Pete Domenici retired in 2009 as the last Republican US Senator elected in New Mexico. The conservative Republican, Steven Pearce, lost to Tom Udall in 2008. The pro-choice moderate Republican, Heather Wilson lost to Martin Heinrich in 2012. Perhaps third time is charm and the constitutional conservative, David Clements can win in 2014.
Clements, a 33-year-old assistant district attorney and self-described “constitutional conservative,” is a novice to politics. He’s also part of a group of libertarians who, after months of on-the-ground planning, swarmed the Dona Ana County Republican Party (DARP) convention this past spring. You can read the rest of the details by reporter Joey Peters of the Santa Fe Reporter here.
David Clements has a Facebook page that indicates how much he has been traveling around New Mexico to visit universities, radio stations, County GOP groups, and other organizations to get his message out. He’s not resting on the success in Dona Ana County because he knows it’s necessary to rally and appeal to a larger audience.
Beating the incumbent Senate Democrat in the November 2014 election would be a major victory for the GOP, but first Clements will have to best other Republicans in the June primary. No other Republican has announced, but there will be an establishment moderate. To do that, he’ll have to overcome the notion that his perspective is out of the mainstream for conservatives. In response to that notion Clements replies
It’s what the Republican Party used to look like, period.
Below is David Clements formal announcement of his bid for U.S.Senate on October 15, 2013 and some of his recent quotes. If you believe that Ted Cruz and Mike Lee need reinforcements that will fight with them instead of against them, and you’re moved to help David Clements join them, then here is his website.
REPUBLICAN DAVID K. CLEMENTS ANNOUNCES BID FOR U.S. SENATE
LAS CRUCES, NM – Assistant District Attorney and Dona Ana Republican Party Chairman David K. Clements officially announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate today after months of traveling the state and visiting with grassroots conservatives.
“With our government’s refusal to live within its means, we have a 17 trillion dollar debt and are on the brink of economic ruin. And with Washington, D.C. unable to escape the reality of its continued failures, an all out assault on our economic and civil liberties has begun.”
Advancing free market policies that allow small businesses to create jobs, balancing the federal budget, and fighting to preserve the privacy rights of New Mexicans will be the focus of Clements’ candidacy.
“As an attorney, I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution—an oath I take seriously. Career politicians like Senator Udall have disregarded that same oath and have created a culture of dependency in New Mexico,” Clements added. “By restraining the federal government, we empower people to look within themselves to create opportunity and achieve greatness. I grew up in a lower-class family, and am still fighting for the American dream. I’m tired of Washington D.C. elites taking our hard earned money, and trying to convince us that we are helpless without their involvement in every aspect of our lives. Enough is enough.”
About Clements: A constitutional conservative and economics enthusiast, Clements is a father and a husband who is worried about the future of this great country. David K. Clements and wife Erin raise their son Roland in Las Cruces, but also spend time at their family ranch in Nara Visa. Clements received his degree in Kinesiology from New Mexico State University and his law degree from the University of New Mexico. With a background in law, health and wellness, and economics, Clements can address issues that are important to the people of New Mexico.
I want to tell people the truth and let them make up their own minds. I don’t want to win if I have to tell people what they want to hear, as opposed to the truth.
We’ve created a system where it’s not really capitalism. It’s not someone who has to suffer the consequences of bad work and harming their consumers.
Article 1, Section 8 of our Constitution specifically lists only eighteen areas of human behavior over which the Congress can legislate, which the president can enforce, and the courts may interpret. Those areas involve supporting an army and navy, establishing rules of naturalization, regulating interstate and foreign commerce, coining money, and establishing post offices and courts. All other areas of human behavior that the Natural Law allows governments to regulate was retained by the states. It is absurd to think that our Founding Fathers pledged their lives, careers, and reputations to create a federal government which regulates the amount of water in your toilet and the types of light bulbs you use.