According to the New Mexico Political Report, just days after the election, attention is already turning to the 2018 New Mexico Governor’s race. US Senator Tom Udall, who was just re-elected two years ago to a six year term, and Congresswoman Mitchell Lujan Grisham, who just got re-elected, are now saying they want to run for Governor. By all accounts, Udall and Lujan Grisham are doing a good job in Washington and going up the seniority ladder in Congress that is so important to a small state like New Mexico.
I never believe elected officials who say “people are urging me to run” for another office when they have not even finished the term they have been elected and agreed to serve. It is that sense of selfishness and self entitlement that they have that really bugs me. It is like they are saying, “I got the job I always told you I wanted, but now I am not satisfied and want another job and I get to choose whatever I want to be elected to because of who I am”.
When an already elected official gives up a position held and is elected to, the filled position becomes at risk. Example: If US Senator Tom Udall runs for Governor and wins, he will appoint his successor who will be vulnerable. If Congresswoman Mitchell Lujan Grisham runs for Governor, she gives up a house seat and a Republican like Richard Berry would have good chance of taking it back for the Republicans. State Auditor Tim Keller is now running for Mayor without finishing even half a term and if he is elected Mayor, Governor Martinez will appoint his successor.
It is the domino effect that these people do not care about, just as long as they get the job they think they want.