ALBUQUERQUE, NM -- Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Steve Pearce today issued the following statement on the announcement by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) that he will retire at the end of his term:

“I would like to offer my congratulations and best wishes to Senator Udall on his upcoming retirement. Tom was my colleague in the Congress and also a worthy opponent when I challenged him for the Senate seat he won in 2008. He’s been a devoted public servant and advocate for his constituents in New Mexico and I am proud to call Tom my friend.

“Given the Democrats progressive trend, they will likely nominate someone who is far too liberal to represent New Mexico. As chairman of the Republican Party of New Mexico, I can unequivocally state that our candidate will provide a clear contrast with anyone whom the Democrats recruit to run. “

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