In Case You Missed It: Mick Rich in the News

Mick Rich launched his campaign for U.S. Senate with a tour from Santa Fe to Las Cruces, including stops in Albuquerque, Roswell, Ruidoso, and Alamogordo. Here are excerpts from the news coverage he received, with links to full articles.

Associated Press
Rich criticized Heinrich’s vote against the confirmation of Energy Secretary Rick Perry as a liability for New Mexico in efforts to ensure funding for national nuclear weapons laboratories overseen by the U.S. Department of Energy, and vowed to be a better broker for New Mexico interests with the federal government. Read more…

Albuquerque Business First
Rich said he wants to follow in the footsteps of former Republican U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, who was the last Republican to serve in that seat. Read more …

Albuquerque Journal
Rich said he would push for relaxed restrictions on federal land use and more funding with solidified missions for the state’s federal laboratories, while describing high crime and drug overdose rates in New Mexico as a barrier to economic development. Read more…

Santa Fe New Mexican
Rich described Heinrich, who is expected to run for a second Senate term, as “California’s third senator,” saying Heinrich’s votes are more in line with California’s interests than New Mexico’s. Read more…

Alamogordo Daily News
Rich said he wants to fight for New Mexico residents who want to make an honest living in order for families to provide for their children. “Sen. Pete Domenici insured our labs had a mission,” Rich said. “He ensured the mission was well spent. It’s one of the legs of the economy that still can come back to life in our state. We need a new mission for Holloman. I am going to make an effort and focus on our labs and military installations have a mission.” Read more…

KOB.com
Rich is emphasizing his support for commercial development of natural resources on federal lands as a way to boost the New Mexico economy. Read more…

Las Cruces News-Sun
When times are tough, Rich said, citizens should take a close look at how government is run and ask questions like, ‘Are we going in the right direction?’ or ‘Do we have the right people on the bus?’

“Martin Heinrich isn’t the right guy on the bus,” Rich said.

Specifically, Rich doesn’t think the federal government should take over state land and designate it as wilderness, something he said Heinrich supports too often. Read more…

Sacramento Bee
An engineer and the married father of four grown children, Rich described his 34 years in the construction business as an asset in understanding employment issues and how the federal government contracts with businesses. “I understand how hard it is for people to deal with those agencies,” Rich said, while also praising some dedicated federal workers. Read more…

New Mexico Political Report
“I am not moving to D.C.,” Rich said. “I want to make it clear: two terms and I’m done.” Read more…

U.S. News & World Report
Rich also signaled public safety issues as a top priority, while tracing New Mexico’s difficulties in addressing violent crime and drug overdoses to illegal drugs crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Read more…