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A Voice in the Wilderness

As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there's a twilight where everything remains seemingly unchanged, and it is in such twilight that we must be aware of change in the air, however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness. -- William O. Douglas

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Alan Armijo in Mayoral Race? Morning as Broken?

Johnny Mango just posted that Alan Armijo:
is not even lukewarm about tossing his hat into the ring for Albuquerque's upcoming Mayoral race.

Disappointment - Just plain disappointment.

Bernalillo County Commissioner, Alan Armijo has shown his mettle in the past taking Marty Chavez on - remember the Bernalillo County Commission Meeting and the confrontation over Mayor Chavez’ attempt to single-handedly dissolve the Joint Powers Agreement with the County regarding funding for the Metropolitan Detention Center? What a momentous event. No controlled environment of the press-release - people who know what they are talking about are free to talk back! But everyone there had seen the Mayor ruffling his feathers on the six-o'clock news about how he was bravely making a stand, 'representing the interests of the citizens of Albuquerque,' Alan admonished Snoop Mayor Martay when the self-aggrandizing politico dared to imply that the he was the only elected official who cared for Albuquerque. Marty then weakly, in an apologetic tone reiterated his commitment to, 'representing the interests of the citizens of Albuquerque' - it sounded scripted - a weak bark with no bite. He sounded like Wally on. "Leave it to Beaver," - "Gee wiz Mrs. Cleaver! I'm here to represent the interests of the citizens of Albuquerque!"

After Armijo's lesson in administrative procedure, Marty figured out a way to get the hell out of there. He ran away from the confrontation after receiving an all too convenient "pressing" cell-phone call that saved him from getting his ears boxed any further? Imagine the kind of lack of respect it takes to answer a phone call when you are in a meeting with another agency. Even if he is the Mayor, I am surprised at such a flagrant snub to a group of Bernalillo County's elected officials. In short, He talked smack on TV. He cowered and stumbled over his words when he went before the Commission and finally, he ran off before everyone had a chance to rebut and challenge his horn tooting in a previous press conference.

Unfortunately, it appears Alan Armijo remains uncommitted to duke-ing it out with the Great and Powerful Wizard. What a shame. Alan Armijo has the name recognition and his politics are all-inclusive. He promotes business and he does not exclude the poor. I thought this native son would have stepped into the ring and gone toe-to-toe with the pimp. I thought Alan Armijo just might be the one who could mobilize an effective attack on our incumbent Republican in Democrat's clothing. What a shame indeed.

Question: Maybe it just boils down to money . . . ?

Answer: It won't take money to beat San Martin de Dinero who is bankrolled by the West Side Gangsta Land Development Crew. It's going to take a big pair of - umm vocal chords.


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