According to an e-mail from the union
“Our members are middle class, hard-working New Mexicans. Martin is one of us, and he has gone to bat for regular working people both here in New Mexico and across the country” said AFSCME’s New Mexico PEOPLE Chair Patty French. “That’s why” French added, “our members on our political committee voted unanimously to do everything we can to ensure that Martin wins the Democratic nomination for Senate”.
The move comes a couple of weeks before state Auditor Hector Balderas is expected to announce his candidacy for the Senate seat, which is open because longtime Sen. Jeff Bingaman isn't seeking re-election.
AFSCME, one of the two largest unions in the state is a major player in state Democratic politics, as well as a major contributor to Democratic campaigns. According to the Institute of Money in State Politics, the union contributed more than $435,000 to candidates in New Mexico.