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Romney will be fundraising in Hobbs, New Mexico on August 23rd.  I want to take a day off from work and heckle Mittens, I want to wave my pro-Obama signs proudly!  Alas, it is too late for me to request time off, and too far from Albuquerque.  I'm also afraid that some ignorant, gun-touting redneck will threaten me... it wouldn't be the first time.

Why Hobbs?  For those unfamiliar with the land of enchantment, Hobbs is a small town just across the border from Texas.  Its a safety zone for Mittens - far from the liberal Sante Fe and Albuquerque, far from the major urban centers.  This minimizes protesters and media coverage.  Romney will certainly draw large donors from west Texas and committed supporters from New Mexico.  

Reasons for making a stop in this left-leaning state a week before the GOPNC:

1: Photo-op with Hispanic Americans.  RMoney desperately needs Hispanic voters, and this fundraiser will be important for the Republicans.  They need to formulate how to connect with voters after the damaging primary debates.  Of course, with a $1000 entrance fee, I somehow doubt that any donors will understand what families need.

2: Support efforts to elect Heather Wilson to the Senate.  Local media is saturated with conservative SuperPac commercials that are anti-Obama and anti-Heinrich.  Representative Martin Heinrich has a 7.7 lead over his opponent.

3. Spotlight Governor Susan Martinez - a rising star in the RepubliCAN'T party.  I foresee her playing a major role in the 2016 election.

Originally posted to TEMkitty on Fri Aug 17, 2012 at 11:11 PM PDT.

Also republished by New Mexico Kossaks.

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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don't vote. William E. Simon

    by TEMkitty on Fri Aug 17, 2012 at 11:11:22 PM PDT

  •  No offense, Hobbs, NM (1+ / 0-)
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    maybeeso in michigan

    but you're pretty small.
    Where is the event?
    and what can 'locals' do?

  •  i heard (1+ / 0-)
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    maybeeso in michigan

    Mitt and Scott Brown will be at fundraisers this weekend
    on the Cape in MA. bet you can't guess the village...

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    by greenbird on Sat Aug 18, 2012 at 12:10:39 AM PDT

  •  And Hobbs and the southern part of NM (0+ / 0-)

    are represented by a very conservative and loathsome Republican, Steve Pearce. I used to live in Las Cruces and his town hall meetings were a little on the scary side. His supporters were baggers and they were rude, antagonistic and somewhat threatening.

    Hobbs is, as diarist notes, on the eastern part of the state, the part we call "little Texas". District is primarily ranching and Hobbs is oil country (not too far from the Permian basin in TX). Very conservative folks in that area, but fortunately it's not very populated and northern NM more than balances out the state.

    If I were still in NM I'd be tempted to drive over to Hobbs with some friends and placards, but I'm sure Willard will make sure the rabble rousers maintain a respectable distance (like in the next county). I hope you'll post after-rally news, TEMkitty. I'd be interested in knowing how large a crowd he draws.

    Whose bread I eat, his song I sing.

    by Hanging Up My Tusks on Sat Aug 18, 2012 at 12:37:42 AM PDT

  •  Seems odd that Romney needs to schedule (0+ / 0-)

    so many fundraisers.  Must be that a lot of contributors are maxing out and he needs more.  SuperPac money does not align with the message of the day a lot of times, and latest ad spend suggests Rove is taking a holiday from Romney in order to focus on Congressional races.  Romney's money advantage might not be all that it is cracked up to be come this fall.

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    by khyber900 on Sat Aug 18, 2012 at 01:53:46 AM PDT

  •  A Baneful Place (0+ / 0-)

    Maybe he's got an interest in this URENCO USA facility, near Eunice.

  •  WOW! I haven't seen Hobbs in about 40 years. (0+ / 0-)

    Has it grown much lately?   Where are they planning to have this?

    Nothing in the world is more dangerous than a sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by maybeeso in michigan on Sat Aug 18, 2012 at 09:27:27 AM PDT

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