While Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., is on the ropes in his bid for re-election, his cousin, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., is now trying to fend off the momentum of retired U.S. Marine Corps Col. Allen Weh, who is near or within the margin of error in the latest polls.
Just a week ago, Udall led Weh by 16 points. Since then, an Albuquerque Journal survey shows a seven-point race (50-43) while a Vox Populi poll released Monday suggests a 47-43 Udall lead. Weh said another poll has the margin down to two percentage points, and there are good reasons for the 11th-hour momentum.
“We’ve presented a sharp contrast to Tom Udall. It’s been done based on his record. I’ve made no personal attacks on the man and don’t intend to and don’t have to,” said Weh, citing the economy, health care, national security and “other
lesser-related issues in New Mexico” as the areas of sharpest difference.
“On every one of those, Tom Udall’s on the wrong side of the issue,” he said. “He cast the deciding vote for Obamacare that stripped $716 billion out of Medicare, and that’s starting to hurt seniors right now as we speak. That was a train wreck. He made it worse.”
On the economy, Weh said the two couldn’t be more different because they come at issues like economic growth and job creation from opposite directions.
“He’s been a career politician,” he said. “He’s never created a job or saved a job in his life. I created a business, and I can relate to that and I can relate to helping stimulate our economy and what it needs to have done to do that.”
However, Weh may be most frustrated with Udall’s performance on national security issues. Weh is a retired United States Marine Corps colonel who was awarded a Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, three Purple Hearts and five Air Medals among other honors for his heroism in combat. Weh, 71, served the nation in uniform in Vietnam, the Gulf War, Somalia and the Iraq War. He is appalled by Udall’s foreign policy and military records both personally and professionally.
“On national security, no contest,” he said. “He’s never served in uniform a day in his life. In fact in 1970, when he graduated from college, he decided to go to England to avoid service in Vietnam. That may not matter to a lot of people, but I’ll tell you what. It matters to a whole lot of Vietnam veterans.”
Listen to the WND/Radio America interview with retired U.S. Marine Corps Col. Allen Weh here.
This is the arena Weh sees himself having the greatest and most immediate impact if elected to the Senate. He believes President Obama needs to get congressional authorization for a long-term military campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, but first he says the U.S. needs a real plan to win.
“We don’t have a comprehensive strategy. The national command authority, the president, has not woken up to the fact that this is an existential threat to the United States and acted accordingly. He’s dealing with it almost in a way to just make it go away,” said Weh, who accused Udall of marching in lockstep with Obama.
“Unfortunately, my opponent, Tom Udall, votes with him 94 percent of the time and on matters of national security hasn’t broken with him. So when the president’s failed leadership, or leading from behind at best, Tom Udall’s never had the political courage to step up and say, ‘Hey Mr. President, you’re the commander in chief. You’ve got to do what’s right to keep America safe and America’s families safe.’ He hasn’t done that,” Weh said.
The 26-year Marine Corps veteran said his voice is badly needed in the Senate.
“That particular part of my life is going to be put to good use. Right now, there’s only one combat veteran in the United States Senate (Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.). If I’m elected, I’ll be one of two or three,” said Weh, referring also to Iraq War veteran Tom Cotton who is the GOP nominee in Arkansas.
“That’s not a whole lot of men who’ve had that experience,” he said.