Allen Weh

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Allen Weh
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Personal details
Born (1942-11-17) November 17, 1942 (age 72)
Salem, Oregon, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Rebecca Roberton
Children Ashley
Deborah
Brian
Alma mater University of New Mexico,
Albuquerque
Religion Christianity
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch USMC logo.svg United States Marine Corps
Marine Forces Reserve insignia (transparent background).png United States Marine Corps Reserve
Rank US-O6 insignia.svg Colonel
Awards

Allen Edward Weh (born November 17, 1942, Salem, Oregon) is an American politician, businessman and former Colonel in the United States Marine Corps. He was a candidate for the Republican nomination for Governor of New Mexico in the 2010 election[1] and was the Republican nominee for the United States Senate in the 2014 elections against incumbent Democratic Senator Tom Udall, to whom he lost.

Biography[edit]

He is the president and CEO of CSI Aviation Services, Inc., an international air charter and leasing services company he founded in 1979. He is a retired US Marine Corps Reserve Colonel, and he served as chairman of the New Mexico Republican Party from 2004 to 2009.[2]

Weh graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of New Mexico in 1966 and received his Master's degree from there in 1973.[3] Weh began his military service as an enlisted Marine before being selected for Officer Candidates School. He served two tours in Vietnam and with the British Royal Marines in Malaysia.[3] Weh was recalled for active duty three times before retirement: for the Persian Gulf War, for the U.S. expedition into Somalia, and to serve as chief of staff for Marine Forces Pacific, the largest field command in the Marine Corps.[3] After retiring, Weh was again called back to duty in 2003 and given a key leadership role in the creation and organization of the new Iraqi Army.[3] For his service, Weh received a Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Star Medals, one with V device, a Purple Heart with two gold stars, the Meritorious Service medal with gold star, and five Air Medals.

In 1979, Weh and his wife, Rebecca Roberton Weh, launched CSI Aviation, Inc., a worldwide company that charters flights for private, commercial and government uses.[4] In the years since, CSI has grown into a multi-million dollar company, providing air service to athletic teams, Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense, as well as leasing planes.[5][6][7][8]

Firing of US Attorneys[edit]

Dismissal of U.S. attorneys controversy

Weh complained in 2005 about then-U.S. Attorney David Iglesias to a White House aide for Karl Rove, asking that Iglesias be removed. Weh was dissatisfied with Iglesias due in part to his failure to indict New Mexico State Senator Manny Aragon on fraud and conspiracy charges. After Iglesias was dismissed, his replacement, Acting U.S. Attorney Larry Gomez brought a 26 count felony indictment against Aragon. In a plea bargain, Aragon plead guilty to three felony fraud counts. Weh followed up with, "There's nothing we've done that's wrong. It wasn't that Iglesias wasn't looking out for Republicans. He just wasn't doing his job, period."[9]

2010 gubernatorial primary[edit]

On June 1, 2010, Weh lost to his main opponent in the primary, Dona Ana County District Attorney Susana Martinez. At the end of the election, Weh came up second with the votes, as compared to opponents Susana Martinez who took the lead, Doug Turner who came to third, Pete Domenici, Jr. in fourth, and Janice Arnold Jones who came in last.[10][11] Weh conceded to Martinez shortly after 9:00 PM when Martinez held over half of the precinct votes, or 8,000 votes greater than Weh. Weh offered his congratulations to Martinez just after her decided victory".[12] Martinez went on to win the general election.

Both Martinez and Weh were chided for excessive mud-slinging and lack of party collegiality during the race.[13][14]

2014 Senate election[edit]

In the 2014 election Weh ran on the Republican ticket for United States Senate seat against the incumbent Democrat Tom Udall. In the primary he faced David Clements, also of Doña Ana County, a former assistant district attorney, and chairman of the county Republican Party.[15] In the straw poll at the Republican state convention, Clements polled a strong 47% against the well-known Weh,[15][16] but in the June primary Weh beat Clements handily 63% to 37%.[17]

