Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Williams-Stapleton Gets Primary Challenger

Beleaguered State House Democratic Whip Sheryl Williams-Stapleton has a primary challenger for the Democratic nomination for her House seat this year.

 Rob Nikolewski of  Capitol Report New Mexico just confirmed that Cara Valente-Compton, a University of New Mexico law student, will run against the whip.

The challenger said that Williams-Stapleton's recent Roundhouse outburst -- in which she accused Rep. Nora Espinoza, R-Roswell, of "carrying the Mexican's water on the Fourth Floor," a barb aimed at Gov. Susana Martinez -- played a role in her decision to run.

“Of course it did,” Valente-Compton said, “but it’s not the primary reason why I’ve decided to run. But we do have to elevate the tone in Santa Fe … we’re professional people and we have to treat others, and those we disagree with, with respect …. I was raised by Republicans, you have to honor and respect them.”
Williams-Stapleton has apologized to Martinez, Espinoza and the public in general for the remarks.

I think there will be a few interesting primary challenges this year.


  1. Sounds like the challenger is actually an intelligent person unlike the imcumbent. She would a refreshing change, especially if we can also get rid of the Speaker of the House as well.

  2. My problem with Rep. Williams-Stapleton is not that she shot her mouth off. Rather, she has been inaccessible to her constituents in the neighborhoods she represents, and she was remarkably selfish in the redistricting process. If you're not a team player and you don't listen to those you represent, out you go!

    Moreover, Cara Valente-Compton has been involved in local Democratic Party politics for a long time. She knows what's going on, and she'll do a good job.