LAS CRUCES, NM - Dr. Gavin Clarkson, a former Trump administration official and New Mexico State University business professor released the following remarks regarding the end of the federal government shutdown this afternoon.

“All of the federal workers who were furloughed today will get their full pay. However, a bunch won't bother to show up once the government reopens, and we will still pay them to stay home in their pajamas and pretend to work. When I was at Interior, we even caught some slackers posting on Facebook or hiking the Appalachian trail while pretending to telework. The stupid idea of congressionally mandated telework with no accountability or controls came from a Democratic Congress in 2010. Southern New Mexicans will remember that Congress as the one where Democrat Harry Teague consistently failed to represent our economic interests and instead was Nancy Pelosi's lapdog. The result is billions of taxpayer dollars wasted on fraud, waste, and abuse of telework. The GAO has complained that federal agencies cannot demonstrate any benefit to the taxpayer because the deep state refuses to allow its performance (or lack thereof) to be measured. Even IBM, the inventor of the telework, has canceled its program. If you want to work for Big Blue, you have to show up to work.

“We need to make sure New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District remains in Republican hands so we don't get any more stupid ideas that rip off the taxpayer even more.

“In addition, on my first day in office, I pledge to introduce legislation to end mandatory telework for those federal employees not working remotely or on travel. If you want to work for Uncle Sam, the taxpayers should at least be able to expect you to show up to the office. In addition, my legislation will require strict monitoring, accountability, and controls on all other forms of telework. New Mexicans, and all taxpayers, deserve at least that much.”

An enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation, Dr. Gavin Clarkson resigned his post as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Economic Development -- Indian Affairs on December 29th.

In addition to holding an MBA from Rice University, Clarkson is a cum laude graduate of the Harvard Law School where he also earned his doctorate from the Harvard Business School. Named the nation’s “leading scholar in tribal finance” by The Financial Times, Clarkson has been cited by Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today on matters of tribal finance and federal Indian law, subjects he has taught at the University of Michigan, the University of Houston, and New Mexico State University.

New Mexico’s Republican primary election will take place June 5th.