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Udall is tough enough for Senate

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By The Staff

Udall is tough enough for SenateDear Editor,I spent 1,200 hours working on Tom Udall’s 1998 first campaign for Congress, and I, like many others in this district, voted to elect Udall because of his integrity, his sense of the environment and of justice, and his outstanding work during eight years as attorney general.I didn’t expect him to take orders from whatever inflamed portion of the public has something to say on any national scale, but, rather, to exercise his carefully considered judgment on issues and on specific votes. In other words, if he chose to not support Kucinich’s impeachment resolution, that was his prerogative, and his electorate in this district know and trust his decision making in this and many other matters.I particularly remember a pro-Tibet Resolution in 2004 focused on the release of one political prisoner, Ngawang Sangdrol, which was bottled up in Henry Hyde’s International Affairs Committee, and I helped to obtain its passage in that committee by writing to hundreds of Amnesty International New Mexico members, urging them to call the Republicans on that committee.This worked: the resolution went on to be passed unanimously by the entire House of Representatives, and the best news was that this Tibetan nun was freed by China and allowed to come to the United States shortly thereafter.Think of what the freedom Udall helped obtain means now to this Tibetan nun. There are hundreds more locked up in Lhasa for 10-20 more years for absurd petty “crimes” like unfurling a banner saying “Long Live the Dalai Lama!”No one else in Congress sponsored that resolution, and when it passed, it was a profound slap in the face regarding Human Rights in China. That is the kind of congressman Udall is, and that is the kind of senator he will be.Udall’s advocacy and representation of New Mexico will be outstanding.New Mexicans should not be sidetracked by nonsensical utterances positing that Udall is not fit to be in the Senate, or not tough enough. He was tough enough as attorney general to be elected to two terms! A great deal of good will come from his first term in the United States Senate, which is likely to have two Udalls serving after the general election.Stephen FoxSanta Fe