New Mexico Senate race: Rand Paul opposes Heather Wilson, Christie supports: Obamacare repeal opposed.
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…the Republican brass in Washington and Delaware are doing all they can to tarnish Christine O’Donnell, who is taking on Rep. Mike Castle in the GOP primary for the Senate seat in Delaware…. The GOP establishment has been shipping out reams of opposition research and links to negative news stories…. The National Republican Senatorial Committee is also piling on, briefing reporters on negative aspects of O’Donnell’s record.
In other words, out there in New Mexico there is conservative suspicion the NRSC is up to a more subtle version of the same old tricks it pulled in 2010. Piling on Sowards by quietly dumping on Wilson’s opposition to the Washington-based Standard. Sowards’ response is on his website.
Notably absent from the negative story on Sowards was any mention of Wilson’s own problems that have nothing to do with ideology.
Problems that alarmed conservatives believe would serve as a drag on presidential nominee Romney’s ability to carry the state.
Those problems that reportedly have Democrats sharpening their knives?
• A vanishing child abuse file — on Wilson’s husband. The 2006 story is outlined here at the progressive site Raw Story and is headlined this way:
Congresswoman on page board buried file on husband’s child abuse allegation
Raw Story, no friend of conservatives, sums up the accusation this way:
In 1995, just three days into her tenure as Secretary of the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department, Wilson removed a routine working file alleging that her husband had engaged in inappropriate contact with a minor. The file was then transferred to the department’s attorney in her own Albuquerque office, where it soon went missing.
• Wilson’s role in a U.S. Attorney firing. As the liberal site TPM instantly began circulating when Wilson announced her candidacy, Wilson was at the center of the furor over the firing of U.S. Attorneys in the Bush-era, specifically New Mexico’s David Iglesias.
The Sowards camp believes passionately that New Mexico Democrats, not to mention the Washington crew led by Harry Reid and Patty Murray, along with media allies from MSNBC to Media Matters, are salivating to trash Wilson on this issue if she wins the nomination to face Democrat Congressman Martin Heinrich.
There are other New Mexico-centric issues Democrats are chatting up, but the concern among conservatives is clear. Focused both on Wilson’s liberal streak and her personal vulnerabilities.
Perhaps the most quoted assessment of Wilson comes from Red State’s Erick Erickson:
The number one goal of conservatives in 2012, other than defeating Barack Obama, has got to be defeating Heather Wilson in New Mexico. She’d be Mike Castle terrible in the United States Senate.
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