3 Dems in race for governor, but nobody posturing for No. 2 slot
John Nance Garner is credited with one of the best quotes in American political history.
Being vice president, he supposedly said, "is not worth a bucket of warm spit."
Garner served two terms as vice president under Franklin D. Roosevelt, and made it plain that he was no fan of the idleness that came with being No. 2.
If vice president is an unappealing job for an ambitious politician, being a lieutenant governor must be ghastly.
So far, New Mexico has three Democrats who are running for governor, but no one has publicly expressed interest in being lieutenant governor.
State Sen. Jacob Candelaria, D-Albuquerque, took note of this the other day, asking the press corps if it had of anybody who wanted the job.
What about Candelaria himself? someone asked. Would Candelaria, a Princeton graduate now in law school, be interested in the low-impact job?
"I couldn't run. You have to be (at least) 30 to be lieutenant governor," he said.
Candelaria is 26.
Another prospect bites the dust.