Thursday, September 29, 2005

Will Wilson Return $50,000 in DeLay Contributions?

Republican House Majority Leader Tom Delay has been indicted by a Texas Grand jury over allegations of impropriety related to his fundraising activities in recent years. The focus of the investigation was DeLay’s state Pac “TRM PAC.” If DeLay skirted the law in his Texas state dealings, doesn’t it seem logical that the next shoe to drop is an investigation of wrongdoing with his federal PAC “ARM PAC”?

Let’s get back to New Mexico and our “independent” Republican Congresswoman, Heather Wilson. If you believe what Wilson tells the voters, she’s never met Tom Delay, doesn’t get along with him and she is the victim of his efforts to thwart her “independence.”

Since she first ran for Congress in 1998, Heather Wilson has received over $50,000 in contributions from DeLay’s Political Action Committee (she received $10,000 this year, while the investigation into DeLay intensified). Doesn’t sound like Tom DeLay is upset with Heather Wilson or thinks she is “too independent” does it?

I wonder, given the current trend towards returning contributions made to state candidates by Treasurer Robert Vigil and his associates, whether Heather Wilson will step up to the plate, show her real independence and return the $50,000 contributed to her by Tom DeLay now that he has been indicted. If you believe that Robert Vigil lorded over tainted money and the recipients of those funds should return them, doesn't the same reasoning apply to Wilson and DeLay?

If she was so independent, she would have turned down the money in the first place.

Will Wilson Return $50,000 in DeLay Contributions?

Republican House Majority Leader Tom Delay has been indicted by a Texas Grand jury over allegations of impropriety related to his fundraising activities in recent years. The focus of the investigation was DeLay’s state Pac “TRM PAC.” If DeLay skirted the law in his Texas state dealings, doesn’t it seem logical that the next shoe to drop is an investigation of wrongdoing with his federal PAC “ARM PAC”?

Let’s get back to New Mexico and our “independent” Republican Congresswoman, Heather Wilson. If you believe what Wilson tells the voters, she’s never met Tom Delay, doesn’t get along with him and she is the victim of his efforts to thwart her “independence.”

Since she first ran for Congress in 1998, Heather Wilson has received over $50,000 in contributions from DeLay’s Political Action Committee (she received $10,000 this year, while the investigation into DeLay intensified). Doesn’t sound like Tom DeLay is upset with Heather Wilson or thinks she is “too independent” does it?

I wonder, given the current trend towards returning contributions made to state candidates by Treasurer Robert Vigil and his associates, whether Heather Wilson will step up to the plate, show her real independence and return the $50,000 contributed to her by Tom DeLay now that he has been indicted. If you believe that Robert Vigil lorded over tainted money and the recipients of those funds should return them, doesn't the same reasoning apply to Wilson and DeLay?

If she was so independent, she would have turned down the money in the first place.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Republicans Propose Dramatic Budget/Agency Cuts

A bombshell came out of the US House today as the Republican House Study Committee released a report today outlining their plans for cuts to major government efforts in the areas of health, science, manufacturing, foreign affairs and transportation to compensate for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts (or tax cuts, really).

Here's the report. It's a must read. (link)

essentially, Hurricane Katrina given Republicans the excuse they need to cut programs they hate. They seem to place no blame for a budget shortage on tax cuts for the rich but place the blame on programs for the poor and middle class.

If passed, this will devastate many programs in New Mexico and possibly stop funding for major transportation projects like Paseo/I-25, Tramway/I-25, etc. . . .

On the chopping block are the prescription drug program, Medicare, Medicaid, Peace Corps, energy conservation programs, transportation infrastructure, National Parks, Manufacturing Extension partnerships, school lunches, eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts, Reduce environmental management, Agricultural research . . . . the list goes on and
It will be interesting to see if the State's Congressional delegation will support this.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Domenici is Running Again

Much to the chagrin of aspiring US Senators from the state of New Mexico, Senator Pete Domenici is planning a run for another term in office. Domenici's seat is up again in 2008.

In Domenici's close circles he has made it be know that he is planning a run. Domenici reportedly shared this privately with supporters in Farmington that he plans to run again and Domenici's staff is buzzing with the news. Domenici has not slowed his fundraising pace either.

This is a bit of a downer for many in New Mexico politics who were planning a run or speculating on dream races to replace Senator Domenici: Congresswoman Wilson vs. Congressman Udall or Wilson versus Congressman Steve Pearce in a primary, or Patsy Madrid versus Mayor Marty Chavez in a Dem primary.

