Michael Sanchez silent on whether he's running for governor
The story of Sen. Michael Sanchez's potential candidacy for governor still has no ending.
Sanchez, D-Belen, said he would announce no later than Labor Day whether he is running. But his promise to comment so far has not been kept. He has not responded to three calls, one each day of the holiday weekend.
He has been talking publicly about running since July 2. That was when Sanchez set Labor Day as his deadline for an announcement.
Sanchez, 63, is the majority leader of the Senate. During a wide-ranging interview Thursday, he did not seem inclined to run for governor.
At that time, he said he was undecided, ready to say no one day and yes two days after that.
Various Democratic legislators say Sanchez would be difficult to beat in a primary.
Sen. Timothy Keller, who is running for state auditor, said Sanchez would get most of the money from institutional donors if he entered the governor's race.
Two Democrats already are running for governor. They are state Sen. Linda Lopez of Albuquerque and state Attorney General Gary King.
The incumbent governor is Republican Susana Martinez, who is seeking a second term in 2014.