Tom Udall for New Mexico
by Alex Flores, Thu Oct 04, 2007 at 04:23:45 PM EDT
Update: The Albuquerque Journal is now reporting that Udall will not run for the open senate seat. And so ends one of the shorter draft efforts in recent memory...and we had such a great slogan picked out in "More and Better Udalls."
Bumped from the diaries -- Jonathan... According to the Albuquerque Journal, Udall is apparently "seriously considering" a run for Senate. Let's help him make that decision a bit easier by sending $5 contributions his way today.
I'm a young person from New Mexico and I go to school in Washington DC. I'm surrounded by elected officials seemingly everywhere I go, even at school. With all of those interactions, I can say that Congressman Udall is one of the most impressive public servants I've ever met.
It's been years that I've been prodding him to run for Senate, even before he had his seat on Appropriations and before Senator Pete Domenici announced his retirement. With the Democrats taking the House back, Congressman Udall's new committee assignments and power to affect real positive change forced me to let go of the dream.
But now we're back at it - trying to Draft Tom Udall For Senate. In some ways, it seems like he's destined for this opportunity; he's from a long lineage of incredible public servants and has money in the bank at exactly the right time. Tom Udall is mostly progressive and is especially strong on the environment and the Iraq War; he most recently voted against supplemental lacking a timetable for withdrawal.
The most important part of this debate hasn't been talked about to much length: why we cannot let Heather Wilson win this seat.
The importance of this seat cannot be overstated. More hangs in the balance than how many seats Democrats will hold after election day, November 2008. Instead, I pose to you that the next Senator from New Mexico will likely hold office for decades, much like Domenici who was first elected 35 years ago in 1972.
That's why it's so important that we keep this seat out of the hands of Heather Wilson. Democrats need a heavy weight like Tom Udall to run for this office, not a compromise candidate (See: "A Denish Deal?") or a political rookie.
Heather Wilson, the presumptive Republican nominee, beat seasoned politico Patricia Madrid for the 1st District seat last season by about 900 votes. In the past 5 elections, she's beaten 4 different opponents, making her a serious contender and a veteran campaigner.
But the reality about Wilson is striking. Besides her conservative voting record, she's been involved in a number of questionable events.
First, Wilson sat on the committee charged with overseeing congressional pages in the House of Representatives in 2001 and knew that Pages were being warned about Mark Foley's sexual advances. Still, she did nothing. Perhaps worse was her position on the issue when it became public: "Toleration of inappropriate behavior is almost as bad as the behavior itself." That was said by the same Heather Wilson who knew about, and tolerated Mark Foley's conduct.
More recently, Wilson was named as one of two legislators who pressured US Attorney David Iglesias to indict New Mexico Democrats before the 2006 election that she barely won. The other legislator? Retiring Senator Pete Dominici whose seat she now seeks. Due partly to her misconduct in this situation, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington named her one of the 22 Most Corrupt Members of Congress.
Congressman Tom Udall is the logical choice to run for the open Senate Seat. Popular Governor Bill Richardson continues to do well in Iowa and New Hampshire and has affirmed that he will continue his Presidential campaign. Mayor Martin Chavez may also run, but was defeated at the polls this past Tuesday in Albuquerque City elections and is unpopular with Progressives.
Former Attorney General Patricia Madrid and Heather Wilson's immediate past challenger, lost the race in New Mexico's 1st District in a tidalwave year for Democrats. Her famous gaffe at a small debate in the closing days of the campaign was fully exploited by Republicans. What's more, in a year when Senator Bingaman (D) won reelection 71%-29%, Governor Bill Richardson won the state with 69%, the largest margin of victory for any Governor in state history, and Democrats won four out of fice of the other statewide offices, Patricia Madrid still managed to lose in the 1st District.
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See Congressman Tom Udall's Biography after the jump....
Winning an astonishing 75% of the vote in the 2006 general election, Tom was elected to a fifth term in the United States House of Representatives and continues to have the honor of serving the people of New Mexico's Third Congressional District. The overwhelming support of his constituents is well-deserved.
During his tenure in Congress, Tom Udall has earned a reputation as a courageous and principled legislator who is not afraid to stand up for what is right. At the same time, he is known for reaching across party lines to find common ground, for being an effective and thoughtful advocate for his constituents and for exercising the kind of bold leadership we need in these troubled times.
Nothing more clearly demonstrates Tom's dedication to his district than the dozens of town hall meetings he has hosted around the state to hear from his constituents and to learn how he can better serve them. New Mexico's Third is a district of great range - geographically larger than the state of Pennsylvania - and diversity - a true tri-cultural mosaic. His town hall visits, he says, remind him of where he came from, why he is in Washington and who sent him there. Tom Udall is deeply committed to representing the interests of his constituents and to putting New Mexico values on the national agenda.
Tom Udall comes from a family distinguished for its devotion to public service. His father, Stewart Udall, was elected four times to Congress before being appointed Secretary of the Interior by Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. Tom's Uncle Morris ("Mo") Udall not only served in Congress for 30 years but also was a major presidential contender in 1976. Representative Mark Udall (D-CO) and Senator Gordon Smith (R-OR) are Tom's cousins, and current Members of Congress.
Tom Udall graduated from Prescott College in 1970. In 1975 he graduated from Cambridge University in England with a Bachelor of Laws degree. That fall, he enrolled in the University of New Mexico Law School and graduated with a Juris Doctor in 1977. After graduating, Tom was Law Clerk to Chief Justice Oliver Seth of the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Following his clerkship, Tom's legal career included appointment as Assistant US Attorney in the criminal division; appointment as Chief Counsel to the Department of Health and Environment; and partnership in the Miller Law Firm, which has offices in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Las Cruces and Farmington. Tom is married to Jill Z. Cooper and they have a daughter, Amanda. Tom and Jill live in Santa Fe. Amanda and her husband, James Noel, live in Corrales.
All together, the work and achievements of Tom Udall have changed the face of New Mexico for the better. Throughout his career, Tom has been a leader in the most critical issues facing our state and country. He will continue to use his common-sense style to forge bipartisan solutions to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.