Udall won't run for Senate
Posted 10/05/2007 07:33:00 AM
U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., will not run for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Pete Domenici.
Udall informed close supporters of his decision Thursday evening and released a statement this morning making it official. He said his new seat on the powerful appropriations committee was a factor in his decision.
“The election to replace Domenici in 2008 will be a tough one, but I have every reason to believe I could win it,” Udall said. “I also believe, however, that as I continue to gain in seniority in the House, assume more of a leadership role, assert my authority on the appropriations committee and pass significant legislation like my bill to promote renewable energy, I am in the right place to serve
As a member of the House, Udall said, he has “consistently stood up against the war in
“I believe the House of Representatives, the ‘people’s house,’ can fix the mess the administration has gotten us into,” Udall said. “I want to stay in the House and do just that.”
Udall is certainly in a better position than
Udall’s announcement closes the door on a handful of Northern New Mexico Democrats who were considering running for his House seat if he ran for Senate. In addition, the Bill Richardson factor aside, Udall’s decision means New Mexico Democrats will turn their focus on Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chávez, Lt. Gov. Diane Denish and former Attorney General Patricia Madrid as they consider who will run for Senate.
On the Republican side, as I’ve already reported, U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson is expected to announce her candidacy for Domenici’s seat today.
In his statement, Udall praised Domenici.
“I know all New Mexicans and Americans join me in saluting the career and accomplishments of Senator Pete Domenici,” Udall said. “His service to our nation has been remarkable, and we wish him and his family our best.”