The Santa Fe Reporter from Santa Fe, New Mexico on October 26, 1994 · Page 33
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The Santa Fe Reporter from Santa Fe, New Mexico · Page 33

Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Wednesday, October 26, 1994
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The Liberals' Dilemma: Choose Your Poison BY JOSH KURTZ O K, Mr. and Ms. Santa Fe Liberal. It's less than two weeks before Election Day. Who are you going to vote for in the governor's race? You're not wild about Bruce King, the old Democratic warhorse. He's too "yesterday," and he has no vision. You remember his broken promises on the environment, how he ducked the gay rights bill, his questionable land swaps, and how his Gold Boot Club has raised thousands of dollars from fat-cat businesses. You're excited by the Green Party and the prospect of a new, independent political coalition. You're happy to hear candidates articulate your progressive politics, for once. And in Roberto Mondragon, you've found that rare populist politician who can appeal to both poor Hispanics and affluent Anglos. So the choice seems clear, right? Wrong. How do the words "Governor Gary Johnson" grab you? That's the dilemma for Santa Fe liberals. By voting for Mondragon, they may risk electing Johnson, the neophyte Republican who sounds increasingly right- wing as Election Day approaches. But by voting for King, they may be pulling the plug on a worthy movement and validating a Democratic Party that seems almost as tied to monied special interests as the Republicans. A few months back, a top Green Party strategist said that for the Greens to suc- ceed this year, they had to convince people like Steven Farber, the progressive Santa Fe city councilor, to abandon the Democrats. Farber is wearing a King-Madrid sticker these days. "It feels awkward," he said recently. But he also thinks it's the right thing to do. "It will be a disaster if Gary Johnson is governor," Farber said. "I like and respect Roberto Mondragon, but he's a spoiler. And we'll all have to surfer the consequences if King loses. However conservative Bruce King is, he still has some commitment to Democratic ideals." Farber, and others like him, have the following fears about Johnson: •That he'll try to limit abortion rights; • That he'll try to slash social service spending; • That he'll try to repeal the collective bargaining rights of state workers; • That he'll weaken environmental regulations; • That he'll permit Indian tribes and other entities to store high-level nuclear waste. Johnson's rhetoric has been less clear- cut, however. He says he's opposed to the state's proposed expansion of Medicaid funding for abortions and favors parental notification for teens having abortions. But he has stopped short of out-and-out opposition. He says he's unhappy with the state's collective bargaining agreement, but won't work to repeal it. He says the Continued on Page 14 The Oracle's Odds The Oracle figures it this way. If Bruce King wins, nothing will get done in New Mexico for (our • years, because leadership isn't King's strong suit And if Gary Johnson wins, nothing will get done in New Mexico for. (our years because Raymond Sanchez and Manny Aragon will eat him (or lunch. So its hard for The Oracle lo get worked up about home-state matters when Ted Kennedy could be knocked off by somebody named Mitt, and Qllie North and Michael Huffihgton could be joining the "Greatest Deliberative Body in the VVoHd." Still, he plods on. Candidates Odds Governor's Race Last Week Form Chart Bruce King - Even Even why do we think Bruce will prevail when the polls say otherwise? Simple. New Mexico. Democrats know how to win statewide elections, and Republicans don't The Dems may not be able to generate any enthusiasm, but they have the machinery, and you can amass an awfu) lot-of political chits in a 40-year 'career. Bruce is now collecting. Gary Johnson , 2-1 ' • 2-1.. • ' . last week, Gary's handlers .cooked . up an event thst they thought the press couldn't coven a women's luncheon in Santa Fe where he didn't speak, but moved from table lo table to listen. Three' reporters showed up anyway. Trying to kaep Gary's gaffes out of the headlines is smart But his best chance for winning is if he continues to play the pained victim of unfair attacks. The De.tris, arid designated pit bulf Patrfcfe Madrid, have to be careful. Roberto Mondragon t2-t •' 8-1. . . . • ... The numbers look grirri, so in an . effort to say something 'nice, we thought we'd mention how, with the possible exception of Gary Johnson when '.•' he's pumping iron, the Greens have the best-looking candidates. There's Hoberto. who looks positively Biblical There's Fran Galiegos, a classic Santa fe beauty. There's Pat Wolff, a midwestem Earth Morn. And there's '•'.' Steven Schmidt, who locks lite he stepped out of the pages of GQ. What about Don Brayfiekf? Lets say he • coutd win. a David Crosby looX-aiike contest • .-..'. ' • • . C Senate Race '; .'"....'' •' ••:'..'• ' ' .; '.".''i.-.'V JeffBingaman •'•' . z-t-.'. 2-t : '. /'...'>' • Until we saw last week's TV debate. •-.-. .we had forgotten why we kmd.'of tike Jeff. But our overall, long-held impression remains: he's Gary Hart without the sex.' • . ' ' " • •."':" ' . . ' . •" ' '- '. • ''•-'.• '.• .'•'.' Colin McMillan 6-1 . 4-1 '. ' " . With a little more charisma, he could • harness that anti-incumbenlsentirnent into victory. But the fact Is, he's just not likable. Clinton could be here , stamping for Bingaman fuii-time for the next-two weeks, and McMilian wou)d stiil iose Oh well, he'll cry aitthe • • way to the bank when the Mescalero Apaches, open their nuke waste dump him to build an access . •' road on his land • . . . . ' : . TRICK OR TREATING Monday October 31st • % 3pm - 8pm. Face painting, clowns, and ' . : ^..:.^.-L,S^#^ '"' . balloons SANTA FE FACTORY STORES 8380 Cerrillos Road. Shop Monday to Saturday, 10am -8pm Sunday, 11am - 6pm 505/474-4000 I A Cfirhta CCA Rfa/ly. \n< Properly 3pm - 5pm. Fun for the entire family! SANTA FC REPORTER Oct.26-Nov.2, 1994 13

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