Democrats making employment issue of '14
Sam Bregman, chairman of New Mexico's Democratic Party, says employment -- or lack of it -- is the predominant issue heading into the 2014 elections.
His party had planned a jobs expo for Monday even before Intel Corp. announced that it was cutting 400 jobs in Rio Rancho.
"The number one issue in New Mexico is jobs, due to the failure of Governor Martinez, Albuquerque Mayor (Richard) Berry and the Republican-controlled Albuquerque City Council to offer a plan, vision or even one idea to create desperately needed jobs," Bregman, right, said in a statement.
Berry appears on his way to an easy re-election victory in October. His main competitor, Democrat Pete Dinelli, has not made any headway in polls. He has been trailing Berry by more than 30 points.
Martinez stands for re-election next year. So far, two Democrats are competing to run against her. They are state Sen. Linda Lopez and state Attorney General Gary King.
The Democrats' jobs forum Monday in Albuquerque will include Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez of Belen, House Speaker Ken Martinez of Grants and Dinelli.