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Normal people do not run for high political offices such as governor, senator and member of congress.
Think of it. These candidates are expected to know everything. An ability to interact with others is essential. Candidacy is more than a full time job. A day off? Get real. New Mexico’s size brings yet another challenge — Alamogordo one day, Roy the next.
A candidate is a product. A candidate also is stuck with being a person. Some candidates can’t function in both worlds.
Message is an essential element. Message refers to that set of statements, typically as general as possible, outlining the candidate’s ideas about the issues. Message becomes a set of what are called “talking points.” Going off-message is a sure way for the candidate to earn a reprimand from campaign staff.
Then along come people like me asking specific questions about obscure issues. This column’s topic, redistricting, is important, however obscure.
As with the previous two columns, candidates were asked to respond in no more than 75 words. I do not edit the response. Nor do I comment about the response itself. I have reserved the right to comment about relevance and, as it turns out, whether a candidate responds at all.
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