Thursday, November 8, 2012

McCleskey on TV

Jay McCleskey, Gov. Susana Martinez's political consultant,  wouldn't talk to me last week for my profile of him in The New Mexican. But he did talk to Matt Grubbs on KNME's In Focus, which airs tomorrow night.

On the clip below, he acknowledges this year was a tough one for Republicans in this state. He also talks about how the Albuquerque-area 1st Congressional District -- in which Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham handily defeated Janis Arnold Jones -- has grown more Democratic in the last 10 years. Republican Heather Wilson held the seat for 10 years, but by 2006 (an even worse year for Republicans almost everywhere) Wilson hung on by less than a thousand votes.

According to the KNME press release, on the program tomorrow, McCleskey will discuss "campaign tactics, the changing face of the Legislature, the impact of independent political committees on the election, & what's in store in January."

It airs 7 p.m. on Channel 5.

UPDATE: 11-12-12 9:57 am: I just replaced the teaser with the entire 15-minute interview.

I just realized that the segment on the teaser -- actually a "web extra" isn't on the video above. So I'm restoring the teaser, in which McCleskey talks about CD1 and how rough that district has become for the GOP. (Thanks Matt R!)