Those dreams and speculations might have to be put on hold.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Wilson--A Sanitary Existence

Just an amuzing fact. Congresswoman Heather Wilson's staff is made to carry hand sanitizer with them when traveling to meetings with Congresswoman Wilson.

Hand Sanitizer? What's even better is the story of her staffer that got chewed out by Wilson for forgetting the sanitizer. Where is the F---ing hand sanitizer, dammit!

Makes you think whether she really is in touch with her constituents or more likely, afraid to get close to them. Eeww! Wouldn't want to touch those unsanitary New Mexico voters!

Friday, September 09, 2005

Madrid To Take Another Look At Wilson Race

Attorney General Patricia Madrid is taking another look at challenging Heather Wilson in the 2006 1st Congressional District election.

Madrid will travel next week to meet with the head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Rahm Emmanuel and with House minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Word is that with the Republican President's favorabilty rating falling, Congresswoman Heather Wilson's are sure to follow given her allegiance to the President and his agenda.

Democrats you may now start salivating.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Sheriff White, Looking for Political Points in New Orleans

It's hard to find an honest politician these days, or even an honorable one .

If you watched the TV or read the papers, you would think that Bernalillo County Sheriff Darren White took some of his deputies out to New Orleans to help out with recovery efforts out of the goodness of his heart.

But Darren White took some time out of his busy rescue efforts to call Joe Monahan, the political blogger to report from the scene (link). Huh? Joe's is a political website, and obviously the purpose of White's call to Joe was to spread the word about what he is doing on the state's political wires.

The fact that White is out hustling the press and the bloggers to write stories about his travels to New Orleans is another example of White trying to gain publicity for himself rather than doing what he's supposed to be doing: keeping law and order in Bernalillo County. In this case he's using a national tragedy to promote himself.

Shameful, shameless stuff.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Wilson Personal Ties to FEMA Make It Less Likely She'll Hold Them Accountable

New Mexicans shouldn't count on Congresswoman Heather Wilson to do much in the Congress to hold FEMA accountable for the slow response in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Wilson's House Financial Disclosures and FEMA contract records indicate that her husband was recently awarded a contract of nearly $100,000 from FEMA.

I'm not sure what her husband, an attorney who works on personal injury suits on behalf of insurance companies, is doing getting a contract from FEMA. But it shows that maybe FEMA isn't spending their money in the best possible way if they are putting local attorneys on the FEMA payroll. Maybe that money could have been spent on a few bottles of water for the people suffering in New Orleans.

It does appear that Hone is involved heavily in the Boy Scouts. Perhaps the Scouts are being developed as part of FEMA's emergency response?

Another strike against FEMA and Heather Wilson and another example of Wilson's husband screwing up her political career (remember the secret Wilson CYFD file during the 1998 campaign?)

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Katrina Disaster Shows Republicans' True Colors

Let's remind the folks out there that Republicans control the White House and the Congress and the entire Administration (including FEMA, and the Army Corps of Engineers).

It took a crisis like this to not only show the Republican's true colors when it comes to its treatment of minorities. But it also reveals the terrible Republican record on emergency funding during the Bushpresidencyy.

House Speaker Dennis Hastert commented that the entire city of new Orleans should be "bulldozed." Funny, I can't remember Dennis Haster responding that way when floods occur in his own state of Illinois or in his Congressional District along the Mississippi River. But then again, Hastert doesn't have a high percentage of African Americans in his district.

Army Corps

The President offered a FY 2002 budget with a 16.9% cut (from 2001) to the Army Corps of Engineers budget (Heather Wilson, Steve Pearce voted for this) (link). News media is starting to reveal Louisiana's Congressional Delegation's long time plight to fund the Corps of Engineers to repair the Levees in New Orleans. The Congressional members representing New Orleans are democrats and it's not surprising that a Republican President and a Republican Congress failed to hear their cries.

FEMA

The President offered a FY 2002 budget with a 20.2% cut (from 2001) in the Federal Emergency Management Administration (Heather Wilson, Steve Pearce supported this) (link)

The President's cuts in FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers (among other agencies) allowed for huge tax cuts, supported by the Republicans in New Mexico's Congressional delegation.

Watch Heather Wilson scramble to try to show she's doing something about this disaster after voting for cuts in the budgets of important emergency agencies over the last 4 years. (link) She has some explaining to do.

Her support for the President is her Achilles heel. Let' see if any dem takes advantage of it.