While I respect Marty Chavez for doing the right thing and dropping out of the Senate race against Tom Udall, I have to chuckle at his invisibility over the last few days.
I know he must be feeling 'down' about now but his inability to appear in the media to announce his withdrawal is strange for a guy who will call a news conference to announce new floor wax in the lobby of city hall. His decision to leave the Senate race was posted on his website at 5:30 on a Friday afternoon.
Now there is a headline story in the Journal that generally accuses him of being in a conflict of interest with his Senate campaign manager, Mark Fleisher, and Fleisher's gig as a lobbyist with SunCal, the developer and owner of thousands of acres of west mesa land. I am not sure there is a conflict, but Marty never talked to the media on this one either and they apparently were satisfied with his press officers statements on the subject.
There is the old adage that you if you live by the sword you die by the sword. It looks to me that Marty has thrown his sword away.