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  • Greg Cannon
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      > Date: Wed, 3 Oct 2007 17:54:16 -0600
      > Subject: [utepprogressives] Republican Senator
      > [Domenici] To Retire at End of Term (fwd)
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      > Wednesday, October 03, 2007
      >
      > Republican Senator To Retire at the End of Term
      >
      >
      > By Andrew Taylor/
      > Associated Press
      > WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. Pete Domenici of New
      > Mexico intends to
      > retire at the end of his term next year, closing out
      > a 36-year career in
      > Congress, Republican officials said Wednesday.
      >
      > These officials said the 75-year-old Domenici
      > intends to make
      > a formal announcement on Thursday in his home state.
      > They spoke on
      > condition of anonymity to avoid pre-empting the
      > six-term lawmaker.
      >
      > Domenici would be the fifth Republican senator
      > to decline to
      > seek a new term, giving Democrats an opportunity to
      > expand their
      > majority in the 2008 elections. GOP Sens. John
      > Warner of Virginia, Chuck
      > Hagel of Nebraska, Larry Craig of Idaho and Wayne
      > Allard of Colorado
      > have previously announced plans not to run again.
      >
      > The New Mexico Republican had earlier signaled a
      > desire to run
      > for re-election, despite coming under criticism this
      > year over his role
      > in urging the administration to fire U.S. Attorney
      > David Iglesias.
      >
      > A Domenici adviser said the prospect of a
      > potentially
      > difficult race in what is expected to be a difficult
      > year for
      > Republicans was not why Domenici decided to retire.
      > Instead, lingering
      > concerns about his health are the main reason for
      > his decision.
      >
      > Domenici's long Senate career has been
      > highlighted by
      > involvement in budget issues. He was the longtime
      > chairman of the Budget
      > Committee dating back to President Reagan's first
      > term. He is currently
      > the top Republican on the Energy Committee.
      >
      > He was a principle architect of a 1997 balanced
      > budget bill
      > negotiated with former President Clinton, and has
      > been a major player on
      > national energy legislation, pushing for nuclear
      > power and opening the
      > Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling.
      >
      > Domenici's health became an issue after he
      > suffered nerve
      > damage in his right arm while playing touch football
      > with his
      > grandchildren on Thanksgiving Day 1999. He underwent
      > surgery in June
      > 2000 to relieve pressure on nerves in his neck.
      >
      > But the pain persisted and in 2003 he was
      > diagnosed with
      > arthritis in his lower back. He began using a
      > low-speed scooter between
      > his office and the Capitol. But the scooter
      > disappeared two years later
      > after a new workout regimen and treatment by
      > Tennessee arthritis
      > specialists.
      >
      > Domenici came under investigation by the Senate
      > Ethics
      > Committee this year after a watchdog group accused
      > him of trying to
      > pressure David Iglesias, then the U.S. attorney in
      > Albuquerque, N.M., to
      > rush a corruption probe against Democrats to sway
      > the 2006 elections.
      > Iglesias says he believes he was dismissed from his
      > job for resisting
      > Domenici and Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., who both
      > say they did not
      > pressure him.
      >
      > In March, Domenici called the controversy "hell"
      > like he had
      > never experienced in his career.
      >
      > Domenici was first elected to the Senate in the
      > GOP landslide
      > of 1972 when New Mexico was still a reliably
      > Democratic state. He has
      > never been seriously challenged since.
      >
      > The son of Italian immigrants, Domenici
      > graduated in 1954 from
      > the University of New Mexico, where he starred as a
      > pitcher on the
      > baseball team.
      >
      > He received his law degree from Denver
      > University in 1958, and
      > opened a law office in Albuquerque.
      >
      > His retirement is expected to spur a scramble
      > among the
      > state's top politicians who have long hoped to
      > succeed him. Among them
      > are Republican Reps. Heather Wilson and Steve Pearce
      > and Rep. Tom Udall,
      > a Democrat.
      >
      > "He's an iconic figure here in New Mexico," said
      > Paul Kennedy,
      > a former state supreme court justice and a longtime
      > Republican. "He's
      > probably the most popular politician in its history.
      > He had a great run,
      > and he'll be sorely missed from the delegation."
      >
      > Associated Press Writer Jennifer Talhelm contributed
      > to this report.
      >
      >
      > >
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