Well, it’s official. Two members of the state’s congressional delegation are running for governor, and given their name recognition, proven political acumen, and hefty Rolodexes of supporters/volunteers/donors, it’s likely that Democratic Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Republican Rep. Steve Pearce will win their parties’ nominations.
The best way to predict how the two would govern New Mexico is to examine the way they vote in Washington. So here’s a quick look at how Lujan Grisham and Pearce scored on the latest ratings tabulated by four limited-government organizations (0 is worst, 100 is best):
The Club for Growth “is a national network of over 100,000 pro-growth, limited government Americans who share in the belief that prosperity and opportunity come from economic freedom.”
The National Taxpayers Union works “to achieve favorable legislative outcomes using the most powerful, effective pro-taxpayer lobbying team on Capitol Hill and in the states.”
Citizens Against Government Waste‘s “mission is to eliminate waste, mismanagement, and inefficiency in the federal government.”
FreedomWorks is “over 6 million Americans” who “all share three common traits: a desire for less government, lower taxes, and more economic freedom.”
As the four organizations’ vote-tracking indicates, Lujan Grisham and Pearce have profoundly different notions about the proper role of government, and if they are the major-party nominees, voters will have a very clear contrast. But remember that politicians can be unpredictable. Ohio Republican John Kasich, once a vocal budget hawk in Congress, is now a Medicaid-expansion-loving governor. And last year, a glowing profile in The Wall Street Journal (“An Island of Rationality in Blue-State New England”) praised Rhode Island’s Gina Raimondo, a Democrat, for pushing regulatory reform and tax cuts.