On Monday, Republican Jon Barela, who wants to unseat first-term Representative Martin Heinrich (D-NM1), signed the Americans for Tax Reform’s “Taxpayer Protection Pledge.”
Barela's pledge means he will oppose all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals or businesses. He said he'll also oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.
Barela announced his pledge on his Facebook page. If he's looking to pick up ABQ Tea Rally supporters this might be a way to attract their support and early campaign contributions.
Barela who announced last month said:
Government spending is out of control and the money to fund that blank check in Washington is coming out of the paychecks of New Mexico workers and costing us jobs right here at home. Unlike the Washington politicians, I understand that small business, not big government, holds the key to job creation and increasing taxes is not the answer.Since its rollout, with the endorsement of President Reagan in 1986, the pledge has become de rigueur for Republicans seeking office, and is a necessity for Democrats running in Republican districts.
Democrat Supporter May Be Stripped From State and County Party Position
Democrat Robert Aragon infuriated dems when he introduced Barela at his June 18th campaign announcement.
At the time Aragon said:
I’m a lifelong Democrat, but I’m a New Mexican first. I’m enthusiastically supporting Jon Barela because I know he’s one of us and he’ll always put New Mexico first, and that’s more important than partisan politics.We've learned Bernalillo County Democrats will have a meeting on July 23rd at 7pm and are considering stripping Aragon from his post as a ward chair and from his County Central Committee status for those comments and more that he was recorded making in this video.
Democrat Bernalillo County Chair Ana Canales confirmed she has received formal complaints from the membership regarding Aragon's status as a ward chair. Democrats have cited rules in section 12-7 of the state party rules as a reason they're considering the removal. Aragon has said he will fight the action with his attorneys.
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