On Monday, Ben Ray Luján appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe with Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough to discuss impeachment efforts against President Trump in the U.S. House, and about his bid for Senate.
During the interview, Luján brought up his competition, Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, who he called his “dear friend,” and the lone Republican candidate Gavin Clarkson, a former Trump appointee at the U.S. Department of the Interior and college professor.
Scarborough questioned Luján on Clarkson, asking, “Didn’t he work for Trump?” to which Luján replied Clarkson “got into a little bit of trouble, plagiarism, things of that nature, um, didn’t do so well in a statewide race a couple years ago. I don’t believe he will be the last Republican in this race. The Republican National Committee continues to do polling, I believe, and they’re trying to recruit someone out there in New Mexico to run.”
Luján is obviously trying to downplay the credentials and prominence of Gavin Clarkson in this race with debunked accusations about “plagiarism,” although Clarkson has already started with a plethora of support from around the state, in stark contrast to Luján, who has seemingly failed to grow his base much outside of his allies in the 3rd Congressional District.
Luján’s recent endorsement of impeaching President Trump, adopting a socialist-style Medicare-for-all bill, and push for the fiscally-irresponsible Green New Deal shows his desperation to go after Maggie Toulouse Oliver’s core voting base (the radical left), hence the nice pleasantries sent her way as his “dear friend.” Luján appears to be begging Oliver to go easy on him, and desperately wishing Gavin Clarkson steps out of the race. With the Congressman’s adoption of such radical policies, no wonder he is scared.
However, there is only one explanation for Luján’s downplaying of Clarkson’s candidacy: he is worried that Clarkson has a real shot to win this race against him, and he is literally begging the RNC to choose anyone else to run against him, that is if he even makes it out of the primary alive. That, mixed with Luján’s incessant campaign emails, begging for funds bring to reality how terrified Luján is, and he should be.