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By: Rachel Pulaski
On Tuesday, conservatives lost a battle for the Republican US Senate seat in New Mexico. Conservative candidate, Greg Sowards, lost to “moderate” Republican, career politician, and Queen Rino, Heather Wilson. Despite receiving a recent endorsement from Rand Paul, and last week releasing an effective attack ad against Wilson, Sowards lost the primary, only receiving 30% of the Republican vote. The ad released by Sowards’ campaign, perhaps too late in the election, called out her past votes to increase the debt ceiling multiple times, and her vote in favor of S-Chip (precursor to Obamacare) as well as increasing its budget. Soward’s ad also pointed out Wilson voted in favor of TARP, voted yes to the UN Cap and Trade Scheme, and while serving in Congress she voted in favor of increasing her pay 6 times.
New pay to play allegations are now looming over the Wilson camp. A new press release by ProgressNow New Mexico says Wilson is being investigated by the Attorney General for sending her earmarked federal grants to her campaign contributors. The NM Telegram reported:
Our investigation reveals that donors connected to that Albuquerque company and two other associated companies gave Wilson more than $20,000 in campaign contributions and received more than $6 million in federal and contacts and grants, like the one earmarked to BCSO.
The same group announced the launch of their new website called WilsonWatch.org.
Wilson’s voting record on abortion and tax payer funded abortions have many pro-lifers and fiscal conservatives upset as well. According to SBA, Congresswoman Wilson voted four times in favor of using tax payer funds for embryonic stem cell research. She also voted twice to allow FDA testing and approval of the RU-486 abortion pill and refused to support her fellow Republicans in voting to stop the public funding of Planned Parenthood. The Susan B. Anthony Foundation targeted Wilson during the 2008 election saying:
“Heather Wilson calls herself pro-life, but her voting record clearly shows otherwise. New Mexicans deserve to know the truth about her votes to spend dollars from the pockets of principled pro-life Americans to destroy human lives,” said Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “From her support for Planned Parenthood, to approval of the deadly RU-486 abortion drug, Heather Wilson’s record is anything but pro-life.”
That does not seem to bother Wilson, she told the Associated Press, “I am pro-life. The pro-life Democrats are going to vote for me. There’s no question about that.”
Since two birds of a feather often flock together, in April “Republican” Senator Lisa Murkowski flew from Alaska to New Mexico to campaign for Wilson. Murkowski and Wilson are part of the dwindling number of “moderate Republican” female politicians who have a long history of supporting abortion and Planned Parenthood. In fact just a few days before Murkowski left to campaign for Wilson she had this to say:
“The right to a safe and legal abortion has been affirmed by the courts, and I stand by that,” she said. “I will continue to support funding Planned Parenthood.”
“It makes no sense to make this attack on women,” she said. “If you don’t feel this is an attack, you need to go home and talk to your wife and your daughters.”
Wilson is sticking with the old Republican campaign tactic, independent and moderate votes are how you win an election. She fails to recognize the conservative and grassroots Tea Party voters who will get out and actively campaign for their candidates. Wilson is unelectable and her voting record is less than conservative. Daily Caller recently said, “Heather Wilson can’t win”:
Wilson is everything Americans despise about politicians, regardless of party. A cursory look at her career reveals profligacy, cronyism, abuse of power, lies, cover-ups and a sex scandal. She’s seldom crossed an earmark she hasn’t liked, including the infamous $398 million Bridge to Nowhere. She is a crony of the first order, landing a cushy state job with a $93,000 base salary for her husband Jay Hone.
The same Jay Hone was accused of inappropriately touching a 16-year-old boy in 1993. The sensitive state file containing the accusation mysteriously disappeared three days after Wilson was appointed secretary of New Mexico’s Children, Youth and Families Department. When confronted about the missing file by a local KOAT news reporter, Wilson denied removing the file. Days later, Wilson admitted that she had taken the file and lied to cover her theft. Her husband should be presumed innocent, but Wilson stole government documents and lied in front of cameras.
In a better world, Heather Wilson’s voting record would disqualify her from representing a major party. (Her votes to implement cap and trade and the anti-industry Kyoto Protocol should be enough by themselves.) There’s plenty to dislike in her policy positions. But her personal baggage and professional misconduct overwhelm any policy discussions. She’s simply unelectable.
Wilson’s win is a loss for conservatives but she will have a hard time against her opponent Martin Heinrich in November. Most likely Wilson will lose in November because she is the type of Republican that Republicans don’t want representing their party anymore. It is time for career politicians like Wilson to change parties or end their political careers. Either way, they will not be missed.