Reinstating the Draft! Tom Udall for Senate.

Bumped from the diaries -- Jonathan... Interesting to get this prospective from New Mexican Alex Flores. What he brings up is at least worth thinking about.

The word in New Mexico circles is that despite his announcement, Congressman Udall is still being urged to run for the Senate. If  "Udall for Senate" gives you the same kind butterflies in your stomach as it gives me, please help urge him to run! Send Tom Udall the message that we want him as our next Senator by sending a small, $5 contribution to his campaign.

It seems like whoever you talk to in Washington and most importantly, in New Mexico, people agree that Tom Udall is our hero candidate. Obviously he needs to step up and run.

A move to run after announcing otherwise is not without precedent and you don't hear anyone complaining about the last guy who did it. In August of 2005, now Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown announced that he would not run against former-Senator Mike DeWine in Ohio. For the next two months, the grassroots urged him to reconsider his decision for the people of Ohio and for people across the nation. He eventually reversed his decision and went on to win the seat for Democrats, helping to give us control of the US Senate.

We need to send Congressman Udall that same message (here's another chance to donate that $5!). The people of New Mexico want him to run and people in Washington and across the United States hope that he'll help us to increase our majority in the Senate by turning Senator Domenici's seat blue!

Tom Udall is the best choice for New Mexico AND for the country as we work towards building the Democratic majority in the Senate. I already wrote a bit about his background, including a bit about his family and his cash on hand that he could use for his Senate campaign committee. But there are other, better reasons for Tom Udall to be the next Senator from New Mexico.

For one, he's a good progressive. He's pro-choice, an environmentalist, a defender of civil liberties and civil rights, and one of the great supporters for veterans in the Democratic Party today. In fact, during his time as a minority member in the Congress, he took the junior seat on the Veteran's Committee in addition to his regular committee portfolio.

In the first polling out about the race in New Mexico, Tom Udall beats both Republicans by 18 points! Governor Richardson is the only other New Mexican who polls as high. Representative Udall could afford to leave his safe seat in the north with these kinds of numbers, run hard for the Senate, and win. He could leave his House seat knowing that another Democrat (and there are many) could easily keep it in Dem control.

In terms of numbers, this just makes sense. Congresswoman Heather Wilson (R) and Congressman Steve Pearce (R) are the two leading contenders to replace Senator Domenici on the Republican side (Pearce has formed an exploratory committee and will announce his intentions in the next two weeks, while Wilson declared less than 24 hours after Domenici's announcement and after weeks of traveling statewide). The numbers tell us that both beat current Dem candidates Chavez and Wiviott by small-to-wide margins. The following summary of the numbers comes from the Democracy For New Mexico blog.


Starting with Republican candidate Steven Pearce, Congressman from New Mexico's 2nd District:
*    Pearce loses to Congressman Tom Udall by 18 points
*    loses to Governor Bill Richardson by 24 points
*    defeats Albuquerque Mayor Marty Chavez by 21 points
*    defeats former Attorney General Patricia Madrid by 16 points
*    and defeats businessman Don Wiviott by 35 points.
Now to Republican candidate Heather Wilson, Congresswoman from New Mexico's 1st Congressional District:
*    Wilson loses to Udall by 18 points (same as Pearce),
*    loses to Richardson by 27 points (Wilson runs 3 points weaker than Pearce),
*    defeats Chavez by 4 points (Wilson runs 17 points weaker than Pearce),
*    effectively ties Patricia Madrid (Wilson runs 15 points weaker than Pearce)
*    and defeats Wiviott by 17 points (Wilson runs 18 points weaker than Pearce).

Someone needs to put these numbers on the Congressman's desk and tell him that it's time to run.

We know that Udall's numbers aren't fluff, either. He's run statewide before and won as Attorney General, twice! Since then, Udall has remained a proud defender of the Constitution and our rights. He was one of the original 66 Members of Congress to stand up with courage against the PATRIOT Act that was first railroaded through the House, forcing most Representatives to vote on a bill they had never read.

This is the kind of leadership and courage we should demand from our leaders and a primary reason why New Mexicans are asking Tom Udall to run for Senate.

