Candidates Addressed Issues Important to Communities of Color While Moores Pandered to Supporters
While three of the candidates for Congress in New Mexico’s first Congressional District addressed critical issues at a forum hosted by the New Mexico Black Voters Collaborative this week, Senator Mark Moores was busy pandering to his own party.
The forum took place on the same day that Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering George Floyd and was a crucial opportunity for candidates to address how they would support communities of color. Democrat Melanie Stansbury, Libertarian Chris Manning, and Independent Aubrey Dunn spent Tuesday evening answering questions on topics such as police reform, racial inequality, and systematic racism.
Instead of providing his own views on these important topics, Moores refused to attend the event, and instead joined Sandoval Republicans for a monthly meeting, where he failed to wear a mask.
Recent reporting from the Albuquerque Journal, KOB, and New Mexico Political Report has highlighted Moores’ absence from the event, including his last minute withdrawal from the forum. Political blogger Joe Monahan criticized Moores’ absence, saying that he “lost a golden opportunity to…get on with the task of broadening the appeal of his candidacy and that of the beleaguered Republican Party.”
“Instead of addressing the issues that are important to communities of color, Moores hid among yes-men who would not question his policies,” said DPNM Chair Marg Elliston. “New Mexicans deserve leaders who will show up for the hard conversations and commit to representing all of our communities, not just those that agree with them. This failure to even engage in a conversation shows that Moores cannot be trusted to be a voice for New Mexicans in Congress.”