2/23/11 10:04 PMPearce Calls on New Mexico Republicans to Take Thoughtful and Measured Approach to 2012 US Senate RacePage 1 of 2http://cl.publicaster.com/ViewInBrowser.aspx?pubids=6278%7c891%7c83719&digest=guTarewx%2fOFTQf3cddEs7g&sysid=1
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Friends,Like everyone else, I was surprised by Senator Bingaman's decision to retire. He served uswell and we need to thank him for his service.The retirement of a Senator causes a huge political vacuum in any state and is magnified inless densely populated states like New Mexico.The selection of a candidate needs to be a well thought out decision that is the culmination of much input from family, various leaders and organizations around the state.During the last two days I have talked to the Governor, individuals instrumental in theGovernor's victory last November, the Chairman of the Republican Party of NM, the immediate past Chairman of the state Party and a handful of party activists. All agreethat the retirement of Senator Bingaman represents an opportunity and a challenge to elect aRepublican and a Conservative to the vacated seat.The prevailing opinion is that party leaders throughout the state need to come together andevaluate the race and take steps to avoid a repeat of the 2008 Senate race where both thecandidates and the party were bruised and out of money at the end of the primary and we hadno national Republican representatives.It needs to be a full and open process to represent New Mexico. Although my name has beensuggested as being on a short list of Republicans with statewide name ID, it is quite possiblethat a completely new face would be suggested in such a process. I have agreed to thediscussion and hope all other potential Republican candidates will do the same.In addition, the Tea Party is a strong force in Conservative politics that must be considered.They succeeded in defeating many incumbent Republican candidates during this last electioncycle. With such a strong showing, my friends in the Tea Party should be included in theprocess to select a Conservative candidate who can pull that valuable block of voters to thepolls.