By Aaron Blake - 07/06/09 01:06 PM EDT
Pearce left his seat in 2008 to run for his state’s open Senate seat. After a hard-fought primary with then-Rep. Heather Wilson (R-N.M.), he lost a lopsided general election matchup against then-Rep. Tom UdallTom UdallSurprise resignation threatens to hobble privacy watchdog Dem bill cracks down on payday lenders Menendez wants vote on ambassador to Mexico MORE (D-N.M.).
Pearce said six months of watching Teague legislate was enough.
“I cannot let this happen to the people of New Mexico,” Pearce said. “So today, I am signing paperwork to run for the 2nd congressional district. This district needs a congressman who will fight for jobs for New Mexico families. Harry Teague won’t. I will.”
Pearce had been eying either a run at the governor’s mansion, likely against Lt. Gov. Diane Denish (D), or his old House seat. But a recent poll showed him trailing Denish by more than 20 points.
Pearce joins former Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) in seeking a seat he left just this year. Former Reps. Bill Sali (R-Idaho), Charlie Bass (R-N.H.) and Virgil Goode (R-Va.) are also looking at returning to Congress after losing in recent years.