Congressman Steve Pearce of the oil patch may be the biggest hypocrite I have ever known. He has been constantly whining that the federal government is always organizing land grabs that hurt his constituents, the oil and gas boys. Yes, we have been lucky in New Mexico to get to great new National Monuments designated by President Obama. This was done after years of public meetings and congressional hearings and input from every interested party. Yet, Pearce still insists it is a land grab.
Now, Pearce who is chagrined because a renewable energy power line will be built on the northern edge of the White Sands Missile Range, has secretly put an amendment on a bill that would give the defense department control over 300,000 acres of Bureau of Land Management Land. No public hearings, no input from interested parties, no notification of anyone including hard scrabble ranchers in the area who are feeling blindsided by a guy who usually will support them and their subsidies on public lands.
This all makes Pearce look pathetic and the Defense Department look scurrilous. Maybe this giant blunder will give some added wind to the sails of his opponent in November. Send Rocky Lara a check even if she isn't in your district. Pearce needs to be shown the door.