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New Mexico Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino, Chairman Public Affairs Committee, First NM Legislator to Endorse Bernie Sanders

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Chairman of the NM Senate Public Affairs Committee and generally recognized as the most progressive member of the 112 member New Mexico Legislature, Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino has served in the Legislature since 2005. He has a long history of championing the underdog, the disenfranchised, the people needing help most of all (the victims of corporate manipulation of government processes), and the causes that have the most glaring need for action, much like Bernie Sanders has done his entire legislative career.

Ortiz y Pino endorsed Bernie early on in 2016, as well.

This video link was to the Democracy for Now program on those endorsements:

https://www.democracynow.org/appearances/jerry_ortiz_y_pino

This was his statement in 2016 (all so prescient to read now), and there will be an equivalent one for 2020 coming out shortly. Our legislature is in session and as a committee chairman, he is quite busy with evaluating incoming legislation.

The national electoral handicappers long ago decided that Hillary Clinton would be the Democratic nominee for President in 2016. Bernie Sanders, in their view, was a dogged challenger, a long -shot; at best someone to sharpen Clinton's debate skills while we all waited for one of the Republicans to survive the free-for-all taking place on that side of the ballot.


While the results from the four early-voting states have surprised those pundits by showing Sanders to have far more appeal to voters than they had predicted, most continue to dismiss Sanders' prospects by noting his age, his small state origins, his long-held socialist economic views and his lack of big-bucks donors. The coronation of Hillary as the nominee is inevitable, in their view.


I look at those same results, though, and I see another very real possibility. Sanders has spent a long time listening to Americans' views and he knows what the answer to their concerns is, not because a team of consultants has framed one for him, but because he has honestly been listening and understanding. Bernie is for real"and I can't wait to cast a vote for him.


I have seen the polling results nationally: Sanders defeats each of the three Republican possible nominees handily--and he polls much better than Clinton does. The Establishment may have united behind Hillary, but the voters seem more excited by Sanders.


I am an unrepentant optimist when it comes to outsider challengers of the Democratic power elite. I am always a push-over for the contender who seems able to ignite the passions of the grassroots against the mainstream party hierarchy, a party apparatus which grows increasingly indistinguishable from the Republicans' own structure and soul, dependent on the same founts of corporate money, unquestioning of the military-industrial complex, paralyzed in parallel with the GOP over global warming, terrorism and income inequality.


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For me this is personally very important news. I hope this will lead to many other legislator endorsements from New Mexico.


Our legislative session is in session, so it is sometimes hard to connect with legislators, but in due course we will have a further statement for 2020 from Senator Ortiz y Pino, as well as mainstream news coverage of this breakthrough for Bernie Sanders.


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Submitted on Monday, Jan 27, 2020 at 1:24:34 AM

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I wanted to vote for Bernie in the 2016 election but New Mexico does not allow right in votes. That needs to change!

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In the meantime, you could register as a Democrat, and then vote for Bernie twice! That kind of change with our legislature would be slower than Molasses in January.

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That's the problem, I've been a democrat since 1964.I did vote for one republican in 65, G. William Whitehurst, for Rep. After 20 years in office he retired. He told me the dems and repubs were impossible to deal with.

Submitted on Tuesday, Jan 28, 2020 at 9:27:32 PM

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