WED: Torres Small Campaign Hires Former Gun Control Director, + More

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Torres Small Campaign Hires Former Gun Control Director Russell Contreras, Associated Press

A new campaign manager for Democratic U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small is facing attacks from Republicans for once working for a gun control group.

The Las Cruces Democrat recently announced that she hired Emma Caccamo to win reelection in what is expected to be a close race in southern New Mexico’s swing district.

Before working for a different U.S. Representative hopeful in Northern New Mexico, Caccamo served as deputy political director for Everytown for Gun Safety, a nonpartisan advocacy group that pushes for gun control and against gun violence.

Michael Horanburg, campaign manager for Torres Small’s Republican challenger Yvette Herrell, said the hire reeked of hypocrisy from the Democratic congresswoman who shot a rifle in 2018 campaign television ads and often reminded voters in the rural region she was a hunter.

Torres Small defeated Herrell by less than 4,000 votes in 2018 to give the seat to Democrats for the first time in years.

New Mexico And Three Other States Added To NY, NJ, CT Virus Quarantine List Marina Villeneuve, Associated Press

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has added New Mexico and three other states to New York’s quarantine list as he seeks to contain the spread of COVID-19 from regions of the country where infection rates are growing.

The addition of New Mexico, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin to the list on Tuesday means that travelers from 22 states will be required to quarantine for 14 days upon entering New York.

The list of states that meet New York’s travel advisory’s metrics has continued to grow each week as COVID-19 continues to spike nationwide. Cuomo has warned that New York’s dropping number of infections could be reversed.

Cuomo announced Monday that out-of-state travelers arriving in New York airports from the list of states face a $2,000 fine and a mandatory quarantine order for failing to fill out personal information on a tracing form that New York will use to help make sure individuals are quarantine.

Democrat Ben Ray Luján Unveils 1st US Senate TV Campaign Ad Associated Press

Democrat Ben Ray Luján has released his first television campaign ad in his bid for the U.S. Senate.

The “Voices” ad scheduled to begin airing Tuesday highlights Luján’s role as an “11th generation New Mexican” and his desire to represent rural values.

Lujan says he hears the voices of his family and generations of New Mexicans who preceded us as people in the background throw hay onto a truck. He says he has worked to keep healthcare affordable and to protect rural communities and water.

The U.S. congressman doesn’t mention his GOP opponent Mark Ronchetti nor President Donald Trump. Luján says his campaign will try to reach the state’s 33 counties through a virtual road trip.

The Santa Fe Democrat and former television weatherman Ronchetti are seeking to replace U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, who is retiring.

 Navajo Nation Reports 47 More Virus Cases, No New DeathsAssociated Press

The Navajo Nation reported 47 new cases of the coronavirus Tuesday and no additional deaths. The latest positive cases of COVID-19 on the sprawling reservation bring the total number to 8,290. The death toll remains at 401 people.

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said that while data is improving, residents need to be mindful that many towns and cities near the reservation have seen significant increases in new COVID-19 cases.

Nez says he's cautiously optimistic the recent July 4th weekend will not result in a spike of cases.

Nez said residents need to continue wearing masks, practicing social distancing and abiding by a state-at-home order. A daily curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. is in effect on weekdays.