Skip to comments.D.A. Joins GOP Field for New Mexico Governor
Posted on 07/20/2009 6:01:10 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
Many first-time hopefuls for statewide office at least go through the formality of setting up an "exploratory" committee before officially announcing their candidacies.
Not Republican Susana Martinez, the district attorney in New Mexico's Doña Ana County. She launched her campaign in her state's 2010 open-seat race for governor on Friday without going through an in-between stage.
"I'm ready to get to work," she said Friday.
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Dona Ana County voted strongly Democrat in the past few elections and has a solid Democrat majority. Yet Susana Martinez keeps winning reelection. I think she has potential.
I follow Joe Monahan’s blog (however lib-leaning it is), but I don’t think Martinez is likely to be a Gubernatorial nominee, but she’d probably be better suited to running for Lt Governor or Attorney-General.
You make an interesting point. Of course, all of the GOP candidates seem to be second-tier in terms of name ID. Ms. Martinez would make a good Lieutenant Governor running mate, based on what I’ve read about her.
Isn’t Heather Wilson running for Governor?
Wilson hasn’t made up her mind yet.
Heather Wilson would be a good candidate for Governor. Sheriff Darren White ought to make another go at Wilson’s Congressional seat. Steve Pearce might try to go for his old house seat again. It sinks that New Mexico’s delegation is all Dem now.
She hasn’t declared, but she’s the only real first-tier candidate we have since Steve Pearce has decided to go and reclaim his House seat. Denish is beatable if we wrap all of Richardson’s baggage around her neck (and frankly, she empowered him - she was the one he physically groped, which the media would call “molestation” were Richardson a Republican, and decided to stay on his ticket with the presumption he’d be leaving before the end of his second term, and she’d become Governor). We can’t allow Denish to disconnect herself from him.
White will not seek a rematch.
Had Pete Domenici not had his health problems and had chosen to retire as he did (although let’s face it, the health problems were likely the only reason why he did retire, otherwise we’d still have the seat), he’d have been the 800-lb. gorilla that could’ve waltzed into the Governorship (even at 78) as the capstone of his career. The Governorship was what he originally wanted back in 1970.
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