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February 22, 2007 07:37 PM UTC

Richardson Picks Colorado Team

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  • by: Colorado Pols

As The Denver Post reports:

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson announced Wednesday night that he has picked five prominent local Democrats to run his presidential campaign in Colorado.

Tom Strickland, Polly Baca, Lawrence Martinez and Erich Bussian were named co-chairs of his Colorado campaign at a news conference in Centennial. The governor selected J.W. Postal to direct the campaign and serve as spokesman.
In his picks, Richardson has chosen officials from the traditional party base, Latinos and organized labor.

“You want a representative group of leaders on your team,” Richardson said in an interview. “But these are also good friends of mine.”

Richardson said his moderate, pro- business instincts along with his desire to seek alternative forms of energy and support of labor would play well in Colorado…

…The five will join national political consultant Michael Stratton, whom Richardson picked as his senior adviser when he announced his candidacy on Jan. 22.

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7 thoughts on “Richardson Picks Colorado Team

  1. Oh Richardson… 

    These were totally uninspired picks!  Strickland?  You want to be with a two-time loser?  Polly Baca won’t lift a finger until she gets her deadbeat family members hired.  Lawrence and his wife have been totally repudiated by the Hispanic community and are has-beens in Denver politics (oh, and they will try to get all of their kids, grandkids, etc hired too!).  Oh, Lawrence to access the labor unions?  That doesn’t mean crap anymore in Colorado- if it ever did! 

    Erich who? 

    Not a single one of these has pull in Pueblo, Fort Collins or Boulder- or ANYWHERE else in the state for that matter.  Are you going to win your election on the back of a 17th Street lawyer/lobbyist and washed up second-rate Denver politicians who had political juice a decade ago?

    J.W. was the ONLY decent choice.

    Richardson, I was truly in your corner until I saw these choices.  Now I’m not so sure.  To say I’m disappointed is an understatement!

    1. http://www.nytimes.c

      I believe the choice is apparent and it’s not Richardson, who does have appeal as well, granted.  It’s not politically correct for democrats to criticize the Clintons but if you want to waste your support on Richardson who has as much chance as Rivera did in the 5th CD, then do so, but, Obama has a real chance.  He has the best chance in the general that Hillary does not as the presidential candidate.  Put her second billing on the ticket, however, and you’ve got something.  Richardson is the next best v.p. candidate out there after Hillary.  Hillary-Obama loses the general election.  Obama-Hillary wins.  Obama-Richardson, possibly wins.

      1. I have always disagreed with the “wasted support” theory in politics.  Compare the resumes of Obama and Richardson.  There is NO comparison.  Richardson and done more and seen more than ANY other Democratic candidate that it is not even close.  Executive, secretary, diplomat, etc.  We have an absolute need for that skillset in todays world. 

        I was just stating that the people he tapped in Colorado are certainly second-rate.  I hope he does much better in the rest of the country and I will keep tabs on him to see. 

        No knock on Obama.  The man certainly does have “it.”  It’s just that Richardson has proven he has it again and again.

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