Congressman Udall's voting record is solidly progressive. Help in the movement to Draft Tom Udall for Senate today by sending him $5 and the message that he's our best hope!

Tags: Heather Wilson, Martin Chavez, New Mexico, Pete Domenici, Senate 2008, Tom Udall (all tags)

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We shouldn't give up on Tom Udall that easily. People change their minds all the time. Remember Jim Webb? It took some long cajoling from the good folks in Virginia to get him to run. Udall will change his mind if he can see the groundswell of support for his senate candidacy.

In time, I'm sure Udall would recognize how important it is for him to run. We need him.

by richochet 2007-10-12 01:03PM | 0 recs
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It seems the Democratic leadership along with Emily's list is putting some heavy pressure on Diane Denish, too bad we don't have an poll numbers out on her against the 2 Repubs.  I'd love to see Udall get in the race, but Lt. Gov Denish would be fine as well.  The ABC rule is in effect here,  Anybody But Chavez

by skywrnchsr509 2007-10-12 01:07PM | 0 recs
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Udall would be a great Senator.  One point I may have missed, but wish to emphasize is Udall voted against taking us to war in Iraq:
http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2002/roll455. xml
by Stephen Cassidy 2007-10-12 01:08PM | 0 recs
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I just have a small comment to make.  

Dianne Denish has not given an up or down to a US Senate race.  She said she would make an announcement by the end of the week.  Well?  It's Friday.  She hasn't decided yet!  That has got to give you hope that she is still weighing the pros and cons.  She may still join the race.  I would hold off the re-draft efforts until we get an answer from her.  Chuck Schumer and EMILY's List are both trying to recruit her for the US Senate race.  

by JeremiahTheMessiah 2007-10-12 01:29PM | 0 recs
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Except that Udall or Richardson would be MUCH better candidates.

by yitbos96bb 2007-10-12 01:32PM | 0 recs
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How are Udall and Richardson better than Denish?  

I would appreciate it if you can ellaborate, just because throwing remarks out there with no substance gets rather annoying.  

by JeremiahTheMessiah 2007-10-12 01:40PM | 0 recs
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Udall and Richardson have won statewide office on their own right unlike Denish who was elected with Richardson.

Denish is very popular with the establishment and grassroots. Denish has been in Richardson's shadow.

by nkpolitics 2007-10-12 01:54PM | 0 recs
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First off, I was asking yitbos, because he is the one who made the comment, but if you're going to respond too, why not.  

Denish has been all over the place politically, being appointed to various positions by three New Mexico governors, and President Clinton.  She has recieved numerous awards for her work.  

I don't doubt her capacity to win a US Senate race at all.  

If you are worried about her winning a US Senate race, what about the the 2010 New Mexico's gubernational race she is destined to run in if she doesn't run for Senate?  Both are statewide races.  

by JeremiahTheMessiah 2007-10-12 02:10PM | 0 recs
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For the US Senate- her general election opponent is Heather Wilson who has won in a democratic leaning swing district. Denish has not been involved in a brutal campaign.

Regarding the NM governors Race- Denish has the incumbency advantage- Elect Denish is similar to giving Richardson a third term. Their is not top tier Republican candidate for the 2010 NM Governors Race.

Denish is popular but she has not been battletested or scrutinized.

by nkpolitics 2007-10-12 02:25PM | 0 recs
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So why wouldn't Denish running for senate be like electing Richardson to the senate?  I wouldn't consider Wilson a top tier candidate.  She'll be lucky to survive a primary challenge from Pearce.  But using your same logic, Pearce should just hold off and run against her in 2010.  He can scrutinize her and she may fall apart and he could win.  

by JeremiahTheMessiah 2007-10-12 02:32PM | 0 recs
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Richardson has won two statewide elections on his own right. 56% in 2002 and 68% in 2006. He initially ran for the US House in the competitive NM-1 in 1980 narrowly losing to the powerful Republican incumbent before occupying the Democratic leaning NM-3 for 15 years before serving in the Clinton cabinet.

