Alan Webber is taking on the Koch-backed Rio Grande Foundation in a debate – and you can join us

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The Koch brothers-funded Rio Grande Foundation is in the business to promote ALEC messaging that promotes policies putting big business profits before working families.  So its no surprise that they are pretty impressed with Susana Martinez’s economic record.

We have to disagree, and thankfully so does our friend Alan Webber. Alan and the Rio Grande Foundation’s Paul Gessing have been debating each other on the op-ed pages of the Albuquerque Journal for months (see below).   Now they are debating in person – and Alan has generously decided to help out ProgressNowNM in the process.

Reserve your seat now for this Duel in the Desert Monday September 8th in ABQ…

Dear Friends,

So, how’s New Mexico’s economy been treating you?

In late June, I wrote an oped in the Albuquerque Journal in response to Republican State Rep. Nate Gentry, who’d been touting Governor Martinez’s “incredible” record on the economy.

Not everyone appreciated my critique. Paul Gessing from the Rio Grande Foundation came back with a responseby saying, “Another day, another attack by a liberal Democrat levied against Gov. Martinez on the economy.”

Well, I couldn’t let that strike go unanswered and so I came back with this response and ended by challenging him to a debate.

He accepted and now we’re taking our jabs from the paper to a public duel next month.

Join us on Monday, September 8, 2014 from 6pm-7:30pm in Albuquerque at the South Broadway Cultural Center (1025 Broadway Blvd. SE) for a forum between Paul Gessing and me on the New Mexico economy.Tickets are $5 to benefit either ProgressNowNM or the Rio Grande Foundation (your choice).  I hope to see you there.


Alan Webber

P.S. And if you can’t make it in person, please send a contribution to ProgressNow NM—they could use your support!