Governor Bill Richardson, my old boss, must truly be counting the days until he leaves the Governorship. After his latest poll numbers show him in the tank for popularity with the state's citizens he must wonder what has happened. I can say, from experience, that the Albuquerque Journal is what happened. Between the paper's constant repetition of stories on State Investment Council problems which have never convincingly been connected to the Governor, and the papers increasingly republican/negative editorial views it is a wonder he is still standing at all.
I endured the same treatment as Mayor for four years. Some of my problems were self inflicted combat with city councillors, but mainly I was dead meat at the Journal for wanting smart growth principles to take root in our planning efforts. That didn't serve the Journal's advertisers well. So I suffered the slings and arrows of their editorial board for four years. It added up, just like it is for the Governor now. It should be no surprise.
There is also something at work here I call personality fatigue. It happened with Mayor Marty Chavez when the voters just decided he needed to go. That may be as big a factor as Journal ranting.