New Mexico Democratic Hispanic Leaders Renew Call for Governor Martinez to Reject Trump’s Request for Endorsement

Albuquerque, N.M. – After another Republican official refused to endorse Donald Trump this week, Congressman Ben Ray Luján, Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham, and N.M. Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez renewed their call for Governor Martinez to reject Trump’s request for an endorsement.

Earlier this week, Representative Fred Upton (R-Mich) announced that he will not be backing Trump for president. Governor Martinez has yet to answer whether she will support Donald Trump for president–Republican Governors John Kasich (Ohio) and Larry Hogan (Md.) both rejected endorsing Trump.

“From the outset of his candidacy, Donald Trump has waged a campaign to malign Hispanics, along with many others – veterans, women, and Muslims – regardless of political party. His recent comments attacking Federal Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel are nothing short of racist and are the latest in a long line of bigoted remarks. As Hispanic leaders of our state, we reject Trump’s hateful and racist rhetoric and his efforts to divide communities.

“Likewise, we strongly urge Governor Susana Martinez and the New Mexico Republican Party to take a stand against Trump. It is inconceivable that they would seriously contemplate a political endorsement of a man who shows nothing but contempt and disrespect for New Mexico and its people. It is long past time for Governor Martinez to repudiate Trump and his brand of racism and separate New Mexico and herself from that racism by rejecting Trump’s request for an endorsement. New Mexico deserves better.”