Pearce, East sweep into White Rock

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By Gabriel Vasquez

A sandstorm swept New Mexico Rep. Steve Pearce and congressional candidate Dan East into White Rock Sunday evening.

Battling the dust devils and gusting winds, candidates spoke to a crowd of 40 or so attendees gathered at Rover Park for the Los Alamos Republican Party’s picnic, discussing issues related to careful spending, statewide energy concerns and the future of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

“There is no way that Tom Udall has the heart to fight for this community,” Pearce said. “If Udall gets to be senator, Los Alamos is not going to be a favorable place to be. Nuclear affairs are going to have less and less importance, defense is going to have less and less importance, and we will suffer from it.”

Pearce said recent lab and Department of Energy cuts that his democratic counterpart Tom Udall “continues to support” have been met with feelings of anger from people in the region.

“I’ve already experienced it [anger] in Española,” he said. “Tom’s votes on the lab are going to gut the entire North Central region.”

Pearce said the Reliable Replacement Warhead program was a prime example of ways to keep LANL on the forefront of nuclear research and developing critical defense technology.

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