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Thursday, September 01, 2011

Guest Blog by Martin Heinrich: Votes Heather Wilson Hopes You Won't Remember

MartinHeinrich This is a guest blog by Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate Martin Heinrich

Senate candidate Heather Wilson left more than a few important facts out of her recent attack in the Albuquerque Journal. Most importantly she failed to mention her 11-year track record in Congress. 

Perhaps most outrageous, is Wilson’s pretend indignity over government spending. During her time in office, former Congresswoman Heather Wilson was all for taking out loans to fight two wars and pay for an unfunded prescription drug program. At the same time, she voted for tax breaks for the richest Americans and a taxpayer-funded Wall Street bailout.

Here are a few of the highlights from her tenure as your U.S. representative that she hopes you won’t remember:

  • As one of her final acts as a congresswoman, Wilson voted for a bill that gave a historic bailout to the Wall Street CEO’s who crashed our economy. Her support for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) allowed the Treasury Department to buy up to $700 billion in troubled assets.
  • Wilson voted to max out our nation’s credit card on costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Data from the non-partisan CBO show that Republican-Bush policies on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and new defense policies cost $1.469 trillion dollars.
  • Wilson voted for the unfunded Bush tax cuts for the ultra-rich, adding over $700 billion to the deficit over the long term. We’ve seen that Wilson’s approach to taking care of special interests and ignoring the interests of New Mexico’s middle class families has proven ineffective at stimulating job growth.
  • In 2003, Wilson voted for the Medicare Part D program that gave billions of dollars to pharmaceutical companies and health care giants by not allowing Medicare to negotiate cheaper drugs for seniors. This unfunded prescription drug program costs U.S. taxpayers about $55 billion annually, paid for completely through deficit spending.

What’s more, is the irony that while Wilson focuses on earning the support of the Tea Party and playing an armchair political quarterback, she refuses to say whether she would vote for the House GOP's budget that guts Medicare. Perhaps we’ve only scratched the surface on her extreme agenda.

In the months to come, we'll surely have some tough choices to make—but going back to Heather Wilson’s devastating policies that put us in this mess in the first place isn't one of them.

America is too great a nation to cast aside our values as we face hardship. I’ll continue working to reduce the deficit but not on the backs of New Mexico seniors or the middle class. We must end the Bush tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires, strengthen Medicare and Social Security, and accelerate our commitments to bring the troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan. The path forward is one that focuses on creating jobs and puts the American middle class family first.

This is a guest blog by Martin Heinrich.

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September 1, 2011 at 01:07 PM in 2012 NM Senate Race, Heather Wilson, Rep. Martin Heinrich (NM-01) | Permalink


Wow! Wish I were in NM. I'm trying to get back home. I'd love to vote against Heather again. She's done too much damage already - Best wishes, Martin - Sherril

Posted by: sherrilsws@gmail.com | Sep 2, 2011 1:08:02 AM

yes, we know Heather is no good.

Martin, please tell us your views on equity related to gay marriage. Specifically, do you support gay marriage?

Posted by: Lou | Sep 2, 2011 8:00:03 AM

Lou, it's on the record that both Martin Heinrich and Hector Balderas support marriage equality for same-sex couples.

Posted by: barb | Sep 2, 2011 10:15:54 AM

Apparently in 2008 Heinrich stated that he was NOT supportive of gay marriage.


I would like Heinrich to clarify his position.

Posted by: Lou | Sep 2, 2011 12:47:11 PM

Yeah, that was the accepted position for Dems in 08. Most of them said the same thing. Many are saying something else now in 2011 as things have changed dramatically:

Gay marriage
Heinrich's position on gay marriage has changed since he first ran for Congress.

In 2008, Heinrich stated, "I am not supportive of gay marriage, but I do believe that everybody in the United States has the same civil rights in front of the government. So I think it's important that civil rights that are available to heterosexual couples should be available to every single gay couple who also wants to make the same sort of commitments."[17]

Heinrich was an original cosponsor of Congressman Jerry Nadler's 2009 legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.[18]

After his 2012 Senate primary opponent, Hector Balderas, announced his support for gay marriage[17], Heinrich's staff released a statement to the New Mexico Independent newspaper stating, "Martin has supported gay marriage for some time. I just don't think he was asked about it. Thanks for asking!"[19].


Heinrich has been a strong supporter of LGBT rights in the Congress.

Posted by: barb | Sep 2, 2011 3:08:51 PM

Let's ask him. The question is out there. Martin, if you are reading, please respond.

Please also describe your affiliation and membership in the "New Democrat Coalition", compared with the "Progressive Caucus". Please let your constituents know why you are not a member of the Progressive Caucus.

Posted by: Lou | Sep 2, 2011 5:29:01 PM

I see this guy Lou doesn't accept an answer when it's an answer.

Posted by: Phil | Sep 3, 2011 2:08:00 AM