New Mexico’s Tom Udall: Senator from Big Gov., Big Green

The following article originally appeared on the website “Does New Mexico Know Tom Udall?”

Tom Udall has been in Congress since 1999 when he won election to the 3rd (northern) Congressional District in New Mexico. Udall was elected in 2009 to the United States Senate, taking Pete Domenici’s seat upon the long-serving Senator’s retirement.

Since arriving in Washington, Udall has consistently voted with the liberal wing of the Democratic Party. According to the fiscally-conservative National Taxpayers Union, Udall has been an unabashed supporter of increased spending and taxation in Washington. The organization ranks every vote in Congress based on its impact on the size and scope of the federal government and Udall has never scored anything but “F.” Worse still, Udall accumulated the worst track record on spending and taxes during 2012 (the second session of the 112th Congress).

During 2012, Udall voted only 6 percent of the time in the interests of the taxpayer. Also in 2012, National Journal named Udall the “Most Liberal Senator” of them all, tied with Connecticut’s Richard Blumenthal.

For all the time he’s spent in Washington, Tom Udall has relatively few legislative accomplishments to his name. Having been in Congress since 1999 would usually result in some significant legislative items by a politician who clearly supports a large and growing federal government, but this has not been the case.

Udall has supported most of the left-wing domestic policies in Congress in recent years. He strongly supported and continues to support the ObamaCare health law as well as the Obama “stimulus” legislation known as American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 which spent $831 billion in a failed effort to goose the American economy.

Despite New Mexico’s status as a top energy producing state, Udall has typically supported the cause of radical environmental interest groups above those of an industry that supplies 31 percent of New Mexico’s General Fund revenues.

The League of Conservation Voters, for example, gave Udall a 100% score during 2013 and Udall has a 97 percent lifetime score. Udall voted to oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline which even Bill Clinton has endorsed, opposes expansion of offshore oil and gas drilling, and opposes oil and gas drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge.

And, despite relatively depressed natural gas prices, the importance of natural gas to New Mexico’s economy, and the potential for exports of natural gas to generate thousands of jobs and millions of tax dollars for New Mexicans immediately, Udall voted against legislation that would have allowed export terminals to overcome efforts by Not in My Backyard (NIMBY) groups to site natural gas export terminals.

While his legislative track record is bad enough, Udall seems to believe that the federal government, not individuals, is the best steward of New Mexico’s lands. Udall strongly supported efforts to create the Río Grande del Norte National Conservation Area in Northern New Mexico which tightened federal control over 236,000 acres of land. The land was ultimately declared a national monument without Congressional approval by President Obama in early 2013.

Not satisfied with this massive expansion of federal control over lands in Northern New Mexico, Udall is actively supporting efforts to create the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument on 498,815 acres in Southern New Mexico. Udall has encouraged the Obama Administration to take unilateral action to designate the lands. Although the wilderness designation only deals with federal lands, private and state lands are interspersed throughout. These lands will be incredibly difficult for ranchers and others to use.

When it comes to economic policies impacting New Mexico, Tom Udall has clearly taken the side of those who wish to socialize control over our lands, reduce the capacity of private citizens to use our natural resources, and spend more of your hard-earned tax money. New Mexico needs better representation in Washington.

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11 Replies to “New Mexico’s Tom Udall: Senator from Big Gov., Big Green”

  1. When Tom Udall (D, Cuba) ran against Steve Pearce for the Senate 6 years ago, Udall had an Americans for Democratic Action (ADA) rating of 100% to Pearce’s 5%. Udall still apparently has an ADA rating of 100% http://www.adaction.org/pages/publications/voting-records/2013vrgraphics.php

    Having a socialist leaning Senator apparently doesn’t bother the majority of New Mexican voters. Hey, as long as the federal spending gravy train continues, what do we care?

  2. I for one am sick to death with Udall, along with his cohort Martin Heinrich. They both vote party lines with little or no regard to the impact it has on New Mexicans. Seems the northern part od the state is riding the gravy train cause they keep send these 2 idiots back.

  3. What disturbs me most about Sen. Udall is his activism in stifling political dissent. He has championed changes in the Senate rules to further diminish minority party rights. Udall is one of eight senators who wrote the IRS urging a crackdown on Tea Party groups, and currently is pushing for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

  4. What should I say about Tom Udall, that he is a “well intended, well-meaning, but mistaken liberal or how about an unrealized by the public “Marxist totalitarian goof ball”! The only trouble with this expression of frustration, is what befits the foibles character of one man, actually befits the whole of the Democratic Party and half the Republican Party! I frankly do not care what proper title to give any one segment of the gradual gradation away from the light of liberty, when with each diminishing step forward to the ever darkening dominion of elitist, dictatorial tyranny, the union of all of these segments seem to be inextricably tied or linked together, like they were holding hands into conspiracy to strangle any newborn hope of personal responsibility and freedom. The real question is, how much force-feeding to the masses of the electorate will be tolerated before the gag response becomes automatic and unstoppable! In November, we shall see.

    1. If anyone ever gets the opportunity, ask some of Tom Udall’s UNM law school classmates about him. There is a reason that he did not go to law school in AZ despite his considerable family connections there.

  5. Just think- we could have had Rhodes Scholar Heather Wilson as our Senator, if Pearce had only been content to be a Representative.

  6. Burke, there is not a dimes worth of difference between Heather Wilson and Tom Udall. Check out Heather Wilson’s voting record and you will see that she supported and voted for the same issues including socialized medicine that Udall does. New Mexico is a better place without her.

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