Richardson is not the Incumbent- The incumbent is Pete Domenici. Domenici and the NRSC are going to back Wilson. Wilson knows how to win tough races.

In the 2008 NM US Senate Race- voters have to decide whether or not they want to give Pete Domenici a 7th term assuming he ran again. Who they want as Majority Leader Harry Reid or Mitch McConnell- Do they want Bingaman-the state's Senior Senator to remain as Chairman of the Senate Energy Committee. Denish does not have the incumbency advantage in the 2008 NM US Senate Race.

In 2010- The election is about Bill Richardson- Do voters want to give Bill a third term. Pearce is too conservative to win a statewide election.

by nkpolitics 2007-10-12 02:46PM | 0 recs
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Domenici isn't on the ticket.  If this were about reelecting Domenici, it would happen in a heartbeat.  We'd lose the election.  So no, I disagree with you on that.  

You just said Denish isn't battle tested and hasn't been scrutinized.  How is it like reelecting Richardson if she is some sort of big question mark??

by JeremiahTheMessiah 2007-10-12 02:58PM | 0 recs
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You are a self righteous condenscending NAZI Bitch who deserves a beat down. and probally got his head stuck in the toilet for being a Wise ASS prick.

by nkpolitics 2007-10-13 10:42AM | 0 recs
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I am NeKiPa from Swing State Project and I want to say go Cheney your self you little prick.

by nkpolitics 2007-10-13 10:39AM | 0 recs
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You deserve a beat down.

by nkpolitics 2007-10-13 10:38AM | 0 recs
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And we shouldn't assume that Schumer has made one choice for Senate. There aren't reports that he's calling Udall. Then again, there aren't reports that he's not, either.

by Alex Flores 2007-10-12 01:35PM | 0 recs
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That's obvious.  I'm sure he'd take Chavez over Wiviott, but if he can get someone in the top tier (Udall, Denish, or Richardson) why wouldn't he?  But my point is, since Denish has yet to rule out a senate bid, and she is in the same tier as Udall, why not wait till she gives us a yes or no, then either quit or again reinstate the draft effort based on what she decides?

"And we shouldn't assume that Schumer has made one choice for Senate."

Again, I'm making the point that Denish is the only top tier who hasn't ruled out a senate bid, start with her, if she says no, then go back to Udall.  It doesn't make sense to hit up Udall again before Denish has even replied.  

by JeremiahTheMessiah 2007-10-12 01:39PM | 0 recs
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I don't know why we would wait for Denish to say anything. It seems to me that a Draft Udall effort is also in essence a Draft Denish effort - but for Governor. Denish running for Senate leaves who to run for Guv?

I agree that both candidates are top-tier, but they're both obviously well positioned to run for particular offices. Denish switching over doesn't make sense now that Chavez is out and she has a million in the bank. She needs to support and encouragement to stay in the Gov race - we need that easy win. Likewise, Udall turns this seat blue quite easily. Let's take the win-win scenario and not wait for Denish to decide.

by Alex Flores 2007-10-12 01:55PM | 0 recs
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Do you understand what being on the appropriations committee means for a senior house member for a small state?  If so, you would realize how illogical it is for Udall to run for Senate.  

Second, as for Governor 2010.  If Denish gets the Senate nod, and wins, Richardson has to appoint a new Lt. Governor.  New Mexico has a solid bench of up-and-coming politicians (such as Hector Balderas) that we could find someone to be Lt. Governor for two years, and go on to run for governor in 2010.  If we for some reason can't do that, I don't know why we are bothering with the senate seat.  

by JeremiahTheMessiah 2007-10-12 02:01PM | 0 recs
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A likely Scenario- Denish runs for US Senate and Richardson runs for VP. Both win their elections.

Denish becomes Senator before Richardson becomes VP. Richardson appoints Madrid as Lt Governor who becomes Acting Governor once Richardson becomes VP of Secretary of State. Madrid becomes a caretaker Governor decides not to seek a full term. Democrats have a competive primary between AG Gary King.  

by nkpolitics 2007-10-12 02:16PM | 0 recs
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I can see Richardson being part of the next president's cabinet, not VP though.  

