4/10/18 Women, and middle aged and older Hispanic men, want to know that Damon Martinez is a former U.S. Attorney who was fired by Trump for doing the right thing 1. They want to see (and to a lesser extent read and hear) about his work standing up for New Mexico’s environment, and women in particular want to know about his experience fighting for women’s rights.
Damon Martinez was fired by Trump for doing the right thing standing up for New Mexico’s environment. As U.S. Attorney, Damon Martinez protected New Mexico’s environment. He took on Chevron Mining and held them accountable for dumping millions of tons of acid-generating waste rock into our soil 2. Damon forced them to pay $143 million in clean up costs - the largest settlement of its kind for cleanup work in the region. 3 4
Damon Martinez was fired by Trump for doing the right thing and standing up for women. Damon Martinez has spent his career fighting for women. As U.S. Attorney, he exposed problems at the University of New Mexico in their reporting and handling of sexual assault cases 8 9. His investigation led to substantive changes in the school’s handling of sexual assault cases for both students and faculty, giving victims access to resources and support so that they could seek justice 10 11. He has prosecuted dozens of domestic violence cases and specifically took on domestic violence in Native American Country 12 13. In Congress, Damon will be an advocate for women, fight for equal pay, and ensure that women have access to essential health care services, including reproductive care.
Damon Martinez was fired by Trump for doing the right thing on reducing gun violence. Damon has a history of being a leader on gun reform. As U.S. Attorney, he took hundreds of illegal guns off the streets and out of the hands of criminals 6 7. As a staffer for Senator Jeff Bingaman, who has endorsed him, he worked on legislation to ban assault weapons. In Congress, Damon will hold the gun manufacturers accountable by repealing legislation that allows them to be shielded from liability. He’ll also ban bump stocks, expand background checks, and keep guns away from domestic violence abusers.
Damon Martinez was fired by Trump for doing the right thing on the opioid epidemic - one of the underlying causes of crime and violence. As U.S. Attorney, Damon launched an initiative to reduce heroin and opioid abuse through education and rehabilitation 5. He channeled resources to treatment options and support for victims and families, while also prosecuting drug lords and criminals who fueled the opioid epidemic that destroyed so many communities. In Congress, Damon would continue those efforts.