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Republican announces challenge for Udall’s Senate seat

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Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M, has drawn a Republican challenger for his 2014 re-election bid.

David Clements, an assistant district attorney in Las Cruces and chairman of the Doña Ana County Republican Party, said Tuesday that he plans to seek the GOP nomination to challenge Udall.

Udall was first elected to the Senate in 2008 to replace longtime Republican Sen. Pete Domenici after serving five terms in the U.S. House representing northern New Mexico.

Clements, a relative newcomer to statewide politics, came out of the gate attacking Udall as a career politician who has contributed to New Mexico’s reliance on federal funding for government work, which includes two national labs and four military bases.

Udall, as of June 30, reported $1.5 million cash on hand to fund his re-election.

Get a Loan: A post on Rep. Steve Pearce’s Facebook page encouraging furloughed government workers to take out loans to cover their expenses has gone viral, generating thousands of negative comments online.

The Facebook flap, first reported by Huffington Post on Friday, urged workers in fear of missing a paycheck to “explore your options” at a bank.

“If you are a furloughed government employee, we encourage you to reach out to your financial institution as soon as you worry you may miss a paycheck,” read the Pearce post. “Don’t wait until you are behind on a bill; call now and explore your options.”

Pearce’s office conceded the post was insensitive. The post was deleted.

“That post was in error and placed by staff,” said a statement from Pearce’s office. “It was removed because it was wrong. What the badly worded post should have conveyed is that many financial institutions have said they will not penalize people who have payment issues due to the federal furlough. But the important part is not to wait, but contact your financial institutions now, so they can make adjustments.”

Bowl meeting gone Bad: Former Gov. Bill Richardson pointed to his 2008 Super Bowl gathering at the Governor’s Mansion in Santa Fe as the breaking point for his relationship with former President Bill Clinton.

Richardson told The Washington Post he might have misled Clinton to believe Richardson could be wooed to endorse Hillary Clinton in her bid for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination when he already had decided to endorse Barack Obama.

Richardson described his efforts to mend the relationship with Clinton, under whom he served as the secretary of energy and United Nations ambassador. The Super Bowl bash gone bad is detailed in his new book, “How to Sweet-Talk a Shark: Strategies and Stories From a Master Negotiator.”

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