Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Lass Endorses Republican

Rick Lass, the former Green party member who ran against troubled Democrat Jerome Block, Jr. for PRC in 2008, has endorsed the Republican running against Lucky Varela for state representative in District 48.

"Bob Walsh is a social liberal – in support of domestic partnerships, reproductive rights and strong environmental protection – but a fiscal conservative," a press release from the Walsh campaign said.

Lass, who registered Democrat after the last election, ran against Varela in 2002

A statement from Lass said:

Many of you know that I ran for PRC as a Green Party candidate in 2008 and received over 60% of the vote in Santa Fe. I believe this vote total is an indication that the voters of Santa Fe have lost faith in traditional Democratic Party politics, and are looking for an alternative.

Bob Walsh is that alternative.

As a social progressive, Bob Walsh supports fair elections, domestic partnerships, a woman’s right to choose, and the protection of our environment. I worked alongside Bob during the 2004 Presidential recount effort, and know that he has been a leader in election and ballot reform in New Mexico. For example, Bob was instrumental in establishing the state laws requiring paper ballots and voting machine audits.

I believe he will be a strong, progressive voice for change, and I urge everyone to support Bob’s campaign. With enthusiastic volunteers, a little money and great word-of-mouth, we can bring progressive change and good government to Santa Fe!

Varela, who has represented the heavily Democratic Santa Fe District since the mid 1980s, is expected to win re-election. But remember, everyone thought Ben Lujan would have an easy time in the primary against an unknown opponent and he ended up winning by only 80-some votes.

And speaking of that campaign, according to Walsh's press release, his campaign is being managed by Faith McKenna -- who was chief strategist for Carl Trujillo's primary campaign against Lujan.