Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Speaking of instant gratification, I think that is what congressional candidate Eric Griego is seeking. I am on his mailing list and he is running against a general election candidate already. He seems to be ignoring former Mayor Marty Chavez and the primary election challenge he faces there. I can't imagine why his campaign staff thinks this is a good strategy, but they must have their reasons. In the meantime all three candidates in that primary seem virtually invisible in the media, both free and paid. Eric, whom I support, came up with a gimmicky delivery of petitions to republican Janice Arnold Jones asking her to support medicare and denounce the republican budget. It got zero attention from anyone and there was no upside to it.
My advice is that you should run your primary race before taking on the general election. Especially in this kind of race where there is no clear favorite.
And finally some more advice, now that the voters will get to have their say on the rebuilding of the Paseo I-25 interchange in Albuquerque, the Mayor should tone down the recriminations and finger pointing at the city councillors who wanted the vote. His assertions that it would now cost the taxpayers another $10 million is baloney. I like Mayor Berry but who ever thought up this strategy on this issue needs to be put in the doghouse.
I would also advise the Albuquerque Journal to at least state their conflict of interest in their editorial performance on this issue. They have exhibited a double standard in saying a vote isn't important. I recall back when I was Mayor the publisher was always whining about the amount of traffic on Jefferson Blvd. in front of their facility. They complained it wasn't designed to carry the amount of traffic that it did. They were correct, but they still supported increased sprawl and development on the west side and saw no value on impact fees that might have built a new interchange at Paseo.