Albuquerque – Gabe Vasquez, Democratic nominee for New Mexico's 2nd Congressional district is under scrutiny after it was reported he deleted a number of social media statements supporting extreme positions. Among his deleted statements was this position on fracking and the radical Green New Deal:
"To my fellow Dems, let's avoid playing to the R's talking points & playing on their field! It's OK to oppose fracking, OK to support the Green New Deal, OK to support Medicare for all, OK to talk about progressive immigration reform, OK to stand for what you believe. #StayStrong," wrote Vasquez in November of 2020.
Fast forward to October 2022 and Vasquez is now refusing to answer whether or not he still supports the Green New Deal.
"For Gabe Vasquez to try and hide his radical views is right out of the Joe Biden playbook. We all witnessed Joe Biden play the role of moderate when he ran for office only to declare war on American energy the minute he was sworn in, Gabe Vasquez would be no different," said Larry Behrens, Communications Director for Power The Future. "New Mexicans deserve to know that Mr. Vasquez supports the extreme Green New Deal which would cost each family over $74,000 in the first year alone. New Mexicans can't afford Gabe Vasquez's radical positions so it's no wonder he is trying to hide them."
Not long before Vasquez posted his support for the Green New Deal, Power The Future conducted a study of the proposal and found it would cost each New Mexico household over $74,000 in the first year alone. According to the Census Bureau, the per capital income in New Mexico is less than $28,000 and over 18% of the population lives in poverty.