Even with his Labor Day deadline, he's undecided on governor's race
State Sen. Michael Sanchez said Thursday that he was still undecided on whether to run for governor, even with his self-imposed Labor Day deadline just ahead.
On Monday of this week, he would have said no to a campaign, Sanchez said. On Wednesday, he would have said yes.
Today he said he was not sure.
Sanchez, D-Belen, has been weighing for a couple of months whether to enter the governor's race.
After appearing on a radio show at KUNM in Albuquerque, he said running statewide would be "daunting."
All six of his six campaigns for the state Senate essentially were local. Last year, Sanchez said, he twice knocked on doors all through his Senate district.
He said he had concerns about how to approach a statewide race in terms of strategy and hiring a campaign staff.
Sanchez said Republican Gov. Susana Martinez can be defeated. In an interview with four reporters from Santa Fe and Albuquerque, he criticized her for not being open on issues ranging from cutting funding to mental health agencies to expenditures for her husband's trip to Louisiana to hunt alligators.
The public is starting to question her campaign promise to be transparent, Sanchez said.
He said he had "the desire and the fire" to run for governor. Potentially holding him back are clients at his law practice that he has committed to represent, he said. Running would take a year, "if I was lucky enough to win the primary."
After fielding questions from reporters for 40 minutes, Sanchez said he would keep his promise and announce by Labor Day whether he is running for governor.
Reporters who heard Sanchez talk about the governor's race came away saying there is a 90 percent chance he will not run.
Steve Terrell, our colleague from the Santa Fe New Mexican, even told Sanchez that he did not sound like a candidate.
Sanchez said his wife had the opposite instinct, believing he is inclined to compete for the state's top office.
Lynn Sanchez knows more about the senator than anyone. But we will be surprised if Sanchez enters the race, given the way he spoke Thursday.
If he stays on the sidelines in 2014, his opportunity to be governor probably would be gone forever. Sanchez would be 68 years old by the 2018 election.
If Sanchez does not run, the Democrats' field for governor still could grow from two to three or four candidates.
Attorney General Gary King and state Sen. Linda Lopez are running. State Sens. Joseph Cervantes of Las Cruces and Howie Morales of Silver City are interested.