ALBUQUERQUE – Doug Emhoff, the husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, campaigned Thursday with a Democratic congressional candidate in New Mexico, marking his first such trip on behalf of a candidate.
Emhoff told a host of union members and other supporters that Stansbury was a “serious public servant” who, if elected, could help get the Democrats’ employment plan to the president’s office. He and state Democratic Party officials admitted at the rally that Democrats have a slim margin in Congress.
“This is the critical moment. Don’t look at the polls. Don’t look at anything. Act like we’re down. There is a sense of urgency, right? He said, as he swelled the crowd and asked them to vote their friends and family members.
Biden recently endorsed Stansbury, noting her experience as a state official and scientist and saying in a statement that “she has the courage and determination to deliver real results for all new Mexicans.”
As well as being Emhoff’s first campaign trip for a candidate, it was one of his first forays into campaign politics for the Biden administration; the president and Harris have stayed away from political events since taking office. Emhoff, however, joined new Democratic National Committee chairman Jaime Harrison for his first virtual fundraiser in March.
He is also a prolific surrogate for the Biden administration, traveling frequently to sell the president’s COVID-19 relief plan and his infrastructure proposal to the American public.
Emhoff visited an indigenous community in northern New Mexico earlier this year as part of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign. On Thursday, he again touted the vaccines.
Republican candidate and state senator Mark Moores in a statement described Emhoff’s latest visit as a photo opportunity, saying he should instead have visited with local law enforcement over the persistence of crime in the heart of the neighborhood and should have spoken with the families of the victims.
Emhoff was scheduled to stop at an early voting location on Friday to wrap up his campaign momentum for Stansbury.
Although Democratic voters outnumber Republicans 2-to-1 in the district, which covers the most populous area of New Mexico, Stansbury said the race was closely watched and “everything is on the line.” She reiterated campaign pledges to fight poverty and homelessness and push for a living wage.
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