I don’t understand the thinking behind people asking Congressman Steve Pearce to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Senator Domenici. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m a HUGE fan of Congressman Pearce. I just don’t see how running to be New Mexico’s Junior Senator representing the minority party at age 60 makes sense for a man with such a bright future.
Think about it.
By the end of the Congressman’s second term in the Senate, about the time he would be moving up in the seniority ranks, he would be 72 years old – three years younger than Senator Domenici is today. That’s not to say he wouldn’t want to keep going into his 80’s, but why would he want to do that?
If you’re thinking I’m advocating for Steve just to spend the rest of his days comfortably ensconced in his current Congressional seat, you’re wrong. That may be okay for someone like Congressman Tom Udall, a career politician from a political family. But, a leader like Steve Pearce can actually accomplish so much more.
Steve’s a self-made business man from VERY humble beginnings who has a net worth that had him ranked in 2005 as the 22nd wealthiest member of the House. That means he could easily throw two to three million into a political race, and I think he should.
I think Steve Pearce should run for Governor in 2010. It just makes a whole lot more sense.
Like another self-made man, who was the first to be elected to two consecutive terms as Governor in New Mexico, Steve could provide the leadership and fiscal restraint that has been so sorely lacking on the fourth floor since Bill Richardson landed in the Governor’s seat. At 62 years old, with millions in the bank and an impressive political, personal and business resume Congressman Pearce could surely win the Governor’s seat – no matter who the Democrats put forth.
From there, well, as Governor Richardson has demonstrated, the sky is the limit. If Hilary Clinton were to win the Presidential election next year, and somehow managed to be elected to a second term, there is one thing that could be certain. By 2016, the country would be a mess and in need of a strong conservative leader.
In 2016, Steve Pearce would be a 69 year old, accomplished, conservative Western Governor with a leadership track record in politics and business second to none. Hmm, kind of reminds me of someone else who became the leader of the free world at 69 years of age.