So, what’s your representative up to lately? Old buddy here in New Mexico CD-2, freshman representative Harry Teague, is in touch…a lot.
Last week I got another phone call about a meeting…this is the third event since he went to D.C. in January.
Today, I got a flyer…a big, glossy campaign flyer. I’m wondering if all new Democratic reps are carrying on this continuous campaign.
The flyer is a 4 pager and features Teague’s “independent” thinking. He voted for the stimulus package in February, but voted against the release of “an additional $350 billion in bailout money for Wall Street.” And he “lead the successful effort to stop a automatic 2010 pay raise for members of Congress. The latter two votes occurred in March.
You have to remember that CD-2 is a “conservative” district. That’s why Bill Richardson hand-picked Teague to run here. He has many “Republican-lite” things in his business and local political career. He’s owned an oil services business and was very popular with Republicans in Lea Country where he served as the top board chairman of the Lea County Board of Commisioners.
So here he is “splitting the difference” to appeal to both the Obama/Democratic crowd and the conservative Republicans here.
Around the time of the stimulus package debate in February, ads were running on the radio against Teague. Looks like the Obama crowd is trying to “re-create Teague with the March votes against a couple of other Obama initiatives.
So, has anybody else been getting this sort of material in the mail or the invitations to meet their rep on a regular basis?
Here are the inside pages of the flyer with the blurbs about the “split” votes.
First the “stimulus” vote:
Then, the “anti” votes…
The last page of the flyer is all about “staying in touch.” There’s the 888 number for The Harry Helpline,” an invitation to sign up for “Harry in Your Hometown Updates” and a list of his office…one in D.C. and 5 in the district.
Looks like there’s a full-court press here to keep Teague around for awhile…
More on Harry Teague, his Republican ties, and the machinations of Bill Richardson: