Wilson to seek Domenici's seat
By Jackie Kucinich and Aaron Blake
October 04, 2007
Rep. Heather Wilson (R-N.M) will run for the New
Mexico Senate seat that is expected to open up
officially later Thursday when Sen. Pete Domenici (R)
declares that he will not seek reelection in 2008,
according to a source familiar with Wilsons decision.
Domenici has taken Wilson under his wing in recent
years, and as he has gotten older, Wilsons name has
topped the list of potential heirs.
A strong campaigner, she has survived several
multimillion-dollar challenges in a swing district
that voted for Al Gore in 2000 and John Kerry in 2004.
She defeated former state Attorney General Patricia
Madrid (D) by fewer than 1,000 votes in 2006.
But she also faces the same U.S. Attorney scandal
baggage that would have affected Domenicis reelection
campaign. Fired U.S. attorney David Iglesias said both
lawmakers pressured him to be more aggressive with his
corruption cases during the 2006 campaign.