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SANTA FE – The 2010 general election contest between Rep. Harry Teague and former Rep. Steve Pearce in the 2nd Congressional District has been at full steam for a month.
Forget about the primaries 10 months from now. It is highly unlikely either man will draw opposition. They’re going directly to the general election 16 months away. Rep. Teague was in office only six months when his next campaign started. Teague was busy during those six months, knowing he had to compile as strong a record as possible. Southern district Republicans weren’t about to allow a Democrat to take that seat from them permanently.
On June 26, Teague voted for the climate/energy/cap and trade bill. He had received passes from the House Democratic leadership to vote against other party-sponsored bills but this one was shaping up to be a close one and his vote was needed.
But Harry wasn’t left hanging out there. He was allowed to negotiate amendments to the bill helping small oil refineries and electric cooperatives. The final vote on the bill was 219-212.
Those amendments however, did nothing to stop a GOP charge. The following day, the National Republican Congressional Committee began preparing robocalls and radio ads charging Teague had just voted for a massive national energy tax.
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