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Candidate Deb Haaland Responds to Supreme Court Nominee Announcement

"The Supreme Court vacancy is the most consequential in our lifetime, but this nominee is from an A-list of extremists, out of touch with reality."


Albuquerque, NM -- In response to highly anticipated Supreme Court nominee announcement, Deb Haaland, the Democratic Nominee for Congress in New Mexico's District 1, released the following statement:

"Donald Trump's selection for Supreme Court nominee sends a very clear message to everyday people: he doesn't care and he's set on turning back the clock for those who are struggling.

"Women, people of color, and so many other marginalized communities deserve a strong voice, not someone who has the power to destroy critical wins on women's reproductive rights, healthcare, marriage equality, unions, and civil rights at the drop of a hat.

"The Supreme Court vacancy is the most consequential in our lifetime, but this nominee is from an A-list of extremists, out of touch with reality.

"I hear the anger from voters every single day. Nobody wants more laws that make it more difficult for families to live, to eat, to find healthcare, or to simply love. Nobody wants to see children separated from their parents or people barred from traveling to our country.

"Let's make our message clear. We will organize. We will double down on our commitment to electing Democrats in 2018 and beyond. We will organize for Democrats, vote for Democrats, and elect Democrats up and down the ballot, to keep the historic protections those who came before us fiercely fought for and won."

Deb is an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Laguna. She grew up in a military family; her father was a 30-year combat Marine who was awarded the Silver Star Medal during Vietnam, and her mother is a Navy veteran who went on to work 25 years in Indian education. Deb’s family moved throughout the country during her father’s military service; as a result, she attended 13 different high schools before graduating. She knows the sacrifices made by military families all too well — because she’s lived them.

Deb is a single mother who volunteered cleaning toilets and sweeping floors in order to afford her daughter’s early childhood education. Like so many New Mexicans, Deb had to rely on food stamps at times as a single parent. She has been a small-business owner and knows her colleagues’ challenges firsthand. Deb has lived paycheck-to-paycheck and struggled to put herself through college and law school — but she did it through hard work and determination. Like so many New Mexicans, both Deb and her daughter are still working to pay off exorbitant higher-education loans. Unlike her opponents, Deb is not in a position to self-fund her campaign.

Deb is running for Congress because she’s lived the struggles of everyday New Mexicans. She understand their needs and is best equipped to be our families’ fiercest advocate in Congress. She will fight tirelessly to create opportunities and improve livelihood for all New Mexicans.


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