GOP’s Johnson hopes anti-abortion views win over moderate Democrats

GOP's Johnson hopes anti-abortion views win over moderate Democrats

Alexis Martinez Johnson speaks Wednesday on a video call with the New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau from her campaign office in Santa Fe. Johnson is the Republican candidate for New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District. People may not at first glance assume that Alexis Martinez Johnson is a staunch conservative Republican. Johnson is Latina. Her great-great-grandmother , Rafaela , was Apache. She’s a woman. And Republican candidates in the 3rd Congressional District have in the past been, well, mostly white men. Johnson’s cultural heritage is a point of pride, and she credits even Democrats with similar backgrounds who make inroads into the halls of power. "This delegation that we have with all the congressional candidates, they’re all women, and they’re all women of color — from the 1st, 2nd and 3rd [congressional districts]," Johnson said. "And I think that’s amazing. I think we need more role models in U.S. Congress to show that women can pave the way for leadership and provide another dynamic to decision making in the government. I think that our government should be reflective of their constituents," she continued. But the similarities between Johnson and her Democratic opponent, Teresa Leger Fernandez, stop there. Despite embodying the political will to get more women elected to public office, Johnson slams Leger Fernandez for receiving support from EMILY’s List, a political action committee dedicated to getting more Democratic women who favor abortion rights elected. Why? Because Johnson is firmly opposed to abortion at a time when many worry […]

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