I don't see why Madrid would be the Lt. Governor for two years if she isn't going to run either.  

I would prefer to appoint one of the rising stars, build up a warchest, organization, and a sense of incumbency for the rising star, and have him go on to the 2010 gubernatorial race with another rising star as the Lt. Governor.  

by JeremiahTheMessiah 2007-10-12 02:20PM | 0 recs
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Balderas,King,and Herrara were just elected to their statewide elected official- It will be prudent for them to complete their terms and then run for Governor in 2010.

Regarding Madrid- she will be experienced to be Governor of NM for the remaining two years- She then decides not to run again- making the 2010 Governors race an open seat election.

by nkpolitics 2007-10-12 02:34PM | 0 recs
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That seems rather risky to me.  

by JeremiahTheMessiah 2007-10-12 02:37PM | 0 recs
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Tell me you're kidding about Herrera.

by barbwire 2007-10-12 06:55PM | 0 recs
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Um, I think the people of New Mexico should be the ones selecting their candidate via a primary, not Chuck Schumer in New York, just for starters. Primaries, remember those? We have them for a reason.

Second, Wiviott actually has pretty good polling numbers considering he just began his campaign. No one writing on here seems to know much about him, which isn't unexpected, but I think it's very premature to write him off without any real knowledge of who he is, why he is running or what he is capable of. He's putting together a very good campaign staff for instance. This isn't just some fly by night operation. And you might be surprised by who is giving him support behind the scenes inside the state and out.

Third, we need Denish here as Governor. Whenever Richardson vacates the office, there will be a huge hole in Dem politics here and probably many budget and other problems as well given his concentrating so heavily on the presidential race. Does anyone care who would run for Governor from the Dem side should Denish run for Senate?

I'm surely not opposed to Denish running, but I think there are too many suppositions being made based on inadequate information. I guess what I'm really opposed to is Chuck Schumer of all people making the decision. He's a believer in playing it safe all the way and that's one of the main reasons our Dem Congress isn't doing enough to get out of Iraq, challenge the unconstitutional operations of the administration and many other things that are making Dems angry all over the country. In my book we need some fresh ideas and more "outsider" perspectives, not more of the same professional politico campaigning in an entirely business as usual way. We are in a unique and dangerous era in the nation and on the planet. We need new rules and fresh looks, not more of the same.

by barbwire 2007-10-12 06:53PM | 0 recs
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I think you misunderstood the argument above. The question was whether the Party institution had a primary choice, and I believe that question is up in the air.

Nobody here is arguing that Check Schumer should pick our nominee, but there's a reason that he recruits candidates across the country - for their message and for their electability.

Look to Oklahoma where young State Senator Andrew Race, a progressive outsider has the DSCC backing, as just one example.

Second, nobody is arguing that Wiviott ought to drop out of the race. A spirited debate between Democrats will invigorate the base, reach out to non-voters and independents, and show them all that we're a party of ideas, debate, and progress. He may put forth a sophisticated campaign, may have a stellar staff. That makes him an effective manager - not a Senator by default. Udall has fought for New Mexico since the very start of his career.

Lastly, you made the argument that Schumer ought not to pick our candidate for us - that we have Primaries precisely so that New Mexicans choose their nominee. By that same logic, I think Wiviott ought not to self-finance his campaign beyond start-up funding, and especially not to the tune of millions. If he can't find his base among the grassroots, he's failed to garner enough support even for the Primary! A candidate who does not rely on public donations is not accountable to those voters in the future. The reverse argument is that a rich candidate is not beholden to special interests, but I'm not sure that's true.

In any case - I think it's dicey to say that Udall would be more of the same "professional politico campaigning" in a "business as usual way." As much as you want us to give Wiviott a chance, you essentially label Udall as a party hack. I don't buy it.

And may Wiviott continue his campaign! The party deserves it!

Draft Udall

by Alex Flores 2007-10-12 07:26PM | 0 recs
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I'm just wondering who and what you consider the grassroot-netroots in New Mexico to be. You are taking it upon yourself to start a draft of Udall as a grassroots type movement and I'm not seeing much interest in that here in New Mexico.

