Monday, January 29, 2007

New Mexico Republicans Support Richardson

From Heath Haussamen:

Las Cruces Mayor Bill Mattiace, a Republican, was the first to mention the presidential race by saying, after Richardson concluded his speech and it was his turn to speak, that “it’s hard to follow the governor.”

“In the future, we may be following the next president of the United States,” Mattiace said.

That elicited a loud round of applause from the hundreds in attendance.

Doña Ana County Commissioner Kent Evans, another Republican, had especially kind words for the Democratic governor.

“I love him and I think he’s doing a great job,” Evans said. “I think he is going to be the next president of the United States.”


I asked Evans after the event if he was endorsing Richardson’s candidacy, and he said he was, adding that Richardson is the best candidate he knows about.

Bill Richardson is a candidate who appeals to people of all political persuasions. It's because he doesn't get caught up in nasty partisanship. He shows respect for his opponents, and engages in postive political discourse. And it's clear that Democrats did not make up all of the 69% of the voters who re-elected Richardson.

And remember Will Smith who wrote of his support for Governor Richardson in the UW-Madison newspaper? As it turns out, Will and I traded e-mails and he describes himself as a libertarian Republican.

Bill Richardson has many qualities that voters find attractive. Among them: He's electable.


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