This coming Tuesday, June 7 is Primary Election Day here in New Jersey. Politics is a tough sport. Even when competitors play by the rules, as in football or mixed marital arts, undoubtedly some will get hurt and injured. Politics at times might lead to slander, false accusations, and betrayal. As Christians, we should reject lies, not disseminate them. Sadly, I am reminded of a scripture that can easily be applied to our modern political moment.
These six things the Lord hates,
Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
A proud look,
A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,
A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that are swift in running to evil,
A false witness who speaks lies,
And one who sows discord among brethren.
Biblical principles apply in all areas of life – including politics and government. A person running to serve in elected office should possess a communication and leadership style that reflects your core Christian values. A true public servant is a person who demonstrates a respectful engagement on the issues, inspires hope, and presents themselves in a professional God-honoring manner.
We must also not overlook the electability of the person in a general election. If we are to have the ability to protect Life and guard against the continual erosion of parental and religious rights, we need to help elect people who can win in November. The threat between your values and the agenda of the radical Left in our country is much greater in the general election than in the primary.
I encourage you to view the New Jersey congressional endorsements from our national allies Family Research Council Action and the National Right to Life Victory Fund. These two prominent organizations have first-hand experience in fighting for Life, Religious Freedom, and the traditional Family in Congress.
Are you ready for this? Only one member of Congress nationwide was listed on their websites as endorsed by both organizations in the 2022 primary – New Jersey’s own Rep. Chris Smith (R – District 4, Ocean and Monmouth Counties).
That is why I never give up hope that New Jersey can come back from the abyss and once more be a social conservative state.
Protecting your family,
By Vince Torres, President & Executive Director
Are we witnessing the purge of all moderate Democrats in New Mexico politics?
That is the question I found myself asking following the results of last Tuesday’s primary election. The big story of the night was the defeat of several incumbent Democratic Senators to progressive challengers, forcing a shakeup in the leadership and political makeup of the New Mexico Senate heading into 2021. Among the defeated were two of the most powerful and senior members of the Senate – Senate President Pro-Tempore, Mary Kay Papen, and Senate Finance Committee Chairman, John Arthur Smith – who have a combined 50 years of legislative service.
As you may recall, Senators Papen and Smith were two of the eight Democrats who voted against the abortion up-to-birth bill, House Bill 51, in 2019. Also falling to progressive challengers last Tuesday were pro-life Democratic Senators Richard Martinez, Clemente Sanchez, and Gabriel Ramos. Together, these five Senators, along with a few others, have long represented the more traditional, moderate wing of the Democratic party, including those Democrats who are pro-faith, pro-life, and pro-family. Following the primary election, however, the future of the moderate Democrat in New Mexico politics is uncertain; and having been raised by a traditional northern New Mexico Democratic family, this concerns me greatly.
For my family, “politics” is not only a regular discussion topic at gatherings. “Politics” is part of our lives and our family legacy. My great-grandfather served as the New Mexico State Auditor and Land Commissioner during the 60s, 70s, and 80s, and my grandmother served in former-Governor Bruce King’s administration. Needless to say, much has changed since then and I suspect my great-grandfather, who won three statewide elections, would not survive the progressive-dominated Democratic Party of today. In fact, in 1979, while serving as Land Commissioner, my great-grandfather famously installed an oil pump jack in front of the state land office to pay tribute to the contributions of the oil industry to New Mexico’s economy – an act that would certainly ruffle the far-left today.
At a time when many Democrats have elected to “walk away” from the Democratic Party, I have been encouraged by those who have tried to “take it back,” including some close, personal friends. Some of them were candidates in last week’s primary; but sadly, almost all were unsuccessful. The progressive establishment, loaded with out-of-state cash from the abortion industry and other radical groups, pumped exorbitant amounts of money into Democratic races across New Mexico to purchase the votes needed to advance their radical agenda.
Are we witnessing the purge of all moderate Democrats in New Mexico politics? Absolutely.
But more important, are we witnessing the purge of our traditional New Mexico values – values of faith, family, and freedom? Yes, we are.
In a general election, our vote is often simplified as a decision between one party or another, or one candidate over another. Recent events, however, lead me to believe that the 2020 election will be much more significant than that – that come November, we will not simply be choosing between mere parties or candidates, but between dangerous progressive policies and our traditional New Mexico values.
The good news is, we all still have a voice and a choice when it comes to the future of our state.
