Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Preprimary Leftovers: King And Lopez Futures, And: About Those Petition Signatures, Also: Our Rep. Archuleta Interview And Today Is Filing Day for State House Seats 

Thanks for stopping by for some Tuesday blogging. . . .

Attorney General Gary King said Monday he's not going away. King finished last in the five way Dem Guv preprimary contest. King's decision to stay in raises the question of how much of his personal wealth he will contribute to his effort. After the Saturday debacle, his fund-raising will take a major hit...

A spokeswoman for Guv contender Linda Lopez tells us the ABQ state Senator who finished fourth at the preprimary is gathering additional petition signatures so she can be placed on the June 3 primary ballot.

Some Dems are urging Lopez to stay in as she is the only woman in the race in a party in which women are the majority. Also, Lopez came up only a point and half short of the required 20 percent to make the ballot. King commanded just 10.5% of the delegates in his fifth place finish.


Hold the email, political junkies. We are fully aware that Gary King submitted 10,000 petition signatures to qualify for the preprimary. But that does not "automatically" place him on the June 3 primary ballot after he failed to get the required 20 percent of the preprimary vote. From the secretary of state's Primary Guide:

Candidates who have sought pre-primary designation, but did not receive it, file a second Declaration of Candidacy and any additional nominating petitions required on either March 11, 2014, or 10 days after the date of the preprimary convention, whichever is later, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

It takes 2,186 signatures for the Guv candidates to qualify for the preprimary. if they fail to get 20 percent of delegate support at the preprimary they must file another 2,186 to be placed on the June 3  ballot.

King--as well as other candidates in the past--have said the signatures they collected before the preprimary can be applied to meet the additional requirement and they have been accepted.

But does the law seem intended to put up an additional hurdle to prevent a frivolous candidacy? Namely, that you go out and get fresh qualifying signatures to demonstrate that despite your failure at the preprimary, you still have significant public support to continue your candidacy?

It's an interesting "in the weeds" discussion. Perhaps the secretary of state can give some guidance...


And is it worth mentioning at this point in our little discussion that no candidate in state history has won a primary election if they did not win at least 20 percent of the preprimary vote?. . . .


What if second place finisher Alan Webber had put up $100,000 worth of TV ads prior to the preprimary? Could he have stolen the show from first place finisher Howie Morales? The psychological impact might have swayed enough delegates to put Webber in first? Whatever the case, the Santa Fe businessman will now dig deep into his deep pockets to keep his momentum going. . . .


He may be a fresh face on the statewide scene but Howie Morales is not a freshman state Senator as we erroneous said on the mammoth blog we did on the preprimary Monday.

Morales was appointed to his Senate seat In January 2008 by Governor Richardson. He replaced Sen, Ben Altimirano who died a month earlier. Morales was elected to a four year term later in 2008 and re-elected in 2012. So he's a two term Senator--not a freshman. But considering voter opinion of the place, he probably wouldn't mind if folks thought he hasn't been in Santa Fe very long. . . .

And one of our analysts said that Morales would be attacked for being an "intellectual lightweight." A friend of Morales ribbed back, saying:

When did earning a Ph.D equate to being an intellectual lightweight in this country?

Morales has a doctorate in education and has served as a special education teacher and baseball coach.
Governor Martinez has a law degree, but that doesn't stop her from also taking hits for being a "lightweight."


Today is filing day for candidates for the 70 seats in the state House of Representatives. With Republicans saying they are mounting a major effort to take control of the chamber from the Dems, the filings will be more closely watched than ever (Links to keep track of who files today are posted at the bottom of today's blog).


Rep. Archuleta
One of the House seats that has generated much speculation belongs to Dona Ana County Dem Rep. Phil Archuleta. In his first interview regarding his future, I spoke with Phil from the rehabilitation facility where he is recovering from having his leg amputated and associated health issues. Archuleta reiterated to me what his friends previously said--that he will seek re-election.

Archuleta missed the entire legislative session this year, but says he expects to be released from rehab in a couple of weeks. He also said "I would never do that" when asked to address scuttlebutt that he would file his candidacy  but withdraw after the June primary so a replacement could be named.

"I am going to continue to fight in the Legislature for working men and women and for the people who can't fend for themselves," said the 69 year old.

Former State Rep. Andy Nunez, 79, has said he will run as a Republican against Archuleta.


Depending on their districts, state House candidates will file their candidacies. Secretary of State Duran will post the filings as they occur on the SOS website as they occur and Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver will post local filings on the county website.

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