Salary: $174,000 per year • Term: Six years • Tasks: Drafts and votes on legislation • District: New Mexico
While we share many of Anderson's philosophies, he lacks the energy and pragmatism needed to advance them in the Senate. Barrie's civil liberties stances are great, but much of his platform is disastrously right-wing and unrealistic. Plus, he's lived in N.M. for only three years or so—how can he be confident that he represents our ideals? And Wilson is flat-out not in sync with the people she wants to represent. Her former congressional voting record was overwhelmingly in line with President George W. Bush with a couple of rare but shining exceptions. Her stances are simply a terrible fit for both this era and these constituents. Heinrich is the clear choice to succeed Sen. Jeff Bingaman. Heinrich is conservation-minded, diplomatic and capable. He has a good record on civil rights issues. (We're particularly grateful for his stances on the Patriot Act and Dream Act.) He has forward-thinking ideas about strengthening our local economy, and he's protective of lower and middle class interests. Heinrich once again gets our enthusiastic endorsement.