Did you know that there are over 100 contested races for the 112 seats in the New Mexico Senate and House of Representatives? Did you know that the balance of power is up for grabs and with pro-life majorities in both chambers, we can not only STOP House Bill 51 again, but actually PASS pro-life legislation?
Friends: this is the year to vote values over party and to support candidates who will defend the unborn, strengthen families, and protect our First Amendment rights. In the coming months, we will let you know who those men and women are, and with your support, we will help usher in new leadership and direction for our state in 2021.
New Mexico is on the wrong track. We have been for some time. But be encouraged.
November is coming.
The 2020 New Mexico Primary Election has come and gone, and though some local races remain too close to call, we have updated results for you in nearly all contested races for the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House, and the New Mexico Legislature.
The big story of election night was the progressive wave which successfully targeted and defeated several incumbent Senate Democrats. As of this email, five of the seven moderate Democrats in the New Mexico Senate have either lost their bids for re-election or are trailing their progressive challengers. Should the current numbers hold, we may be witnessing the end of the traditional Democrat in New Mexico politics as the Democratic Party moves further and further to the left.
ELECTION RESULTS (contested races only)
WINNER: Mark Ronchetti
Ronchetti will face off against Democratic Congressman Ben Ray Lujan and Libertarian Bob Walsh in the November General Election.
U.S. House of Representatives
District 1 – Republican
WINNER: Michelle Garcia Holmes
Jared Vander Dussen
Garcia Holmes will face off against incumbent Congresswoman Deb Haaland in the November General Election.
District 2 – Republican
WINNER: Yvette Herrell
Herrell will face off against incumbent Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small in the November General Election.
District 3 – Republican
STILL COUNTING VOTES
Alexis Johnson (currently leading)
District 3 – Democrat
WINNER: Teresa Leger Fernandez
New Mexico State Senate
District 3 – Democrat
WINNER: Sen. Shannon Pinto
District 4 – Democrat
WINNER: Sen. George Munoz
District 5 – Democrat
Sen. Richard Martinez
UNOFFICIAL WINNER: Leo Jaramillo
District 8 – Democrat
UNOFFICIAL WINNER: Sen. Pete Campos
District 9 – Democrat
WINNER: Brenda McKenna
District 9 – Republican
WINNER: John Clark
Tania Arletha Dennis
District 10 – Democrat
WINNER: Katy Duhigg
District 17 – Democrat
WINNER: Sen. Mimi Stewart
District 19 – Republican
UNOFFICIAL WINNER: Rep. Gregg Schmedes
Sen. James White
District 20 – Democrat
WINNER: Martin Hickey
District 20 – Republican
WINNER: John Morton
District 28 – Democrat
WINNER: Siah Hemphill
Sen. Gabriel Ramos
District 30 – Democrat
WINNER: Pamela Cordova
Sen. Clemente Sanchez
District 30 – Republican
WINNER: Joshua Sanchez
District 31- Democrat
WINNER: Sen. Joseph Cervantes
District 33 – Republican
WINNER: Sen. Bill Burt
District 35 – Democrat
WINNER: Neomi Martinez Parra
Sen. John Arthur Smith
District 36 – Republican
WINNER: Kimberly Skaggs
District 38 – Democrat
WINNER: Carrie Hamblen
Sen. Mary Kay Papen
District 39 – Republican
STILL COUNTING VOTES
Joey Tiano (currently leading)
District 41 – Republican
Sen. Gregg Fulfer
WINNER: Rep. David Gallegos
New Mexico State House
District 13 – Democrat
WINNER: Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero
Edwina Pina Cisneros
District 14 – Democrat
WINNER: Rep. Miguel Garcia
District 17 – Democrat
WINNER: Rep. Deborah Armstrong
Laura Lucero y Ruiz De Gutierrez
District 20 – Democrat
WINNER: Meredith Dixon
District 23 – Republican
WINNER: Ellis McMath
District 27 – Democrat
WINNER: Rep. Marian Matthews
District 27 – Republican
WINNER: Robert Godshall
District 34 – Democrat
WINNER: Rep. Raymundo Lara
District 40 – Democrat
WINNER: Roger Montoya
District 42 – Democrat
UNOFFICIAL WINNER: Kristina Ortez
District 42 – Republican
STILL COUNTING VOTES
Linda Calhoun (currently leading)
District 45 – Democrat
STILL COUNTING VOTES
Linda Serrato (currently leading)
District 50 – Democrat
Rebecca King Spindle
UNOFFICIAL WINNER: Rep. Matthew McQueen
District 61 – Republican
WINNER: Randall Pettigrew
District 65 – Democrat
WINNER: Rep. Derrick Lente
District 70 – Democrat
STILL COUNTING VOTES
Ambrose Castellano (currently leading)
As I shared with you last week in “Are We Stuck in a House of Cards America?”, winning an election doesn’t matter for the sake of winning an election. When our preferred candidate wins an election, the real winning is what happens when those good elected leaders work tirelessly to pass strong prolife, pro-family, pro-religious freedom laws that build a nation where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished. Now that is what we call winning.
