U.S. Senate candidate Heather Wilson visits Fair

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Karen Bailey-Bowman/El Defensor Chieftain Socorro resident Corey Sanchez shares a plate of curly fries at the fair with Republican U. S. Senate candidate Heather Wilson Saturday.

Politicians are a familiar sight at county fairs, so it wasn’t surprising to see Republican Heather Wilson show up in Socorro on Saturday. But usually fairgoers don’t have a chance to share their lunch with a candidate running for the U.S. Senate.

That’s just what city parks employee Corey Sanchez got to do Saturday.

Sanchez shared a few curly fries with Wilson, he said.

Socorro was one stop on a whirlwind tour of Labor Day weekend events, Wilson said. She began the day in Hatch at the chile festival, then hit the Socorro County Fair in the early afternoon.

Socorro was also just one stop on Wilson’s summer county fair schedule. She has also stopped in at the Sandoval, Lea and Otero county fairs.

Wilson was philosophical about the news that the Republican National Committee had reduced its contributions to her campaign.

“New Mexico is not a presidential state,” she said, referring to the party’s move to redirect funds to toss-up states in the presidential race. But other groups, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and American Crossroads, are taking up the slack.

“My opponent Martin Heinrich got two million dollars from six environmental groups,” Wilson said.