The Democrat running against Pearce in NM-2 is Al Kissling, a 70-year-old retired Presbyterian minister. Kissling has neither money nor name recognition, although he stands strong on all of the Democratic issues. So I asked Steinborn: How did Kissling get chosen to be our candidate? Why is it that no one was being groomed to run against Steve Pearce?
As it turns out, our district has been written off by the national Democratic party.
When Kissling volunteered at the last minute, they were pleased to have a name on the ballot at least, but due to the fact that Pearce often wins by 10 or 15 percent--and his forerunner, Joe Skeen, by the same amount--the national Democrats decided not to invest any funds in the race. So here's a guy with no money of his own, and no national support. Is it any wonder that it was hard to find a candidate?
How can the Democratic party just afford to write off these Congressional seats? It's not as though New Mexico is a firmly red state--it isn't. We've got Bill Richardson in the gubernatorial mansion at the moment. With the right cultivation of candidates, with registration of Hispanic voters, this could be a blue state, in fact. But the only time we ever see any national figures is during the Presidential races, to try to get our electoral votes. That means that in between, we are hung out to dry.
Does anyone have any insight into what's happening with these kinds of races?