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  •  Martin Heinrich in New Mexico (17+ / 0-)

    Heinrich was unlikely as a candidate in the first place, when he ran for Albuquerque City Council.  A tall, serious guy his first career was as a solar energy engineer and consultant.  

    But he adopted a clear sense of doing what worked, drawing down lists of names from VoteBuilder and getting a team of fired up volunteers to do the calling and doorbelling chores.  

    When City Council Member Heinrich decided to run for Congress, it seemed quite a long shot.  But the same seriousness of purpose and focus on what works made him a winner in a district that has been Republican at least half the time.  

    He is serious and studious and is pretty progressive as well as keenly intelligent and willing to listen.

    He might be a good example of how the Democratic base can come out enthusiastically for a good progressive candidate.

    People were amazed when he decided to run for the US Senate seat being vacated by retiring Senator Jeff Bingaman, but the same seriousness of purpose saw Udall, Bingaman and Heinrich standing on the podium together election night in front of a loud and cheering crowd.  

    A look at Heinrich might reveal another example.

    hope that the idiots who have no constructive and creative solutions but only look to tear down will not win the day.

    by Stuart Heady on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 10:10:16 AM PST

    •  Accidental Senator (5+ / 0-)

      In that he was a somewhat accidental House member.

      Without the assholery otherwise known as the US Attorney scandal, David Iglesias might well have been able to win this one.  Instead, he's working for Obama as a prosecutor at Gitmo.

      Also, without that scandal, the 2008 cycle would have been different.  If Domenici hadn't retired, Heinrich would have had a much harder time winning NM-01 against incumbent Heather Wilson.  Might possibly not have been able to do it.

      Wilson was also damaged in that scandal, as well as Abramoff-related favors for Sandia Pueblo (amongst other things.)  Hard to know, but she might have won the 2008 Senate primary, in case Domenici retired anyhow for health reasons like he said.  And would have done way better against Tom Udall compared to Pearce.  Though with the 2008 climate, it would have been very tough for Wilson to win, regardless.  But she might not have beaten Iglesias in the primary.

      Hard to know, but there were circumstances caused by GOP malfeasance that provided Heinrich with a lot of help.  (So there, Karl Rove!  You lost Senate seats due to your own actions, too!!)

      But, yeah.  Martin's great, and deserves credit for a decisive win in the Democratic primary last spring, too.  I supported him, and am very very happy to have him heading to the Senate.

      I suspect that if anyone had told him, 10 years back, that he'd be a Senator, he wouldn't have given it any credence.  I don't think he had that ambition then.

      "The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not "Eureka!", but "That's funny..." (Isaac Asimov)

      by Land of Enchantment on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 10:31:27 AM PST

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