Domenici has struggled with health problems over the last several years and has been dogged by questions about the role he may have played in the firing of U.S. Attorney David C. Iglesias in Albuquerque. As a result, he had been long been rumored as a potential retirement. Domenici's Senate office did not return a call this afternoon, but sources close to the senator say he will fly home to New Mexico tomorrow to make the announcement that he is retiring.
The Senate ethics committee is investigating Domenci for a phone call he placed to then-federal prosecutor Iglesias last October in a possible attempt to pressure him to indict New Mexico Democrats in a corruption probe just before the November election. Shortly after Iglesias said he rebuffed Domenici, his name appeared on a list of U.S. attorneys to be fired that was compiled by top Justice Department aides. Iglesias was dismissed Dec. 7.
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
The Club Gets Bigger
Sen. Pete Domenici is going to join Republican Sens. John Warner (Va.), Chuck Hagel (Neb.) and Wayne Allard (Colo.) and retire from the Senate in 2008. This is especially problematic for the Republicans since like Warner's Virginia and Allard's Colorado New Mexico has been moving from the Red column to the Blue column recently. Without incumbent power those seats will be even harder for the Republicans to hang on to.