Gary King will run for governor in 2014: “There’s plenty to be done”
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On Tuesday (July 10), King confirmed to radio station KANW in Albuquerque that he’ll toss his hat into the ring.
King used to serve in the state legislature and is the son of the late Bruce King, who served three non-consecutive four-year terms as governor between 1971 and 1994. He’s finishing up his second term as attorney general.King is the first Democrat to announce he’ll run for governor. There have been some rumblings that State Auditor Hector Balderas might run for governor or for attorney general in 2014.
We’ll update the post as we get comments from King.
Update: King spoke to Associated Press Tuesday evening and said he wanted to get an early start on the gubernatorial race:
“These days, starting the governor’s race two and a half years out is not really a long lead time,” King said during a phone interview…
While he filed paperwork with the secretary of state’s office in May to create his campaign committee, King said it will likely be after November before he opens his campaign office.
“I’m doing some organizational work, but I’m still spending the great, great majority of my time working on being attorney general,” he said, pointing to his office’s efforts to fight the sexual exploitation of children and human trafficking…
“There’s plenty to be done in New Mexico,” he said.
Click here to read the AP story.
As attorney general, King has been criticized for moving too slowly on a number of cases, including allegations of “pay to play” by officials within the administration of former Gov. Bill Richardson. King has responded that his office is working hard on the cases and cannot comment on the investigations since they are still underway.
This marks the third time that King has run for governor. In 1998, he lost in the Democratic Party primary to Marty Chavez and in 2002, he withdrew from the primary after Richardson had built up a commanding lead in the polls.
In 2004, King ran for Congress but lost to Steve Pearce in the Second Congressional District.