That’s also why I want to share with you the story of what you helped bring about in primary elections across the country.
But first—what is a primary election anyway, and why does it matter?
Too often, many of us—myself included—have voted only in the general election in November, and maybe only then if it’s a big presidential election year. But the truth is, sometimes the biggest difference can be made in the primary election, especially at the state level.
This is because primary elections are where the members of the major political parties, Democrats and Republicans, select a candidate who best represents their values for that district. The winner will go on to the general election in November. Primary elections are why many in the Democratic party, for example, are seeing more and more of their candidates with socialistic ideas—because those candidates are being selected at the primary level in districts that tend to lean Democratic. On the other hand, many Republicans are seeing candidates called “RINOs,” or Republicans In Name Only. These candidates claim membership in the Republican party but reject some of the platform’s key components, such as being prolife.
In other words, if we want to see more conservative, prolife, pro-family leaders represent us, then we need to vote for the more conservative, prolife, pro-family candidate in whichever party we belong to in the primary election. Primary elections are why it’s also helpful to belong to a party—so that you can vote in the primary election and send the more conservative candidate onto the November election. In many states, you must declare a political party in order to vote in that party’s primary election.
Now onto the great results you helped achieve in the 2018 primary elections, which just concluded this week!
Your partnership with Family Policy Alliance helped 39 stronger pro-family candidates win critical primary elections in 8 different states.
To influence these 39 races, we communicated with voters nearly 850,000 times through knocking on doors, phone calls, email, targeted digital ads, and good old snail mail!
I can’t thank you enough for making the country, state-by-state, more conservative and family-centered by voting for the more conservative pro-family candidate in these key races!
I now want to share with you two examples of how your involvement in the primary election is writing a new story in two different states.
9 votes. We often hear “well my one vote doesn’t matter anyway.” And, it’s easy to think that when you consider the large number of voters in your state, and certainly in the country. But a race in Kansas was won by only 9 votes!
Our ally in Kansas, Family Policy Alliance of Kansas, identified five key primary races there. In these five races, the incumbent Republican legislators had voted against one of the biggest wins for religious freedom from this year—a simple law that ensures that faith-based adoption agencies can continue to run their ministries in a way that aligns with their faith. The law is necessary because groups like the ACLU are trying to shut down Christian and other adoption agencies that believe children do best when placed with a married mom and dad—leaving birth moms and children with less opportunities and choices
Family Policy Alliance of Kansas, with the help of pro-family Kansans, helped the pro-religious freedom candidate win in 4/5 of those races! Candidate Paul Waggoner was one of those winners—he’s the candidate who won by 9 votes. That means that because nine people showed up to vote in the primary election, Kansans in that district will now have the chance to elect someone in November who will stand strong for them on religious freedom.
And in Georgia, our ally Family Policy Alliance of Georgia supported three primary candidates who were attacked by business associations in the state for supporting religious freedom and other pro-family legislation. Business associations spent big money to try to defeat these good legislators, and no other pro-family groups in Georgia stood up to support these four candidates.
Despite well-funded opposition, all four won their primary elections! Two of these legislators attended our sister Foundation’s Statesmen Academy training program for Christian legislators, and we know that all four will go on to lead the way with pro-family policies in Georgia.
So thank you for supporting pro-family candidates in the primary elections!
And congratulations to all those who now head to the November 6th general election!
We ask now that you prepare for November 6th. We saw many good candidates achieve victory in the primaries. Now we need these pro-family candidates to carry that momentum into November 6th, winning their elections, so that we can go on to see the real winning—where these leaders will pass policies that restore an America where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished.
Make sure you know who your candidates are and where your polling place is.
If you’d like to help pro-family candidates win on November 6th in 60 different critical races, state and federal, across the country please consider giving to rally pro-family voters—and right now your gift will be DOUBLED up to $130,000!
For winning what really matters,
Vice President of Strategy