By Rob Nikolewski | Capitol Report New Mexico
SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and maverick state Rep. Andy Nuñez, I-Hatch, joined forces for the past two years to try and repeal a controversial law in New Mexico that allows illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses.
But two days ago, a political action committee with ties to the Governor’s Office began circulating a negative ad, criticizing Nuñez, who is locked in a fierce re-election bid with a Democrat and a Republican in southern New Mexico.
“I’m surprised and I’m pissed,” Nuñez told Capitol Report New Mexico on Friday.
“That’s not right,” Nuñez said of the mailer distributed by Reform New Mexico Now. “If anyone helped her out in the last two years, it was me.”
Jay McCleskey, who runs Reform New Mexico Now, told the Albuquerque Journal that his organization is backing Mike Tellez, the Republican in the House District 36 race because he “believes in tax reform, education reform and also supports repealing driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants.”