Former Congressman Wants Old Job Back

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) - Steve Pearce of Hobbs, who represented New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District for three terms, wants the job again.

Pearce announced Monday he is signing paperwork to seek the Republican nomination for the seat he gave up last year to run for the U.S. Senate.  Pearce did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment.

Last week, he said that he was trying to decide whether to run for governor or Congress, but would do what was best for the Republican Party.  Pearce lost in November to Democrat Tom Udall to fill the seat being vacated by longtime Sen. Pete Domenici.

Democrat Harry Teague succeeded Pearce in the southern New Mexico district.  Pearce, in an e-mail sent by People for Pearce, says he is disappointed in Teague's voting record in his first six months in office.