In fairness, this all started with Mayor Marty Chavez who decided he needed full time policemen guarding him everywhere he went. Well, I guess he felt more important then. But at least Chavez was willing to sit down and meet with people, unlike our current Mayor and Governor who seem to be very picky about who gets in the door.
When I was Mayor I never had a security detail. I did have a button I could push in my office to call the police, but the one time I did it as a test, no one came. It was kind of funny.
Our office was open to the public and if there were an angry group we just brought them into the conference room and met with them. What a novel idea! But it doesn't seem to work that way these days. Fleeing controversy seems to be the plan. Oh, and taking pictures of protestors who don't agree with you.
While out on my bike ride last night around the neighborhood I stopped to talk with an old friend who was lamenting the fact that no one can get into see the Governor. He represents a large business association and they have been insulated from the Susana Martinez by her Iron Curtain of neo cons who think she shouldn't rub shoulders with anyone. This association is a conservative group, but apparently she fears them. What does she do all day?