Congressman Ben Ray Luján, a candidate for Senate, issued the following statement after the Republican Party of New Mexico called for a change in the “complexion of our Congressional delegation’:
“As a Hispanic representative of a majority-minority state, I have a responsibility to speak out forcefully when racism and dog whistles are used to further political attacks against people who look like me.
“Today, the Republican Party of New Mexico called for a change in the ‘complexion of our Congressional delegation.’
“New Mexico is represented by three people of color in the U.S. House of Representatives. There is no ambiguity in the meaning of that statement. This is right out of the playbook of Stephen Miller and is deeply offensive to all New Mexicans.
“I call on the Republican Party of New Mexico to forgo any future race-based attacks in political campaigns. We can and should have a civil exchange of ideas without resorting to race-baiting.”