During tonight’s Congressional district 1 Debate, the Republican candidate from the 1st Congressional District, Michelle Garcia Holmes, chose to tell lies and spread misinformation instead of giving solutions to our community’s needs. In a desperate attempt to mislead voters, Michelle Garcia Holmes accused Rep. Deb Haaland of direct responsibility for a failed business deal between Laguna Development Corporation (LDC), owned by the Pueblo of Laguna, and the now-defunct Isle of Capri Casinos.
Here are the facts, Deb Haaland sat on the LDC Board of Directors from 2010 until September of 2015 when she resigned. The business matter referred to by Holmes did not begin until several months after Haaland’s resignation and concluded more than two years later.
“Michelle Garcia Holmes’ reckless disregard for the truth and desperate attempt to damage her opponent while she is so far behind in the polls, is a terrible reflection on the Republican candidate’s ethics and character,” said Democratic Party of New Mexico Chair Marg Elliston. “Holmes has long bragged of being a disciple of President Trump. Now she is employing the President’s well-documented habit of fabricating allegations and then turning them into lies about her opponent. This kind of behavior is appalling coming from someone who is running to become a member of the United States House of Representatives and is completely out of step with our New Mexico values.”