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Congressional candidate sues NMSU


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Dr. Gavin Clarkson, Congressional District 2 candidate, sent the Daily Record a press release that stated that Clarkson is alleging wrongful termination on April 30, breach of contract, and creation of a hostile work environment. The release also stated he was allegedly “racial and religious discrimination because he is a conservative pro-life Christian and also an enrolled tribal member running as a Republican for Congress.”

The release also stated the Provost and the General Counsel started the process to cancel Clarkson’s leave of absence (valid until January 2020) and attempted to terminate his position days after announcing his candidacy. There was another statement in the release that said the Provost and General counsels are both “partisan Democrats.”

The release continued with a statement that the lawsuit “also alleges NMSU officials refused to turn over relevant documents for the hearing process, made demonstrably false statements under oath, and barred prior access to witnesses during the first administrative hearing that resulted in a ruling against Clarkson.”

A representative of the General Counsel’s office and Minerva Baumann, NMSU’s Media Relations Officer, said NMSU could not comment on a potential litigation.

“Without the basic due process rights that are the cornerstone of western civilization, it’s really just a kangaroo court,” Clarkson concluded. “While litigation should never be the first option, it’s the only way forward at this point to make sure justice is done in this situation, which is a transparent political hit job.”

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