Hail Mary Pass Desperate Tactic

With just four days left until New Mexico’s Democratic primary election, Michelle Lujan Grisham’s rivals for the nomination intensified their criticism of her accusing her of profiting from ties to a company that has a state contract to help run New Mexico’s high-risk insurance pool and exerting her political influence to keep the pool in operation.

They are going so far as to demand that she drop out of the race.

What is laughable about the criticism is that Lujan Grisham is no longer financially involved in the company that is the subject of the criticism.

You can read the entire article here.


The Congresswoman defended her work with the company as a critical way to help New Mexicans who have been denied health care coverage.

Further, when she was first elected to congress, and before she divested her interest in the company, the U.S. House Ethics Committee reviewed her ownership interest and the panel found her to be in compliance with House ethics rules.

For many years and long before she ever went to congress, Congresswoman Lujan Grisham Lujan has been a strong advocate of health care coverage for the poor and repeatedly supported Obama Care.


This is what you call a political Hail Mary pass made 30 seconds left in the game.

The problem is that the score is not even going to be close and it is more for show when a “blowout” is inevitable.

Just a few days ago the Albuquerque Journal released its one and only poll in the Democratic party primary race.

You can read the full Albuquerque Journal article on the poll here:


The results of the poll are as follows

Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Gisham: 57%
Las Cruces State Senator Joe Cervantes: 9%
Albuquerque Businessman Jeff Apodaca: 15%



Michelle Lujan Grisham Lujan began her quest very early, has done her homework and clearly the most qualified candidate for Governor.

Both Cervantes and Apodaca are basically attacking Lujan Grisham hoping to try get the lion’s share of the 19% undecided, but to win the nomination they need to cut into her commanding lead, which is not at all likely and not with these type of tactics which are so easily refuted.

Michelle Grisham Lujan is extremely well like not only in Bernalillo County but throughout the state.

The attacks come four days before the election where 25% of the vote has already been cast because of early voting.

Another problem is the hail mary pass is being made to the next team up for the championship.

Steave Pearce no doubt is enjoying every minute and taking notes.

Democrats are our own worst enemy when we spend money infighting such as this and can wind up benefiting the opposition in November.

I do not think the New Mexico Democratic Party is ever going to realize it could win every election if it would only start putting the greater need above personal agendas.

As the saying goes, Democrats elect Republicans when they do not vote.

I am beginning to hear that the Pearce strategy, in characteristic style, will now be to go “Trump” ala “Crooked Hillary” on the Congresswoman because Pearce cannot even come close to her credentials, talents and abilities.

What is very troubling is that Republican nominee Steve Pearce has a huge cash advantage that will be used to smear Michelle Lujan Grisham.

Pearce as lone GOP candidate running for governor has spent little for the primary as a result.

Pearce has more than $1.9 million in his campaign war chest and has received huge donations from oil industry executives, and you can expect that there will be more.


Lujan Grisham has spent more than $3.2 million since entering the governor’s race in December 2016.

It is now being reported she has nearly $1.1 million in her campaign account, which is $800,000 short of what Steve Pearce has for the general election.

New Mexico voters will make another big mistake against their own best interests making Steve Pearce Governor and he will be even worse that Governor Susana Martinez.

Pearce will have his own problems with his defense and blind loyalty of President Donald Trump as I have outline in this blog article from earlier this year.


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Pete Dinelli was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is of Italian and Hispanic descent. He is a 1970 graduate of Del Norte High School, a 1974 graduate of Eastern New Mexico University with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and a 1977 graduate of St. Mary's School of Law, San Antonio, Texas. Pete has a 40 year history of community involvement and service as an elected and appointed official and as a practicing attorney in Albuquerque. Pete and his wife Betty Case Dinelli have been married since 1984 and they have two adult sons, Mark, who is an attorney and George, who is an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Pete has been a licensed New Mexico attorney since 1978. Pete has over 27 years of municipal and state government service. Pete’s service to Albuquerque has been extensive. He has been an elected Albuquerque City Councilor, serving as Vice President. He has served as a Worker’s Compensation Judge with Statewide jurisdiction. Pete has been a prosecutor for 15 years and has served as a Bernalillo County Chief Deputy District Attorney, as an Assistant Attorney General and Assistant District Attorney and as a Deputy City Attorney. For eight years, Pete was employed with the City of Albuquerque both as a Deputy City Attorney and Chief Public Safety Officer overseeing the city departments of police, fire, 911 emergency call center and the emergency operations center. While with the City of Albuquerque Legal Department, Pete served as Director of the Safe City Strike Force and Interim Director of the 911 Emergency Operations Center. Pete’s community involvement includes being a past President of the Albuquerque Kiwanis Club, past President of the Our Lady of Fatima School Board, and Board of Directors of the Albuquerque Museum Foundation.