Saturday, May 14, 2011
Our congressman in New Mexico is Martin Heinrich, a former mayor of Albuquerque and a generally progressive representative in Congress. He's decided to go for the open Senate seat being vacated by Jeff Bingaman, a generally reliable Democrat, but not, I would say, all that "progressive."
In fact, Heinrich has really impressed me while he's been in Congress for outstanding constituent services, even though a considerable part of his district is not inclined to support Democrats. Well, they're ranchers. Cowboys. They don't cotton to pussy-footing pissants.
New Mexico State Senator Eric Griego announced his intention to run for Martin Heinrich's House seat last month, and the announcement caused a great deal of excitement. I was only marginally familiar with him before -- he's tangled with Susana Martinez, the not-quite-insane Republican governor of New Mexico -- but the ad posted above is really quite impressive.
If he's elected -- and I suspect he will carry Albuquerque easily, but he may run into resistance in among the cussed independents of the East Mountains -- I think he could be a remarkable presence in the House.
Of course, with Howie Klein's support through Blue America, there's no chance of failure. Is there?