by Jason Williams, Thu Jun 23, 2011 at 02:30:39 PM EDT
In their first endorsement for 2012, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee is backing state Senator Eric Griego in New Mexico's first district. Watch Griego's announcement.
"The last thing we need to send to Washington is a Democrat who is a kinder, gentler version of the Republicans."
New Mexico state senator Eric Griego said these words when announcing his candidacy for Congress.
And today, Eric Griego is the first House challenger of 2012 that we're officially endorsing!
Eric is one of the most progressive members of the New Mexico Senate. He won his seat after running a grassroots primary against an incumbent conservative Democrat.
He passed green jobs legislation and campaign finance reform into law. In Congress, Eric wants to create jobs through massive investment in our nation's infrastructure.
NM-1 opens up as Rep. Martin Henreich launchs a bid for retiring Senator Jeff Bingaham's seat. It's expected a few conservative Democrats are eyeing this one up, and all but confirmed that Terry Brunner, Obama USDA appointee, is in. Griego, though, sounds ready for a fight:
We need whoever goes to Washington to represent this district to be willing to roll up their sleeves and take on this conservative right wing that wants to gut everything that we hold dear... We need someone who can stand their ground!
June 30 is a key fundraising deadline and everyone will be watching the numbers. Give Griego a boost.