To: Interested Parties
From: National Republican Senatorial Committee
Re: New Mexico Republican Senate Primary
Date: June 5, 2012
“I congratulate Heather Wilson on winning the New Mexico Republican Senate Primary, and look forward to her election in November. There is a clear difference in this race. Heather is a mother, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force Academy and an experienced, common-sense leader who believes we need to end wasteful spending, balance the budget and focus on pro-jobs policies. In contrast, Heather’s opponent is even more liberal than President Obama and believes we should focus on growing government in Washington, instead of jobs in New Mexico. It’s time to restore fiscal responsibility in Washington and enact a pro-energy, pro-jobs agenda, and we can do that with Heather Wilson as the next U.S. Senator from New Mexico.” – U.S. Senator John Cornyn, NRSC Chairman
As the editorial board at the Santa Fe New Mexican wrote recently, there is a “stark” difference between Heather Wilson and liberal Democrat Congressman Martin Heinrich.
Wilson is a sensible leader who will work with Democrats and Republicans to enact pro-growth, pro-jobs policies for New Mexico. Unlike her opponent, Wilson supports a balanced budget amendment, opposes the EPA’s job-killing regulations and opposes President Obama and Martin Heinrich’s intrusive healthcare law.
Meanwhile, Martin Heinrich’s record on healthcare, energy and taxes is far more liberal than even President Barack Obama and it’s why we believe the next Senator from New Mexico will be Heather Wilson.
Heather Wilson’s Record:
Wilson’s reputation as a thoughtful representative, not a lock-step partisan, has not always helped her politically. (Editorial, Albuquerque Journal, 05/13/12)
Wilson, a one-time protégé of Domenici, has been a budget hawk throughout her career. … Wilson has routinely advocated for cuts in taxes and spending while maintaining a strong military. (Editorial, Las Cruces Sun-News, 05/13/12)
Wilson says her biggest concern and top priority will be getting the nation’s financial house in order. She says spending is lavish and government has grown at a record clip under the current administration. (Editorial, Albuquerque Journal, 05/13/12)
[Wilson] has the education, experience and intelligence to serve as a U.S. senator. What’s more, her positions are in stark contrast to Democratic candidates, meaning voters actually have a real choice this fall when electing a senator. (Editorial, Santa Fe New Mexican, 05/20/12)
She contends a harsh regulatory environment and overly complex tax code make it hard for investors to invest and bankers to lend, so economic growth and job creation remain unnecessarily stymied. (Editorial, Albuquerque Journal, 05/13/12)
Martin Heinrich’s Liberal Record:
Heinrich Opposes A Balanced Budget Amendment: “I don’t think it makes sense for the federal government to have a balanced budget every single year ….” (Gwyneth Doland, New Mexico Independent, 4/2/10)
Heinrich Was To Left Of President Obama On The 2010 Tax Cut Compromise: “Among all members of the delegation, Rep. Martin Heinrich most strongly denounced the tax deal. ‘From what I’ve seen so far, I’m not inclined to support it,’ Heinrich said in a Journal interview.” (Michael Coleman, Albuquerque Journal, 12/8/10)
Heinrich Supported President Obama’s Job-Killing Healthcare Bill. (H.R. 4872, CQ Vote #194: Motion agreed to, thus clearing the bill for the president, by a vote of 220-207: R 0-175; D 220-32, 3/25/10, Heinrich Voted Yea)
Heinrich Supported A Robust Public Option: “The public option would be a government-run insurance plan that competes with private insurance companies to hold down rates, and has been a central component of Rep. Heinrich’s principles on health insurance reform.” (Martin Heinrich, Press Release, 9/30/09)
Heinrich Voted For Nancy Pelosi’s Job-Killing Cap-And-Trade Bill: “Today, H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES) passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 219 to 212. U.S. Representative Martin Heinrich (NM-1) voted in favor of this historic legislation that will propel our nation into a new clean energy economy. . . . ‘This legislation will transform our nation,’ said Rep. Martin Heinrich.” (Martin Heinrich, Press Release, 6/26/09)