In the recent election for State Representative, an incumbent named Liz Thomson has suffered the consequences of her actions that involved rude and unprofessional treatment of Dr. Joel Nitzken and Gregory Conley. She had been chairing a committee that plans to recommend legislation to ban flavors, tax vapor products like cigarettes, and regulate them to the point that it would (in effect) shut down the industry in the state.
Liz Thomson lost her re-election bid to Conrad James by just a few hundred votes on Tuesday in a district where her party has a voter registration advantage. She was campaigning and trying to back-peddle from her previous comments and actions, but the vaping community activated and was determined to take her out of the equation before the next legislative session.
In the end, the wave of discontent with her aggressive anti-vapor activity overtook her chances of re-election as vapors poured in donations from across the country to help fund her opponent. But, they also knocked on hundreds of doors, made several hundred phone calls to registered voters in her district, and educated every single customer of the vaping stores in the area about the risk of this woman continuing to hold office.
Liz’s loss not only cost her a seat in the New Mexico State House of Representatives, but it contributed to her party’s loss of the majority in that chamber. What is the fall out of this? This means that thanks to her unscientific and rabid attack on an industry with loyal customers, New Mexico will have a Republican controlled State House for the first time in about 60 years! All committee Chairman and the Speaker of the House will lose their jobs as leaders and drivers of public policy in the state, as a result.
The lesson that other politicos should heed is this…
You will NOT be successful when abusing these people for a quick headline and a bump in your popularity. In fact, you may cost yourself your job and also cost your party control of your lawmaking process.