The same day that she met with Donald Trump, former U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson wrote in a letter to staff at the South Dakota School of Mines that the transition team contacted her over the possibility of serving in his administration. NM Political Report confirmed with communications staff the email was sent from Wilson to staff at the South Dakota School of Mines. Wilson has been president at the school since June of 2013. Wilson sent the email Monday afternoon, after news broke that she was at Trump Tower. “They asked me to travel to New York to talk to them this morning about possibly becoming the Director of National Intelligence,” Wilson wrote.
Former New Mexico congresswoman Heather Wilson looks to be in the running for a key national security position in the Donald Trump administration. Serafin Gomez of Fox News first reported on Twitter that Wilson, now president of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, is being considered for the position of director of National Intelligence. A spokeswoman for the school confirmed to NM Political Report Trump’s transition team has been in contact with Wilson. “President Wilson was contacted by the President-elect’s transition team late Friday afternoon,” Communications Manager Fran LeFort wrote in a statement. “They asked her to come to New York on Monday to talk to them about a senior national security position.
ByAbby Livingston and Patrick Svitek, The Texas Tribune |
At a Wednesday afternoon rally in Indianapolis, Ted Cruz named former presidential rival Carly Fiorina as his would-be running mate if he can manage to snag the Republican presidential nomination from frontrunner Donald Trump. Cruz, who had promised hours earlier to make a “major announcement” Wednesday afternoon, had declined to say earlier in the day whether he planned to name a running mate then. Campaigning earlier Wednesday in Indianapolis, Cruz told reporters he would make his announcement at a rally in the city at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Earlier this week, Cruz’s campaign announced that it had come up with a short list of potential candidates for vice president and that it was vetting Fiorina, the former Hewlett Packard CEO and former presidential candidate. While he declined to say whether he planned to name a running mate at the rally, Cruz reiterated his criteria for such a selection.
The Republican Party of New Mexico’s biggest fundraiser of the year netted one of the candidates seeking the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and former candidate for U.S. Senate in California, keynoted the Silver Elephant Event fundraiser Saturday night at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya in Bernalillo. Roughly 325 people, including Gov. Susana Martinez, U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce and a slew of local Republican legislators, came to the event, which cost a minimum of $200 per plate. Although she has received plenty of media coverage so far, Fiorina is a longshot candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. Real Clear Politics, which averages the latest public opinion polls across the country, currently shows Fiorina with just 1.5 percent support among national Republicans, putting her in 14th place of a potential 15 Republican presidential candidates.
One member of the already crowded field for the Republican presidential nomination will headline an Albuquerque fundraiser for the Republican Party of New Mexico. Carly Fiorina is a former candidate for U.S. Senate in California and the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard. “Carly is an example of a diverse set of Republican candidates who are ready to take on the status quo and push for pragmatic solutions to our country’s problems,” said Debbie Maestas Chairwoman for the Republican Party of New Mexico in a statement this week. The fundraiser will be a Silver Elephant Dinner on May 30. The Republican Party of New Mexico first announced the selection in March, but it received new attention after Fiorina announced her presidential bid this week.