Sunday, March 14, 2010

A Look at Saturday's Democratic Pre-Primary Convention

Here's my story in The New Mexican on Saturday's Democratic Pre-primary Convention at Buffalo Thunder Resort in Pojoaque Pueblo: CLICK HERE.

In it I examine whether the recent controversies coming out of the Secretary of State's Office -- namely recently-resigned Elections Bureau director A.J. Salazar's accusations of ethics and election code violations -- could end up affecting Diane Denish's race for governor by providing fodder for Republicans beating the anti-corruption drum.

State Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino thinks so. "It puts a pallor on the party," he said. "People are going to say, 'There go the Democrats again.' "

But State Treasurer James Lewis thinks not. "She is hardworking and dedicated," Lewis told me said. "She'll do well."

Denish meanwhile said she believes the allegations should be thoroughly investigated. But she said, "We're all running independent races," she said. "This campaign is about jobs and the economy."

I don't think we've heard the last of this discussion.


Democrats stopped the hand count of ballots about 9 p.m. Saturday and will resume today. The main issue there are whether state Rep. Joe Campos will find the extra vote he needs to reach the magic 20 mpercent mark to get his name on the ballot.

Similarly, Santa Fe County Commissioner, who received more than 19 percent of the vote in the Land Commission race, is trying to find the few more votes in the recount he needs to get on the ballot.