Tuesday night, New Mexico Republicans nominated former Congresswoman Heather Wilson, a politician deemed “one of the most corrupt Members of Congress,” in the race for the US Senate this fall.
Former Congresswoman Wilson spent years in Washington voting herself pay raises in Congress while she repeatedly opposed raising the minimum wage. She supported tax breaks for oil companies and millionaires, and gained notoriety for her involvement in the US Attorney scandal during the Bush Administration. If Heather Wilson wins herself another term in Washington DC, it’s clear where her loyalties will lie — and it won’t be with middle class families.
Wilson recently made a campaign stop with Karl Rove, a bud from her days as a board member for American Crossroads, and reminded us of the 2007 scandal in which she first came into the limelight. From the Huffington Post:
During the 2007 investigation into whether the team at the Bush White House (including Rove) ordered the politically motivated firings of several U.S. attorneys, Rove alleged that then-Rep. Wilson asked him to boot New Mexico federal prosecutor David Iglesias because he moved too slowly in a case against a Democrat.
Wilson denied Rove’s claims, but Iglesias also said at the time that Wilson pressured him directly. Wilson only admitted to calling Iglesias for an update.
The scandal prompted Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington to file complaints over the behavior with the House ethics committee and name Wilson one of the most corrupt members of Congress.
“She still epitomizes the Republican culture of corruption to the fullest and her ties to one of Washington’s darkest scandals is a glaring reminder of how she’ll always put her political interests first,” Shah said. “No wonder Democrats and Republicans are so opposed to her candidacy. She’s clearly not the kind of leader New Mexico wants in the Senate.”