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Wilson wins pre-GOP nod

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By Hal Rhodes

“Short, Bald, Honest” must surely rank among the most droll political slogans ever to enliven the campaign of a candidate for the United States Senate.
On the other hand, it obviously didn’t do Greg Sowards a lot of good with New Mexico Republican party insiders at the state GOP’s March 17 Pre-Primary Convention in Albuquerque, where over 80 percent of the delegates voted to give former-Congresswoman Heather Wilson top ballot position over Sowards in their June 5 primary election.
Have Republicans lost their sense of humor?
Sowards, a Doña Ana County business man, is indeed on the short side. He’s also a tad overweight. So on those two points, at least, he is demonstrably honest, making him a political rarity, cynics might say.
Of perhaps greater import, the trouncing Sowards took at the state Republican conclave raises interesting questions about the political clout of New Mexico’s Tea Party going into the 2012 election year cycle.
 Two years ago, national Tea Party functionaries were touting Republican Susana Martinez’s victory in New Mexico’s gubernatorial race as one of their big 2010 electoral accomplishments.


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