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Thursday, October 04, 2007

Udall Nixes Senate Run, Joe Wilson Supports Wiviott

I have it on very good authority that, after serious consideration, Rep. Tom Udall has decided NOT to run for Pete Domenici's Senate seat. I hear that he said it point blank.

Meanwhile, former Ambassador Joe Wilson publicly expressed his support for fellow Santa Fean Don Wiviott's Senate candidacy while being interviewed on the Ed Schultz show today. By the way, Wiviott was very impressive at our DFA-DFNM Meetup tonight and won many converts who were originally of the opinion that we need a "name" candidate in this race. Was Ned Lamont a "name" candidate when he almost demolished Lieberman? I see many similarities here. All about crashing the gate....

October 4, 2007 at 11:48 PM in 2008 NM Senate Race | Permalink


Ned Lamont lost.

Posted by: Dave | Oct 5, 2007 9:17:32 AM

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Tom Udall, D-N.M., issued the following statement today announcing his intentions to remain an appropriator in the majority of U.S. House of Representatives. Udall believes that is where he can best serve New Mexico and our nation:

“I know all New Mexicans and Americans join me in saluting the career and accomplishments of Senator Pete Domenici. His service to our nation has been remarkable, and we wish him and his family our best.

“The election to replace Sen. Domenici in 2008 will be a tough one but I have every reason to believe I could win it. I also believe, however, that as I continue to gain in seniority in the House, assume more of a leadership role, assert my authority on the Appropriations committee and pass significant legislation like my bill to promote renewable energy, I am in the right place to serve New Mexico and the country.

“As a member of the House I have consistently stood up against the war in Iraq, against infringements on our Constitutional rights, and against favors for the special interests. I believe the House of Representatives, the “people’s house,” can fix the mess the administration has gotten us into. I want to stay in the House and do just that.

Udall was appointed at the start of the 110th Congress to the House Committee on Appropriations, which is responsible for setting all House expenditure levels for the federal government. His three subcommittee assignments include the Subcommittee on Interior and Environment Appropriations, the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and the Subcommittee on Legislative Branch.

Posted by: Querque | Oct 5, 2007 9:28:36 AM

Ned Lamont won the Democratic nomination in CT. Entrenched Senator Sleazy Joe Lieberman ran as an "Independent Democrat" and won because people didn't want to lose his bring home the bacon clout.

The point is that Lamont invigorated the party, won the nomination and even strengthened the antiwar movement nationally. He was an excellent candidate, garnered national attention and support and successfully challenged the deadened Democratic Party in CT and beyond. He showed what a passionate, determined and well organized candidate from outside the business as usual political crowd can do.

Patricia Madrid is a "name" candiate with lots of political experience. You saw what she did last time out. You might say she was less than inspiring in her campaigning.

Posted by: | Oct 5, 2007 11:09:05 AM

Madrid was a good candidate. If she would have been the candidate that won her the State Attorney General races then she would have won the Congressional Seat. However, she became an ultra liberal and listened to the wrong people and therefore lost! People are respectful of Sen. Domenici and for good reasons. I hear all this talk about "real" Democrats. That is garbage. Those that say "real" Democrats should go back to being "real" Greens!

Posted by: Westside Voter | Oct 5, 2007 11:19:00 AM

I am responding to "Westside Voter". Madrid was barely a centrist not a "Liberal" and certainly not an "Ultra Liberal". Let's drop the labels and talk about the issues. Madrid was afraid to stand up for bringing our soldiers home and several of the other issues that the Democrats of New Mexico supported. This made it hard for her to get enough votes to win the election. The New Mexico Democratic Party Pre-Primary Convention was filled with these "Ultra Liberals" who voted almost unanimously to Impeach Bush yet she and the Democrats in Congress are still running away from that issue.

The people, and particularly New Mexico Democrats, want Bush Impeached, the war ended, universal single-payer health care coverage, and serious action taken to respond to the dangers of global warming. I know this because I worked on the party resolutions prior to the 2006 election and I reminded Madrid constantly that she was trying to campaign far right of the party.

We are Democrats and we are Liberal. Liberal is NOT a bad word! Liberal is the opposite of the mess our country is in now!

Posted by: Terry Riley | Oct 5, 2007 3:59:09 PM

Patricia Madrid is liberal on most important issues especially when it comes to ending the war in Iraq.

The upper-most concern is to get a Dem in that Senate seat to end the war. Dems need more Senators to pad that oh so slim margin of power.

It is imperative that a Dem take that seat in the Senate to start building the seniority required to give our state some clout when it comes time for federal largess and favor.

The inevitable decline and loss of Dominici's power in the senate was more devastating than we can imagine.

The Dems are ascendant so this State must put a Dem in that seat of power.

Posted by: qofdisks | Oct 5, 2007 10:57:46 PM

Gofdisks what are you saying? Largess and favor!
Is that as she said in the historical answer in the debate for CD1....remember...yes buying access. IMO Madrid was a horrible candidate and her campaign was run badly, she is a bad orrator, she is impersonal, she is an insider, and BTW where has she been?

Posted by: constituent | Oct 6, 2007 10:18:09 AM

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