Our View: A re-election fight that isn’t — yet

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Posted: Saturday, April 13, 2013 8:00 pm

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is cruising to re-election.

Some 18 months out from the November 2014 general election, the popular incumbent faces little opposition. Only one Democrat, Attorney General Gary King, has announced his candidacy, and his money disadvantage is pronounced. She has $1.5 million on hand, while he’s down to his last $100,000 or so.

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  • Khal Spencer posted at 2:18 pm on Thu, Apr 18, 2013.

    Khal Spencer Posts: 416

    An advantage the next Democratic candidate will have is that he/she will not be running for the Governor's job under the shadow of Bill Richardson. Diane Denish was a solid candidate but had to deal with her association, for better or worse, with the Richardson administration.

    While Gov. Martinez may not be everything this Democrat would want in a governor, she is a reasonable, moderate Republican, something I have not said too often about those in That Other Party. Try as they might, the Donks will not be able to paint her as a mouth breathing extremist--there are far better examples of that breed in the New Mexico GOP.

    Martinez' positions on educational reform and driver's license reform are, IMO, very defensible and her positions on moderate forms of gun control will attract moderate Democrats who shy from either extreme on that issue. Economic issues are not entirely under a governor's control. As far as personality, I've met her (at one of Jim Hall's fundraisers) and she is approachable and likeable. On some issues, I am admittedly closer to her than to those in my own party.

    So its up to the Donks to find someone who can attract the center. Its not just about the money, but about finding the right person and the right positions. But not too far right.

  • HopALong posted at 4:54 am on Wed, Apr 17, 2013.

    HopALong Posts: 13

    A lifelong Dem, I voted for Martinez and will continue to vote for Martinez because Dems have run this state into the ground. I firmly support closing the loopholes for illegal aliens who acquire jobs, bank loans etc etc all on their false ID. Every administration has their 2700 coffee pot: Bill Richardson's were legion, one is spelled RAIL RUNNER. Dems sat and did nothing for years but promote cronyism and watch as the budgets spiraled downwards. If you call that 'leadership' I suggest you move to California.

  • Joe Savoldi posted at 9:57 am on Sun, Apr 14, 2013.

    joesavoldi Posts: 20

    Why would I buy an "affordable" subscription to a newspaper with editors with views like the above? With all the corruption that has existed under Democrat total control, how in the world can u advocate a return to it. Every elected state official except for the governor is Dem. That isn't enough for you?...Democrat means corruption and free lunch for those who vote Dem...


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