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SANTA FE - If you like political surprises, you should love the next six months of the 2010 campaigns.
Sure, attack ads will fill the air. They’ve already started in the gubernatorial race and we will be able to add the 1st and 2nd congressional district races to that soon. But expect some almost unpredictable twists also.
Remember the last gubernatorial race in 2006? Gov. Bill Richardson was sailing toward his second term when Republicans suddenly switch horses after they already had nominated Dr. J.R. Damron as their candidate. That was an all- time first.
Former state GOP Chairman John Dendahl didn’t do any better against Richardson but he made more noise. And then Dendahl left the state after losing.
Dendahl warned that pay-to-play was worse in New Mexico than in any other state. That was a term not in general usage at the time. Now it turns out Dendahl may have been right.
It appears the U.S. attorney’s investigation of pay-to-play in New Mexico will not result in prosecution. But a similar investigation in New York state is resulting in some mentions of New Mexico. Will anything come of that?
Gov. Richardson appears firmly settled on the fourth floor now for the rest of his term but word still floats in the halls of state government that something is still afoot.
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