Last weekend Governor Richardson was in South Carolina (another early, key state in the Presidential sweepstakes) for the annual meeting of the National Governors' Association. While there, Richardson continued his efforts to reach out to bloggers. Laurin has the details
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson scores an A+ on the “guy you’d wanna drink a beer with” Presidential litmus test.
Of course we didn’t throw back any ice-cold longnecks at our 11 AM meeting at the Doubletree Hotel by the Charleston Market this morning, but the Governor is just so darn likeable that at the close of our meeting, I considered asking him when he’d be in town next so we could pal around again.
Bill Richardson is not the stiff, aloof, wonky type that we Democrats have put up for election the past couple of times. That's not to say he's not an intelligent man, he is, but he has this regular guy air about him that makes him approachable. When engaging in conversaiton with him, you almost feel as if you've known him all of your life. Voters like this quality in a candidate.
Of course Richardson also has this:
Richardson’s got the resume’ to be President. Over the course of his career, he’s served as a Congressman, Ambassador to the United Nations, and Secretary of Energy. Currently he’s the Governor of New Mexico and has been praised across party-lines for lowering taxes and boosting revenues in his home state. He’s earned high marks from the fiscally-conservative CATO Institute, a think-tank which regularly rebukes President George W. Bush for his profligate spending habits.
The most experience of any of the mentioned candidates in 2008. As George W. Bush has proven, there is no substitute for experience.
And Laurin wraps up with this:
Governor Richardson’s genuinely upbeat, and I expect he’ll be one of the leading anti-Hillary candidates among the 2008 Democratic Presidential contenders.
I agree with Laurin that Bill Richardson is one of the leading candidates, and it's nice to see the Governor connecting well with the good people of South Carolina. And Laurin, if you read this, I hope to see you start the South Carolina for Richardson blog and join our group.
Update: Even National Journal's The Hotline picked up on Laurin's post