New Mexico woman guaranteed to win in race for U.S. Congress
Posted at: 06/06/2012 7:15 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Michelle Lujan Grisham
Now that New Mexico's primary election is history, the tightest race of that election, has evolved into a brand new contest for the general election in November.
It's the race for U.S. Congress in the state's 1st Congressional District, which includes much of the Albuquerque metro area, and you can bet the ranch on one sure thing. Any way you cut it, the next U.S. House of Representatives member from the 1st district will be a woman. It's a huge victory for estrogen in a political system that used to be dominated by testosterone.
Michelle Lujan Grisham's victory over two men in the Democratic primary is just the latest triumph for women in major political races here. Just think "Susana" as in "Governor" and you get the picture in perspective. Lujan Grisham expects a tough fight from the Republican Party.
"We can win against the odds of big money trying to play and make a difference in this race," Lujan Grisham said. "I'm ready for the challenge. I think this is a strong message to the Republican Party and the Republican agenda that we've got a brand new game in town."
The Republicans have a new game, too. Janice Arnold-Jones ran unopposed in the primary, and held a news conference in a vast and empty strip mall store Wednesday to slam Democrats on economic issues. She stepped back from the partisan race for a moment to talk about the woman thing.
"You may beat me down, you may dismiss me, and that's me or my opponent," Arnold-Jones said. "I promise you we will be back. You will not get rid of us and we will hang on. We're not gonna go away. Women do it differently, and we get it done and we do it well."