There is a party institution here too, and we'll be voting at a preprimary convention on nominees, followed by the primary itself. Many, many progressives, including me, have run for and won party offices here over the past several years including ward and precinct chairs, county and state central committee seats and even county chair posts. Are you aware of this and do you have any idea what these people think about candidates for Senate?

Are you touching base with such people and people who write local political blogs? Personally I think it would help your credibility and draft effort if you were more in touch with things on the ground here.

Wiviott is reaching out strongly to the grassroots here and getting donations of money and time and ideas from us. It is early. What he has said is that his plan is to donate and raise up to $2.1 million so that he is taken as a serious candidate. What he isn't seeking is large donations from the usual suspects, which is very good in my mind.

He is doing exactly what Howard Dean suggested in terms of ordinary people with clear goals running for office. What disappoints me is that some on the national blogging scene seem to have written him off without knowing what he's about, instead judging candidates solely on the conventional wisdom of Beltway insiders.

More power to your draft Udall efforts but I think they will be ineffective if they don't have a strong connection with the local grassroots - netroots - rank and file Dems in New Mexico.

by barbwire 2007-10-13 08:43AM | 0 recs
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Too win in a primary- You need high name recognition and money.

Without Richardson,Udall,and Denish- The race is between Chavez- The DINO is well known and Viviott- who progressive who is not well known.

Udall and Denish can defeat Chavez in the primary or force Chavez to withdraw- based on the issue of name recognition and support from both rank and file Democrats in New Mexico.

by nkpolitics 2007-10-13 09:27AM | 0 recs
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Actually, I think you need more name recognition and money in the general, not as much in the primary. As I've said, this is just getting started and we'll see what happens. I can tell you there is very little support for Martin Chavez on the Democratic governing body that will be voting in the preprimary, nor among rank and file Dems, so I think he will have a definite uphill climb to win a primary regardless.

I'm not opposed to Denish or Udall or anyone else running. What bothers me somewhat is something being sold as a grassroots draft campaign that really isn't grassroots in the local sense, so far as I can tell.

Whatever you think about Don Wiviott (or do or don't know about him), I would think he'd get credit for sticking his neck out and running when all these "name" candidates were afraid to do so against Domenici. Even with Domenici's numbers plummeting. People are tired of the risk averse, especially at a time like this.

by barbwire 2007-10-13 01:02PM | 0 recs
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I am also NeKiPa from Swing State Project and I think you are little prick who deserves a beat down.

by nkpolitics 2007-10-13 10:35AM | 0 recs
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Didn't realize Wilson was THAT weak in NM.  Do you think Udall is considering now and waiting to see what Richardson does?

by yitbos96bb 2007-10-12 01:32PM | 0 recs
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This is exactly what I think. Denish hasn't announced yet. I'd rather see Denish as Governor and Udall as Senator. The more pressure we put on, the more convincing it will be that 1) Udall has cash on hand and can win a Senate race and 2) Denish has a million dollars in the bank at the state level and should take the Governor's seat.

by Alex Flores 2007-10-12 01:34PM | 0 recs
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I'll make the point again.  Do you know what it means to have a US House member on the appropriations committee for a small state?  It is extremely illogical for Udall to run for senate.  

If this is about the money, Denish can donate that money to state house and state senate races downticket that will eventually pay for itself, and help her senate race.  (AKA GOTV programs would get worked on a local level, by local candidates, all over the state, playing out significantly for statewide races).  

by JeremiahTheMessiah 2007-10-12 02:14PM | 0 recs
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Any money donated would just go to his certain re-election campaign if he decides not to run, correct?

It seems kind of odd to take money that could be going to real races be funnelled into a non-competitive house race.

by Unabridged 2007-10-12 01:41PM | 0 recs
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The idea of the draft effort is that we change his mind and he decides to run... It wouldn't bother me too much, except we have yet to get a reply from Lt. Governor Denish yet, who I think we would consider a top tier candidate, (although they didn't do polling for her).  

by JeremiahTheMessiah 2007-10-12 01:48PM | 0 recs
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I understand the idea, I'm just asking about the practical consequences.