In the general election Weh had the full support of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC),[18] the National Rifle Association (NRA)[19] and other groups who sponsored independent political advertisements.[20] However, in October the NRSC diverted its attention and money away from New Mexico to the six states that it thought would determine control of the Senate.[21] In the first televised debate between Udall and Weh the issues of immigration reform, job creation in New Mexico, and drought management were addressed. Weh harped on Obama's policies and Udall said that he stood on his record. Neither candidate committed any serious gaffs, and there was no clear winner of the debate.[22] A second debate was scheduled at the last minute for October 30, where issues included the national debt, Obamacare, and the economy.[23] Weh clarified his position on the minimum wage saying I break with my party on this, I’m fine with raising the minimum wage,[23] During the campaign both candidates were lambasted for muckracking and running negative campaigns.[24] Udall won with 55% of the vote.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Haussamen, Heath (9 September 2009). "Weh formally enters gubernatorial race". NMPolitics.net (Haussamen Publications, Inc.). Archived from the original on 22 October 2010. 
  2. ^ "NM Republicans elect new leader". KRQE Television. 10 January 2009. Archived from the original on 11 June 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d Weh, Allen E. "About: Allen Weh". Allen Weh 2010. Archived from the original on 2 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "About CSI Aviation". CSI Aviation. Archived from the original on 5 November 2014. 
  5. ^ http://www.allbusiness.com/transportation/air-transportation-air-charter-services/11754265-1.html[dead link]
  6. ^ Manafian, Lisa (2 February 2012). "Making the Move from Military to Civilian Work". Military.com. Archived from the original on 5 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "Focus on the Middle Market Podcast Series - Allen Weh, CEO of CSI Aviation". President & CEO Magazine (PCEO). 31 May 2013. 
  8. ^ Tanfani, Joseph (10 July 2014). "Border surge could be windfall for Senate candidate's air charter firm". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 11 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "Report: Rove was urged to oust U.S. attorney". MSNBC. 11 March 2007. Archived from the original on 5 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "Canvass of Returns of Primary Election Held on June 1, 2010 – State of New Mexico". New Mexico Secretary of State. Archived from the original on 21 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "Report: 2010 Primary Elections Results". KRQE. June 1, 2010. Archived from the original on 4 June 2010. 
  12. ^ "Report: Allen Weh concedes governor's race". KRQE. June 1, 2010. Archived from the original on 3 June 2010. 
  13. ^ "Mudslinging corrupts GOP primary: Martinez, Weh fall victim to worst instincts". Ruidoso News (Ruidoso, New Mexico). 27 May 2010. Archived from the original on 5 November 2014. 
  14. ^ Rubel, Walt (23 May 2010). "Martinez, Weh follow road less traveled". Las Cruses Sun-News. Archived from the original on 5 November 2014. 
  15. ^ a b Coleman, Michael (18 May 2014). "Clements, Weh seek GOP nod for Senate". The Albuquerque Journal. Archived from the original on June 2014. 
  16. ^ Nikolewski, Rob (1 March 2014). "Weh wins a close one as NM Republicans prepare for June primary". Capitol Report New Mexico. Archived from the original on 5 November 2014. 
  17. ^ "Official Results Primary - June 3, 2014 Federal". New Mexico Secretary of State. 10 June 2014. Archived from the original on 5 November 2014. 
  18. ^ "Congratulations Allen Weh On Your New Mexico Primary Victory". ational Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC). Archived from the original on 29 August 2014. 
  19. ^ "NRA Endorses Allen Weh for U.S. Senate in New Mexico". National Rifle Association. Archived from the original on 5 November 2014. 
  20. ^ Fish, Sandra (3 November 2014). "Super PAC takes aim at Udall in final weekend before election". New Mexico Telegram. Archived from the original on 5 November 2014. 
  21. ^ "NRSC Moves Its Money to Six Senate Races". Electoral-Vote.com. 12 October 2014. Archived from the original on 5 November 2014. 
  22. ^ Bryan, Susan Montoya (30 October 2014). "Udall, Weh square off in first and only debate". Lexington Herald-Leader. Archived from the original on 5 November 2014. 
  23. ^ a b Klarer, Kris (October 2014). "Weh, Udall face off in second and final debate". New Mexico News Port. Archived from the original on 5 November 2014. 
  24. ^ Simonich, Milan (4 November 2014). "Lies stretched to new extremes in this year’s election". The Santa Fe New Mexican. Archived from the original on 5 November 2014. 
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Preceded by
Steve Pearce
Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from New Mexico
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