Clinton comes to N.M., gives presidential plug for Denish

From the Santa Fe - (photo by Jane Phillips of the New Mexican) ESPAÑOLA — Former President Bill Clinton, campaigning here for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Diane Denish, got huge cheers Thursday from the Northern New Mexico crowd when he picked up on Denish's recent campaign theme of casting Republican opponent Susana Martinez as a Texan who wants to give New Mexico's water to her home state. Thousands of people attended the afternoon rally under an unseasonably hot sun at Española's Plaza. Clinton said he felt sorry for Texas needing water. But he quipped, "New Mexico needs a governor, too. Texas doesn't need two." The Denish campaign, trailing in the polls and lagging in northern Hispanic support, increasingly has attacked Martinez as "Susana Tejana," including a recent television spot featuring Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Brian Colón. And the campaign has tried to appeal to northern rural Hispanics by raising the emotional image of rich Texans using Martinez to get this state's water — a charge the Martinez campaign has vehemently denied. Even if Martinez did want to send extra water to the Lone Star state, a governor has no power to do so. Water shares from both the Pecos River and Rio Grande that flow through New Mexico into Texas are governed by interstate stream compacts, multi-state commissions and court settlements. Read more


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