In a press conference today the man who has held New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District seat for the past 12 years announced he is leaving Congress to run for Governor of New Mexico in 2018.
As New Mexico’s only Republican member of Congress, the district Rep Steve Pearce (R-NM) represents spans the southern portion of the state including the US/Mexico border.
The 69 year old is a former oil man with a largely conservative voting record during his past seven terms in Congress. Pearce is a member of the Freedom Caucus, which is sympathetic to the Tea Party movement and considered to be the farthest-right group within the House Republican Conference.
Management and his business experience is something Pearce repeated throughout the announcement.
Pearce supported Trump during the election, but in his announcement today referenced in a meeting during the recent TrumpCare overhaul. He said the Freedom Caucus, which he described himself as the leader, told Trump, “‘Sir, with all due respect, I have 700,000 bosses, you don’t vote in New Mexico.’”
Pearce is the only GOP candidate that has officially announced he will run. Pearce also said the only prominent Republicans that have the “name recognition” to mount a serious challenge to him are Lt. Gov. John Sanchez and Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry. Also weighing a bid, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper, is land commissioner Aubrey Dunn.Like this story? Sign up for our daily newsletter to get more of our best original news.