Lonna Atkeson, a political science professor at The University of New Mexico, said the information disclosed by Nix in the complaint leaves Bushee “very exposed.”
“This seems like a lot of sour grapes to me. You’re talking about basically providing all of her campaign information into a public forum. If she’s just filing an ethics complaint about a particular contribution, then most of that doesn’t seem necessary,” Atkeson said.
For two hours, the immigrant protesters chanted outside the museum where Pearce was signing copies of his book. They criticized the Congressman for being one of several Republicans who continue to block a path to citizenship for immigrant families despite the hefty contributions they make to his district economically. They also pointed out his personal financial connections to immigrant labor.
"He has profited greatly from the oil industry, personally and politically," said Angel Escarcega, an immigrant oil worker in Lea County. "Our families help make that possible. We work hard in the fields and are vital to New Mexico's economy. Pearce says he wants us to keep working in this country, but he doesn't think we deserve to become American."
County Manager Nita Taylor reminded commissioners that at their Aug. 13 meeting, Ranger Karen Lessard presented her reasoning to remove livestock, which hinged on giving the drought-stricken area a full year without grazing to allow natural grass seed heads to mature and reseed.
"A number of permittees had a difference of opinion and contended livestock is beneficial in scattering seed," Taylor said, They complained that the period provided to remove livestock was too short to plan properly. "They are stewards of the land and should have input," she said, adding that they contend the U.S. Forest Service district did not handle the issue properly and "didn't do its part."
Earlier this year, Chris Taylor, the owner of Fisheads San Juan River Lodge, a fly-fishing guide service in Navajo Dam that also operates a restaurant and lodge, collected enough signatures to force the county to hold the election.
If voters approve the measure, to qualify for a license, 60 percent of a restaurant's gross receipts would have to come from the sale of food. Beer and wine could only be served with a meal by a waiter, and the restaurant would have to close by 11 p.m., according to the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department website.