We had a really nice fundraiser for Martin Heinrich at our home last night. We had about fifty guests and raised around $5K for Martin's campaign war chest. That is not much these days when you figure what the Super Pacs can do to a candidate. They will certainly come after Martin in his Senate race against Heather Wilson if he wins the primary, which he will. Heather Wilson will reap much benefit from those Super Pacs. Don't forget she served for three years on one of Karl Rove's right wing boards and she will reap the benefits.
An interesting thing came up during Martin's talk. We had several scientists at the fundraiser and they were aghast at the demise of science and reason in this country. Martin then put out this frightening factoid. He is the only engineer in the entire house of representatives. One engineer out of 435 members. There are only two scientists in the Senate and the House. Two! And then as we all know there are probably a couple of hundred creationists/fundamentalists. And only one atheist that has come out publicly. There are bound to be many more.
I was sent this photo by a friend recently that shows Bruce King, Helen Hardin, and her daughter Margarete. This was taken by Cradoc Bagshaw, Helen's husband, in 1978 when Bruce was running for his second term as Governor. I was his press secretary. Helen, a good friend to us, was an accomplished artist that I attended St. Pius X high school with in the early 60's. She died young from cancer but her works of art are still highly sought after. I am lucky to own some. Her daughter is following in her foot steps, and those of her late grandmother Pablita Velarde, and is a prolific and successful artist. I often wonder what Helen would think of politics today. She was such a decent and moderate woman that I think she would have been in a state of disbelief at the makeup of our congress.