Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas Greetings From The Guv And Differing Views Over Santa Fe's Mayor Race 

Here's the annual Christmas card from Governor Martinez and her family that has been landing in mailboxes across the state--especially those belonging to Republican households.

Pictured are the Governor and husband Chuck Franco;  her stepson Carlo; her sister Lettie and Mica the family dog.


Former NM Democratic Party Chairman Javier Gonzales lags considerably in the first round of polling for the March Santa Fe mayoral election. We opined recently that the nature of the race hasn't changed much, despite an effort to lasso contender Patti Bushee over her campaign fund-raising. That drew an opposing view from Gonzales political consultant Scott Forrester:

Joe, The mayor's race has changed: Candidates Rebecca Werzberger and Roman Abeyta have dropped out and endorsed Javier. Both were at 8% in polling and at least 80% of their voters will go for Javier. Labor endorsements matter in Santa Fe according to the last public poll and Javier has received the endorsements of the Northern Central Labor Council and the NM Building Trades. Javier has done over 45 house parties and picked up big endorsements that matter in Santa Fe like Valerie Plame and the well known environmentalist Bill Debuys.

Skeptics of Forrester's view say Gonzales should be leading in the polls considering his high name ID. They argue Bushee's big lead is a harbinger of things to come. We'll see...


Former NM GOP Chairman Allen Weh is expected to announce for US Senate in January. He will be joining southern NM attorney David Clements who has already tossed his hat in the race for the GOP nomination for the US Senate seat held by Dem Tom Udall. Clements' campaign says:

Clements announced he has retained the services of Tyler Harber of Harden Global. He will serve as Chief Strategist and Communications Consultant. Harden Global is a  Republican strategy and communications consulting firm servicing clients nationally.

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