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Wilson says Sanchez ‘invented’ his conservative record
Former Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., wasted no time in addressing Lt. Gov. John Sanchez’s entrance into the Republican Senate primary Tuesday.
“We welcome Lt. Governor Sanchez into the race and look forward to contrasting Heather Wilson’s conservative record with his invented one,” Wilson’s Deputy Finance Director Heather Wade said in a statement. “On issue after issue John Sanchez is not who he says he is, and Republican voters will be quick to figure that out.”
Sanchez may have taken a veiled shot at Wilson in his announcement video when he said, “We don’t want to return people back to Washington, D.C., who got us into this mess in the first place,” he said, before vowing to defend “principled, conservative values.”
Wilson served in the U.S. House from 1998 to 2009.
Wilson previously was cast as the less-conservative candidate in her 2008 race against Steve Pearce. Pearce called Wilson liberal in an ad, one of many negative ads in a campaign filled with negative ads.
Sanchez has won statewide primaries in the past. He was the Republican nominee for governor in 2002, losing to Bill Richardson in the general election, and the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor in 2010. Sanchez won on the Republican ticket under Susana Martinez.
Wilson was also the focus of ads from the fiscally conservative group Club for Growth over alleged votes for overspending. To head off such criticism in this year’s Republican primary, Wilson has signed on to the Americans for Tax Reform pledge to not vote for any tax raises for any individuals or businesses.