Domenici adds a spice to the race

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By Jay Miller

SANTA FE — And the gubernatorial race is in full swing. With the somewhat surprising entry of Pete Domenici, Jr., candidates for governor moved into full campaign mode.

The four Republican candidates already in the race were reported to be none too pleased with the development, and even presumed Democratic nominee, Lt. Gov. Diane Denish, took a shot saying we can’t afford a governor who has a name but no ideas.

Denish didn’t mention names but she appeared to be crowning Domenici as the GOP nominee. No polls have been conducted yet, but Domenici, Jr. appears to be the pick of insiders based almost completely on his father’s influence and out-of-state fundraising ability.

Pete, Jr.’s announcement couldn’t be described as exciting but his answers to questions revealed some mental agility and understanding of issues.

Despite Denish’s allusion to Domenici’s candidacy, it is expected that the two will stay off each other’s backs, at least for the time being. They’ll leave that to the state party chairmen..

GOP state chairman Harvey Yates has been pounding Denish for quite awhile, insisting she has ties to Richardson’s big spending and pay-to-play allegations.

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