“The question on everyone’s mind is where in the world is Martin Heinrich?,” according to a press release from Republican Party of New Mexico Executive Director Bryan Watkins. The release went on to say, “Heinrich is unwilling to show up and talk with his constituents face-to-face but he has managed to find time to hold face-to-face fundraisers with major donors. Heinrich is already showing the people of New Mexico that he values fundraising dollars more than the voices of his constituents.”
Heinrich who represents New Mexico's first congressional district is seeking to become the next Senator New Mexicans send to Washington when Jeff Bingaman retires early in 2013.
Watkins also questioned the motives behind Heinrich's seeming lack on interaction with constituents. "Martin Heinrich recently said he isn’t holding town hall meetings because security is too expensive. By contrast Congressman Steve Pearce has been holding town hall meetings all across his district without any complaint of unbearable expense. Congressman Heinrich’s excuse simply doesn’t hold water."
Heinrich who voted against Cut, Cap, and Balance legislation as well as Paul Ryan's budget plan before finally approving the debt ceiling lift that was passed earlier this month faces primary opposition from New Mexico State Auditor Hector Balderas next year.