Former Congressman Steve Pearce wants his old job back in Washington. But his record in Congress was so poor - why would the people of New Mexico want to re-hire him?
Congressman Steve Pearce. Again? Seriously?
He was named one of the most corrupt Members of Congress by the non-partisan watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. He took tens of thousands of dollars in Congressional pay raises for himself, but voted against a pay raise for the men and women fighting for our freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan.
That’s just the beginning. He suggested that we should privatize Social Security, putting billions of dollars of retirement savings at risk in the stock market. He even voted against raising the minimum wage at a time when New Mexico families are struggling to make ends meet.
With a record like that, how could we send Steve Pearce back to Washington?
Named one of the most corrupt Members of Congress
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington named Congressman Pearce one of the most corrupt Members of Congress—twice, once in 2007 and again in 2008. CREW, 9/18/2007
Took $46,000 in Congressional pay raises
During his six years in Washington, Congressman Pearce took a total of $46,000 in Congressional pay raises. He took the extra money even though he voted against raising Congressional salaries. Legistorm
Voted against a $1,500 pay bonus for our troops
Congressman Pearce has a history of voting against the interests of veterans and active duty troops. For example, in 2003, he voted against a pay bonus for the men and women fighting for our freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan. HR 3289, Vote #554, 10/17/2003
Suggested privatizing Social Security
On multiple occasions – in the press and in town halls across New Mexico – Congressman Steve Pearce suggested that we should allow citizens to gamble their Social Security check in the stock market. Social Security is designed to provide security to retiring U.S. citizens. Who is going to pay for a bankrupt elderly class? You, the taxpayer. Associated Press, 2/06/2005
Voted against raising the minimum wage.
Congressman Pearce has consistently voted against the interests of working people. For example, in 2007 he voted against increasing the federal minimum wage. HR 2206, Vote #333, 5/10/2007