Who the frack is Claire Chase?

— By Aaron Cowan —

Republican U.S. House of Representatives hopeful Claire Chase is running against Xochitl Torres Small in the Southern New Mexico Second Congressional District.  However, many of us have never heard of her before she started airing pro-Trump, anti-immigrant commercials. 

It turns out that Chase, a Roswell native, currently hails from one of the wealthiest families in New Mexico. That’s right, she is married to Chance Chase, the grandson of oil Tycoon Mack Chase, whom Forbes Magazine designates as the richest man in New Mexico.

As a consequence, she is up to her well-manicured eyebrows in oil and gas, having served as chairman of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association, and as a registered lobbyist for the industry. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that she is not a fan of the Green New Deal, or environmentalists in general, but is a big fan of fracking like crazy. 

That is even less surprising when you consider that she worked as a policy advisor to Steve Pearce, who most recently lost big to Michelle Lujan-Grisham, after stepping down from his Senate seat.  Before that, she also interned for former Republican Senator Pete Dominici.

She is unlikely to do anything to curb gun violence, spouting the NRA party line. Interestingly, even Donald Trump supports red-flag gun laws, but not Claire Chase, especially when she is raising money for her campaign.  Despite being part of a family with a net worth of $900 million, she doesn’t seem to want to use her own money.

Claire is undeniably a New Mexican, albeit a very privileged one, having attended private schools like NMMI, and serving on NMSU’s equestrian team.  So she is about as different from the average New Mexico as you can get.  So the impression that she is just one of the common folks could not be further from the truth.  That will be even more true when her 88-year-old sugar daddy, Mack Chase, invariably passes.

No wonder she wants a big wall built at government expense to keep poor people away from her property.

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