Pearce, one of the richest members of Congress, has also staked out some of the most extreme positions on issues voters outside of his conservative leaning Southern New Mexico Congressional district aren’t likely to agree with, like saying poor seniors should stay healthy until they are old enough for Medicaid, or that women should “voluntarily submit” to their husbands.
Steve Pearce isn’t the only New Mexican in Congress in good spirits this week. Ben Ray Lujan, Congressman representing New Mexico’s northern district, is the chair of the committee responsible for recruiting candidates for Congress and his predictions for Democratic wins in 2018 got a lot rosier this week.
From The New Mexico Political Report:
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of Nambe is going to be a key figure for Democrats in the next election cycle. That’s because he’s the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. As such, he’s tasked with aiding Democrats in their pursuit of retaking the U.S. House of Representatives—and while he won’t say if he’s confident Democrats will do so in the 2018 midterms, he says they will pick up seats… “It’s too early to know what’s going to happen in November of 2018, but I can tell you Democrats in the House are on offensive, and there’s no question that we will pick up seats in 2018,” he said according to the paper.
Everyone is talking about this week’s elections. Donald Trump in the White House. Progressive Democrats are set to lead the State House. What does it all mean? It’s probably too early to tell, but that doesn’t mean political junkies aren’t already thinking about the next election.
Gov. Martinez is a lame duck and her approval ratings are below 50% and stuck there. That’s not good news for her future political prospects but it does mean candidates who want to take over have a ready narrative: I can fix what she couldn’t. New Mexico’s lone Republican Congressman thinks that – coupled with Trump’s victory – might give him the statewide edge he didn’t have when he ran for US Senate against now-Senator Tom Udall. Here’s the math that Pearce is likely considering
Pearce easily won reelection this year with 142,773 votes (62%) of support from his Southern New Mexico Congressional District. If he can consolidate that support and expand it to include the 94,874 Trump voters in heavily-populated Bernalillo County, Pearce could lock up 80% of Governor Martinez’s 293,000 statewide re-election votes in 2014.
In 725 days, New Mexicans will pick a new governor. That may sound like a long way off but for a job that big, no time is too early to start. That’s why, on Tuesday night, just hours after the country learned that Donald Trump was moving into the White House potential candidates started lining up to test drive their ideas to dig New Mexico out of this hole that Gov. Martinez keeps digging. First up was Sen. Tom Udall (D), a former attorney general, congressman and current progressive champion in the United States Senate.
During post-election analysis on KANW FM with Joe Monahan (and our own ProgressNowNM board member Sandy Buffett), Sen. Udall called in to say that he was considering a run for governor.