New Mexico state Sen. Eric Griego is slamming his 1st district Democratic primary opponent, Michelle Lujan Grisham, in a new TV ad set to be released today.
With less than a week to go until the primary, the ad comes in response to an attack ad Lujan Grisham leveled against Griego. Both candidates have been neck and neck in public and private polling, with former Albuquerque Mayor Marty Chavez in third place.
The Griego ad is part of a large ad buy and directs its focus to Lujan Grisham's time as director of the New Mexico Agency on Aging and as state secretary of Health. It cites a U.S. Justice Department investigation into the Fort Bayard Medical Center.
"A Justice Department investigation found patients' last days of life were spent in miserable pain," the ad's narrator says. "Eight people died in these dangerously deficient conditions. The person responsible for taking care of these seniors — Michelle Lujan Grisham."
Lujan Grisham's ad — launched Tuesday — highlighted 11 arrest warrants issued for Griego for not showing up to court for several traffic violations. "Does Griego think he's above the law? New Mexico can do better," the ad's narrator says.
The Lujan Grisham campaign said it released that ad in response to an ad from Progressive Kick, a super PAC supporting Griego, that also attacked her on seniors issues.