the Secretary of State’s office was “NO,” because Herrell does not receive any lease payments and she was not a party to the leases with the state.

In her own words (published by regional news outlets), Yvette Herrell said, ""Ultimately, this entire series of events is nothing more than an attempt...to call into question my moral character, and they are doing so by pointing at fog and calling it smoke. There was never, is never, and will never be a time or situation where I will hide anything from my constituents or the people of New Mexico."

How about this one? Is Yvette Herrell taking lavish trips on taxpayer money? Trips? Yes - one per year that is pre-approved by the Speaker of the House. Lavish? Not even close.

As you know, our legislators are volunteers and unpaid. But there are a few things that are paid for by taxpayer dollars. First, they get per diem of $161/day when they are engaged in legislative activities and that includes interim committee meetings. Secondly, legislators are allowed to take one trip per year to out of state legislature related conferences such as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) or National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). This allows legislators to meet with their peers around the U.S. and learn about issues and solutions that they may be able to bring back to New Mexico.

It is the right of every legislator to attend these meetings and events and have it paid for by taxpayers. Payment for these trips covers only conference registration, transportation and per diem which may not even cover the hotel. Not all legislators take advantage of that, but it's hardly newsworthy when they do. And, it should definitely not be used as a campaign weapon when legislators pursue opportunities to help our state.

NMBC encourages voters in the CD-2 district to focus on the candidates positions on important issues HERE and HERE, not on the crazy attack ads.

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