Thursday, July 02, 2009

Former Rep. Wilson to travel to Africa

I found this interesting item on Heath Haussamen's New Mexico Politics blog
Former U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson is traveling to Africa today to “engage with government ministers and teach candidates and parliamentary staff about communications, constituent service and running elections,” according to a note posted on her Facebook page (Note: You have to be her friend on FB to see the details)
The former congresswoman explained the purpose of her trip in an interview for the Inside the Beltway column by Michael Coleman of the Albuquerque Journal
“While in Sudan, I will be meeting with the Speaker of the Southern Sudan Parliament, conducting training and consultations with their legislators who are involved national security and international affairs matters, training the staffs of legislators on constituent service and communications, and speaking at a women’s leadership conference sponsored by the UN Mission in Sudan and the US Agency for International Development.
“I will also be meeting with the leaders of all of the political parties in Southern Sudan about preparations for elections in 2010 and making sure that election is legitimate.
“In Kenya, I will be meeting with the Minister of State for Defense and members of the Kenyan Parliament involved in national security matters.”
Mr. Haussamen noted that Wilson was invited to make the trip by the International Republican Institute, which is paying for the trip.

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