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Lewis formally enters congressional race

Dan Lewis

As expected, Albuquerque City Councilor Dan Lewis formally entered the race to replace Martin Heinrich in the U.S. House on Sunday.

The Republican vowed to help “stop the insanity of rampant government spending” and
“protect and promote job-creating small businesses” in Congress, according to a news release.

He described his main priorities as creating jobs and assisting small businesses, confronting the looming national debt, and strengthening national security.

Lewis is the first candidate to enter the race. One other Republican, former gubernatorial candidate and state Rep. Janice Arnold-Jones, has formed a congressional exploratory committee.

On the Democratic side, State Sen. Eric Griego has formed an exploratory committee as he considers the race. In addition, State Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas, D-Albuquerque, announced that he is seriously considering running for the seat. So is Terry Brunner, U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman’s former state director who now heads USDA Rural Development in New Mexico.

Heinrich, a Democrat, is vacating the Albuquerque-area 1st Congressional District seat to run for the Senate seat that is open next year because of Bingaman’s retirement.

Update, 9:05 a.m.

Democratic Party of New Mexico Chairman Javier Gonzales had this to say about Lewis:

“This is more of the same from yet another out-of-touch Republican who has decided to run for Congress. Instead of focusing on New Mexico’s working families Dan Lewis has decided to openly support the same failed economic policies that led to the historic recession that has put so many thousands of New Mexicans out of work, blindly cutting commonsense safeguards meant to keep Wall Street in line without pausing to consider the consequences is what caused the great recession and cost us millions of jobs.”

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  1. Brilliant response to a political hack’s attempts to slander a good man. I too have watched Lewis during his term on Albuquerque’s city council. He is open minded and smart, not to mention gracious and quite genuine–qualities Mr. Gonzalez could learn from.

    It is noteworthy that the chairman of the state democratic party would take a shot at Lewis so quickly and so early in the political season rather than just let his anouncement for Congress come and go as quietly as possible. What Lewis did to Michael Cadigan—-who arguably was one of the smartest, shrewdest, and most powerful elected democrats in Albuquerque—-when he trounced him in the city council election is not lost on them.

    They are afraid of him. With reason.

  2. Dan Lewis is a fine man. He has his work cut out for him in terms of name recognition and fund raising, but I am sure he would do a good job. I know him, and know that he works very hard at understanding the issues and listening to divergent views objectively. Democratic Party Chairman Javier Gonzales is (1) either grossly under-read, or (2) is just playing his dog-on-a-leash partisan politics jump-through-the-hoop act.

    An act I abhor on either side of the aisle.

    He says, Lewis represents the “same failed economic policies that led to this historic recession.” C’mon Javier, you must know that the central bank policies of Greenspan under Clinton and Bernanke today are the cause of underpricing risk and bailing out Wall Street at the taxpayer’s expense. Dan Lewis is not a R vs D Wolf Blitzer Situation Room discussion. Believe me, if Dan Lewis were a Democrat you would be waxing wonderful about this new generation of leadership.

    Fact: the decision algorithms that led to wanton credit expansion and credit default swaps and the lowering of the requirements for Wall St iresponsible lending actually started in the Clinton administration and the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act – which separated commercial banking from investment banking. To pin that on Dan Lewis, just because he is a Republican, shows where your bread is butter. Mr. Gonzales. I would be happy to debate you, Mr. Gonzales, on the economics of our current situation and its origin of our present challenges any time, any place.

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