New Mexico: Pearce’s Money Boosted by Former Colleagues

Posted October 14, 2009 at 6:50pm

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (Texas) and Congressional Republicans are going all in to help former Rep. Steve Pearce take back New Mexico’s 2nd district.

The NRCC, which is bullish about Pearce’s prospects of unseating freshman Rep. Harry Teague (D), gave Pearce $5,000 in the third quarter, and Sessions chipped in another $5,000 from his political action committee and $2,000 from his personal campaign committee, helping push the Republican past $500,000 for the period.

Pearce raised $452,000 from individuals and another $55,000 from PACs and party committees to reach that huge total. Other House Republicans, including Minority Leader John Boehner (Ohio) and Reps. Lamar Smith (Texas), Spencer Bachus (Ala.), John Kline (Minn.) and John Mica (Fla.), also donated to Pearce’s campaign.

Pearce served three terms representing the district before vacating his post to run for Senate in 2008. He won a contested primary but ultimately lost the general election.

His decision to try to reclaim his seat in the GOP-leaning district makes it a top prospect for the party as it tries to regain seats in 2010.

Teague has yet to report his third-quarter fundraising totals.