Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Wilson Says She Works Hard for State.(New Mexico & The West)

Byline: John J. Lumpkin Journal Staff Writer

ELECTION 2000 FIRST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT RACE

Republican Rep. Heather Wilson gives herself high marks after her first two-years-and-change in Congress.

"I work very hard," she said. "I think I'm good at what I do."

Her message hasn't changed much since her 1998 campaigns, in which she twice defeated millionaire Phil Maloof to retain the seat for the Republican Party. She succeeded Steve Schiff, who died in office.

This time, she's taking on John Kelly, a more experienced, less wealthy candidate than Maloof. She is beating him in the polls.

She still is talking education and tax cuts, and her campaign has the same "fighting for our families" slogan.

Democrats generally characterize her as a right-winger. Republicans say she is a moderate. She calls herself independent.

So where is she? Wilson usually votes with the majority on financial, military and foreign policy issues.

But some of her other votes don't line up with the Republican majority she voted to allow gay couples in Washington, D. …

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