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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Big Bill's New Tube Spots; Do They Hit The Spot? Plus: Reining in Mayor Marty, And: Our Quotes Of The Day 

Big Bill's latest TV ads try to separate him from the pack with a humorous pitch, but they don't jump off the screen at you like the funny spot he aired for his Guv race last year in which he appeared dressed as a sheriff, bellies up the bar and orders a glass of milk. His campaign says these new spots, in which he is seen applying for a job with a skeptical interviewer, is an effort to "make light of the political establishment's view of the Governor's campaign."

Funny and effective? Or too clever by half? Opinion will probably be split, but Richardson is not going to hurt himself with these ads. He hovers at around 5% in key Iowa. His worst enemy now is not the size of his campaign treasury--although that could use some bolstering--it is his own impatience. We saw what anxiety can do to him in the last Dem prez debate.

It is Big Bill's talent at one-to-one campaigning that keeps him a threat, albeit a long shot one, to the rest of the field. With TV ads giving him needed name ID, the Governor needs to meet as many people personally to nail down the vote. Richardson with a big TV buy could be potent. Combined with a patient candidate committed to camping out in Iowa and New Hampshire, he could be dangerous.

MORE TUBE TALK

Here's another TV ad using humor--of the dark variety-- but it seems to hit its target-- Republican members of Congress who have run into ethical or legal trouble. New Mexico's own Heather Wilson makes an appearance in the piece from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for her role in the US attorney scandal. The ad is a take-off on the hit show "Law and Order," complete with soundtrack.

WHERE IS HE?

Are you addicted to Big Bill news? Do you lose sleep if you don't know where he's going to be next? Well, for those deeply concerned and the rest of us, here is the place to track the Guv's daily Prez schedule (and that of the other candidates) and how often he is visiting each early primary state. (He's on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno Friday night) Now get some sleep.

Also in TV related news, Gerges Scott, executive producer of news at ABQ's KRQE-TV, says the "daily grind" is the reason he is leaving the station at the end of the month. The CBS affiliate has gone from #3 to #1 in the 10 p.m. news ratings in recent years. Gerges is a political junkie who formerly served as spokesman for the state corrections department.

SIC 'EM BRAD
Councilor Winter
Not everyone thinks it "would be good for the city" if ABQ Mayor Marty Chavez and City Councilor Brad Winter were to "bury the hatchet" as we opined in our May 3 blog. Several e-mails egged Winter on, saying his opposition to Chavez serves to keep the powerful mayor in check.

As one correspondent put it, if Winter didn't take on His Honor "there would be streetcars on Central, more (red light) cameras, higher fines, and administrative penalties for drinking Starbucks and driving."

No Starbucks while driving? Forget about the mayor going for that. He's an at least once-a-day user. So is rival, Light Guv Diane Denish.

Meantime, Winter says he has no plans to seek the mayor's job in 2009. He ran in '05 and was defeated by Chavez in a campaign that escalated the feud between the two.

Mention of that controversial plan, now in the deep freeze, to build an expensive street car on Central Avenue, steers us to the reasoning on why Mr. and Mrs., Albuquerque didn't have much use for it--they have a bus system they are spending good money on and to expand as necessary. Sometimes it is that simple.

GOP IRAQ CRACK

The crack in the GOP over the no-end-in-sight Iraq war we have been telling you is coming broke into the open Wednesday as it was revealed a group of "moderate House Republicans" met with Bush telling him if things don't get better R's are going to start peeling away. ABQ GOP Congresswoman Heather Wilson has been portrayed as a moderate, but she has not been one on Iraq despite nearly losing her seat over the issue last November. Will she eventually be one of the R's breaking over this war policy? The pressure is growing.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"They do it because they believe in the Governor,'' says Big Bill Prez deputy campaign manger Amanda Cooper on why the Governor's cabinet has donated nearly $50,000 to his national campaign.

And we thought they did it because they believe in full employment.

SECOND QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Covering New Mexico politics is like going to graduate school in political science." So said John Foster, former news editor of Espanóla's Rio Grande Sun as he was named the new executive director of the Idaho Democratic Party.

Foster and his news crew did highly critical stories on Big Bill for the feisty paper, including one on the Guv's use of state planes. Foster is probably safe from any immediate Big Bill inquires. Idaho is not an early primary state.

Thanks to photog Mark Bralley for the shot of Brad Winter, and thanks to you for stopping by. Have political news or comments? Send them via the email link at the top of the page. Interested in advertising here? Just drop us a line.


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