Thursday, November 14, 2013

Dems Huge Money Gap With Susana Prompts Party Debate, Plus: Susana Continues Travels, And: Looking Back: How NM Flipped From R To D Way Back When 

The immense money gap between early Dem Guv front runner Gary King and Governor Martinez has King's rivals for the '14 nomination saying that the attorney general just doesn't have the muscle to take out Martinez and the party needs to look to one of them. They are using evidence like this to make their case:

Gary King's three contribution and expenditure reports show that he has raised to date about $429,000 in cash and in-kind contributions. That includes a $45,500 loan King made to his own campaign. Out of this, King has spent $161,000 on his fundraiser--LA Harris and AssociatesIf you subtract out the $45,500 he loaned himself, that means of the $380,717 in cash he actually raised, over 42% has gone to his fundraiser. 

Since taking office in 2011, Martinez has collected about $3.8 million in cash and in-kind contributions, compared to the $429,000 (including the $45,000 personal loan) that King has collected. King announced his candidacy in July 2012.

ABQ state Sen. Linda Lopez is also taking hits for lackluster fund-raising. She reported last month raising only $25,000 since announcing her bid in April.

One thing King has going for him is considerable personal wealth as does Santa Fe Democrat Alan Webber. State Sen. Howie Morales recently announced his bid. His first finance announcement will be closely watched to see if he can make a move. Ditto for Lawrence Rael who is soon to enter the race.

The next fund-raising reports are not due until April 7. That is past the March pre-primary convention where delegates will vote on which Guv andidates should be placed on the June primary ballot, but candidates will be pressured to show the money before then.


Chaves County Dem Chairman Fred Moran argued here Tuesday that Dem Guv candidates having trouble raising cash should get out of the race by Dec. 31 and let the strong go on. Another Dem reader disagrees:

The more the merrier. Here's why: Martinez will win the governor's race if her numbers are not driven down. When five candidates for the Democratic nomination spend their time constantly going after her conduct in office instead of just one or two, they stand a much better chance of educating the public. 

The Democratic base is sick and tired of what they see as a spineless, self-defeating party, and will back the candidates who best demonstrate a willingness to take on Martinez. Sure money matters. But, with contribution caps in place, the real money is going to go to the independent expenditure groups, which Martinez recognized early on by meeting with the Koch Brothers in Bernalillo. 

The only way the big money independent groups on the Democratic side will come into this race is if they see aggressive campaigning against Martinez during the primary. A word of caution to those running: the base does not want to see Democrats attacking Democrats. Why do Martinez's job for her? Sell your strengths and your willingness to go toe-to-toe with the Martinez machine.


Gov. Martinez continues her extensive out of state travels and the Alligators have a question about an upcoming event. Will Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer show up when Susana appears next Tuesday at a fund-raiser for the Arizona GOP?

Martinez was a no-show for a NM GOP fund-raiser held in September that featured Brewer as the special guest. That fund-raiser was hosted by a number of GOP heavyweights who have clashed with Martinez, including ABQ businessman Tom Tinnin and former party chairman Harvey Yates, Jr.


UNM President Robert Frank was among those attending ABQ Mayor Berry's annual state of the city address at the ABQ Convention Center Wednesday. He posted this pic of the event.

Berry, 51, will be giving four more state of the city speeches as a result of his re-election last month. His new term starts December 1 when he will be inaugurated and give another speech.

The full state of the city speech can be seen and  read here.

In his speech, Berry reiterated his trademark optimism about the city economy, pointing out that recent tax collections reflecting economic activity are headed up:

Gross receipt revenues have increased each month over the past 10 months, and so far, our current budget year showed growth of 3.1 percent when compared to the same period last year.

But even as he spoke to a noon audience that included Gov. Martinez, more news was moving across the wires demonstrating how sticky this recession is for our area:

New Mexico’s community banks had the worst loan growth rate through the second quarter of banks in the eight-state Rocky Mountain region, according to a report by the Hovde Group consulting firm. The state’s median loan growth rate was 0.6 percent through the first six months of the year, below the regional median of 3.9 percent. Twenty of New Mexico’s 46 locally chartered banks had negative loan growth through the second quarter.


We recently hit upon the topic of how New Mexico flipped from a GOP dominated state in the early 1930's to a Dem dominated one. Reader Michael Lamb dug further into the matter and came with this from NMSU:

"As the jobless population grew, (Republican) President Hoover ('29-'33) resisted calls to combat unemployment by financing public service jobs. He encouraged the creation of such jobs, but said it was up to state and local governments to pay for them. He also believed that relieving the suffering of the unemployed was solely up to local governments and private charities."

"During the Great Depression, nearly 10,000 Hispanic villagers from the northern part of the state migrated to work in beet and potato fields, mines and smelters, and the sheep and railroad camps of Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Montana. As these jobs disappeared, the workers came home to worse conditions. Communities, counties and eventually the state itself ran out of money. New Mexico became insolvent in 1933 and turned to the federal government for help." 

Thanks for that, Michael. I don't know much about the NM insolvency of '33, but understand it gets some coverage in William Keleher's "Memoirs: Episodes in New Mexico History-1892-1969.


On Friday, November 15th, at 9 p.m. at Art Bar by Catalyst Club (119 Gold St. SW) nationally recognized social satirist and comedian Jamie Kilstein will bring his brand of politically irreverent comedy to Albuquerque. Kilstein will headline a fundraiser for the Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program...

In a first draft Tuesday, we blogged that those opposing the late term ban on abortion spent $300,000 on TV ads. The correct figure is around $110,000.

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