I understand that giving money to Tom Udall doesn't mean you can't give money to other NM candidates. However, and I can't speak for your financial situation, but my budget on Senatorial candidates outside of my state is rather limited. I'm just curious how many people think that donating to a non-competitive race if Udall doesn't change his mind is the best use of their resources.

by Unabridged 2007-10-12 01:53PM | 0 recs
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We also should be talking to Gary King,or Hector Balderas,or Mary Herrara. They may be second tier candidates behind Richardson,Udall,and Denish but they have won statewide elected office and can win a future statewide election.

King is a son of a former Governor- He has an image of a rancher which is popular in a Western State like NM.

Balderas is the SW/Hispanic version of Barack Obama- He is the rising star.

Herrara is the SW/Hispanic version of Lisa Madigan. Another rising stars.

by nkpolitics 2007-10-12 02:07PM | 0 recs
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I think Denish should run for Senate, Richardson can appoint one of them Lt. Gov.  And that person can go on to win the 2010 New Mexico Gubernatorial race, and continue to rise very very fastm while one of the others gets on the 2010 Lt. Gov spot.  

by JeremiahTheMessiah 2007-10-12 02:16PM | 0 recs
Before we draft Udall-

we need to be 100% sure that Big Bill Richardson does not enter the Race after Feb 5 Super Tuesday Primary.

Udall can wait until Feb 5 to make a last minute entry in the US Senate- Once Big Billl Richardson decides he does not want to run for the US Senate assuming he is not on HRC VP shortlist and not going to be Secretary of State under the Clinton administration.

Another candidate Diane Denish has to say she is not interested. She is focused on becoming Governor of NM.

In Ohio Sherrod Brown had the backing not only from the DSCC but Prominent Ohio Democrats like Ted Strickland. When Sherrod Brown ran for the US Senate- Democrats were in the minority in the US House and he did not have a powerful committee assignment like the House Appropriations or Ways and Means. Democrats were also in the minority in the Senate.

For Udall to get into the race- Bill Richardson/Jeff Bingaman/and Tom Udall need to have a conversation. Richardson has to say he is 110% not interested in running for the US Senate if his Presidential campaign fails. His main focus is helping Hillary Clinton become the 44th President of the United States. Richardson's strength is being a kingmaker- Richardson and Bingaman will have to say to Udall that he is the only viable candidate for the 2008 NM US Senate Race and Harry Reid will have to offer Udall a position on the Senate Appropriations Committee which is unlikely to occur for a Freshman Senator.

Udall's decision for not running for the US Senate is similar to Pete Defazio of Oregon's decision not to challenge Gordon Smith. Udall and DeFazio are happy in the US House of Representative- where Democrats are in the majority and will remain in the majority for a period of time. They have powerful committee assignments and occupy safe seats in the US House. Udall will have to give up alot to make a run for the US Senate- Assuming he gets elected he becomes a backbench member of the US Senate. Udall is the most senior Democrat in the NM US House Delagation. Only three people represented the Democratic leaning NM-3 US House seat- Richardson,Redmond and Udall- Udall is the most senior member of the NM US House after Heather Wilson. If Udall runs for the US Senate- NM will lose clout in the US House.

NM has a lot of Democratic Statewide Elected officials like AG Gary King,or State Auditor Hector Balderas or Secratary of State Mary Herrara or State Treasurer James Lewis. King,Balderas and Herrara are candidates of higher office- US Senate or Governor in the future. Gary King becomes the front runner for the 2010 NM Governor Race if Denish decides to run for the US Senate.

by nkpolitics 2007-10-12 01:49PM | 0 recs
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Madrid should consider running.  But this time she should build an independent organization, not one beholden to Rahm Emanuel or to other DC operatives.  I think she learned the lessons of not controlling one's camapaign in 2006, and this will prepare her for 2008.

by truthteller2007 2007-10-12 02:13PM | 0 recs

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