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September 24, 2008

Tinsley campaign downplays GOP affiliation

The Republican brand in Southern New Mexico apparently isn’t as strong as it used to be.

The wife of Ed Tinsley, the Republican nominee in New Mexico’s Second District, is seen in the video above explaining to supporters that the Tinsley campaign is taking the Republican label off its yard signs and buttons.

“When the primary was over all our signs had Republican on them, and we had to have everything totally redone without the Republican. All our stickers, everything,” Meredith Tinsley says in the video.

Keep in mind that the district is the most Republican district in New Mexico, and hasn’t elected a Democrat to Congress since 1980. It gave President Bush 58 percent of the vote in 2004.

But Democrats believe they have a real chance to buck history, nominating Harry Teague, a conservative oilman who supports offshore oil drilling to represent the energy-rich district.

Since winning the primary, Tinsley’s campaign has gotten off to a rocky start. He drew unwanted scrutiny for suggesting that Teague was a “guy who will cut your throat… that will cut the bottom out of your funding” in Iraq.