Sen. Lisa Torraco, R-Albuquerque

Sen. Lisa Torraco, R-Albuquerque

State Sen. Lisa Torraco, R-Albuquerque, on Wednesday became the first New Mexico legislator to endorse Libertarian Gary Johnson for president.

And not only did she endorse the former Republican governor of this Enchanted Land, Torraco announced that she'll be the Johnson campaign's state chairwoman.

“I am excited to join the Johnson team and send a proven New Mexico leader with Executive experience to the White House. As a New Mexican, I am proud to see that our state could play a pivotal role in deciding this election. Our voices matter deeply in deciding our nation’s most important office, and I am proud to put my voice and vote behind Gov. Johnson. New Mexico should lead the charge for the Johnson/Weld ticket.”



The news release continued:

“Good leadership is imperative to restoring our economy, and we [New Mexicans] watched first-hand as Gov. Johnson restored our economy. While governor, Johnson cut excess spending, vetoed over 750 bills and literally thousands of budget line items, and balanced our state’s budget. He succeeded for New Mexico and he can succeed for our nation.”

She didn't mention it in her press release, but another issue on which Torraco probably have some agreement is criminal justice reform. She's been a leader in the Roundhouse for trying to pass laws establishing alternatives to prison for non violent offenders.

Johnson was elected to two gubernatorial terms as a Republican, first in 1994, then in 1998. He became a Libertarian in late 2011, when he began his first presidential campaign under the Libertarian banner.

Recent polls that include Johnson show him at about 10 or 12 percent in match-ups against Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump.

Torraco, a criminal defense lawyer, is completing her first term in the Senate and is seeking re-election. Democrat Bill Tallman, a newcomer to electoral politics, is running against her.

Correction. A previous version of this story incorrectly reported that Gary Johnson became a Libertarian in 2013. He went to the party in 2011. 

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