New Group Doubles Down in New Mexico; Calls Congressman Steve Pearce A Dangerous Retread

Oct 26, 2010, 11:30 ET from Accountability 2010

BOSTON, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Accountability 2010, a newly-formed nonpartisan group dedicated to exposing politicians who sell out Main Street America to serve special interests in Washington, announced today that it is doubling its ad buy against Steve Pearce, the former Congressman trying to win his job back in New Mexico's 2nd District.

"People are frustrated by Washington, but we will not change the game by sending back a Washington has been," said Brooke Coleman, the group's spokesman. "This is the same Steve Pearce that presided over one of the most out-of-control, irresponsible and reckless government spending sprees in history from 2002 to 2008."

The group went on to call Mr. Pearce a "dangerous retread," who preaches the Main Street gospel about jobs and small government at election time, but immediately abandons it when he gets to Washington.

"This is the same guy who guarded tax loopholes for multi-billion dollar foreign corporations, but worked against a bill to alleviate taxes for working Americans; the same guy who says our debt to China is a problem, yet voted year after year to increase national debt caps; the same guy that sent our troops overseas, then voted against veterans' health care improvements and a $1500 wage increase for our men and women in uniform."

The group called on the Pearce Campaign to answer allegations that he paid for his private plane with taxpayer funds funneled through third-party entities incorporated and run by the former Congressman and his wife. "It is not illegal to own a private plane," Coleman said. "But if he's paying for it with public money funneled through a third party, then it calls into question what he is preaching about government spending and accountability."

The group's television advertisement, inspired by the popular 2008 "interview ad" run by Governor Bill Richardson, features a man interviewing Pearce about why he deserves his old job back in Congress. The interviewer, reading from Pearce's resume, is unimpressed by his track record related to corruption charges, personal pay raises and veterans benefits.

The group's increased investment in New Mexico comes on the heels of an announcement by a national Democratic group that it will spend less than anticipated in New Mexico's 2nd District.

To view the Pearce ad, and learn more about Congressman Steve Pearce's failed record in Washington, visit:

SOURCE Accountability 2010