U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson is in New Mexico today, under the guise of an official visit, but there’s no hiding that he’s really here, on taxpayer dollars, to campaign for right-wing crusader Steve Pearce in his campaign for governor. They aren’t even visiting Pearce’s district.
“How generous of Trump to use government resources to help Steve Pearce put on a fake ‘congressional event,’ miles outside of Pearce’s district and shame on both of them for using New Mexicans’ tax dollars for Pearce’s campaign, for the second time in two days,” said Marg Elliston, Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “It’s no surprise Trump dispatched his HUD Secretary to campaign for Pearce. Both are extremists cut from the same cloth, they share backwards views on LGBTQ+ and women’s rights, and both oppose universal healthcare and the most basic gun safety reform.”
Both would turn back women’s rights, and Carson called for “re-education” of women who support choice.
Pearce would support the rollback of Roe v. Wade, and in a 2006 interview “said he did not think abortion should be a legal option available to women.” [Albuquerque Journal, 10/22/06]
Ben Carson called for the “re-education” of women so they don’t get “riled up” about their rights.
Ben Carson and Steve Pearce both support a radical anti-LGBTQ+ agenda
Steve Pearce donates thousands to Capitol Ministries, a group Carson singled out for praise. The group claims to support “bible-based laws” and vehemently opposes same sex marriage. Pastor Ralph Drollinger has said that homosexuality is “illegitimate” and that it would lead to “the discontinuation of the species.” [Steve and Cynthia Pearce Charitable Foundation Forms 990]
Carson thinks homosexuality is a choice: CNN reported that Carson asserted “that homosexuality is a choice because people ‘go into prison straight — and when they come out, they’re gay.’”
Both actively pushed anti-transgender hate. Carson believes that transgender people should be forced into separate bathrooms, saying “it’s not fair for them to make everybody else uncomfortable.” And in August 2016, Pearce Wrote a Letter to the Las Cruces Public School Board Offering His Assistance in “Beating Back” “Overreach” by the Obama Administration Regarding Transgender Students’ Bathroom Use.
Carson called Obamacare “the worst thing since slavery” and Pearce voted to strip health coverage from over 300,000 New Mexicans
2013: At the Value Voters Summit, Ben Carson compared the Affordable Care Act to slavery. The Washington Post reported: You know Obamacare is really I think the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery,” Carson, who is African American, said Friday in remarks at the Values Voter Summit in Washington. “And it is in a way, it is slavery in a way, because it is making all of us subservient to the government, and it was never about health care. It was about control.”
2017: After voting at least 20 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Pearce voted to pass the American Health Care Act, which would have kicked up to 318k New Mexicans off of their health coverage. Independent analysis by the non-partisan Urban Institute found that the Medicaid cuts in the bill could eliminate coverage for nearly 15 million nationwide, and over 300,000 in New Mexico.
Both Pearce and Carson are in the pocket of the hard-right gun lobby.
Carson said he “never saw a body with bullet holes” that would merit tougher gun-laws. This was after the Umpqua Community College shooting that killed eight students and a teacher.
Pearce has said for decades “I think we’ve got plenty of gun laws in place.” [AP, 5/22/2002]