Republican faces uphill fight in Northern New Mexico

Republican faces uphill fight in Northern New Mexico

Alexis Martinez Johnson speaks during a radio interview Thursday at KFUN/KLVF radio in Las Vegas, N.M. LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Strolling toward Storrie Lake on a blustery day with a look of intensity, Alexis Martinez Johnson is talking about the importance of tightening border security as her children, Casandra and Conrad, play in the distance. “So those guys right there is why I’m doing this,” said the Republican candidate for the 3rd Congressional District, pointing to her 8-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son. “The children. I don’t want my daughter to be taught in Santa Fe that her father, working 17 hours a day in the energy industry, should be hated." Casandra’s father works for a Midland, Texas-based engineering firm owned by the child’s paternal grandfather, a business that does work for oil and gas companies in the Permian Basin. And as Johnson puts it, their entire way of life — from expressing conservative ideas, to taking pride in helping supply oil and gas, to owning a firearm — is under attack by what she calls "environmental extremism," "socialism" and left-wing "mob rule" that brought down the Santa Fe Plaza obelisk nearly two weeks ago. It’s the kind of strident sales pitch that may prove a tough sell in Johnson’s race against Teresa Leger Fernandez, her heavily favored, better-known, better-funded Democratic opponent. The race is not thought to be competitive — even by the National Republican Congressional Committee, which has not lent any financial support to Johnson. Nevertheless, Johnson continues […]

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