ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gary King was scheduled to join former Gov. Bill Richardson for a political fundraiser in Santa Fe on Monday, but the event wasn’t planned to benefit King’s bid against Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.
Instead, the event with a $1,000-per-person suggested minimum donation will benefit a Democratic Florida congressman, U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia.
Richardson was named the host of the Santa Fe fundraiser.
King served as a “co-host.” Joining King in the co-hosting role were state Auditor Hector Balderas, state Sen. Tim Keller, former Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chávez and Edward Romero, former ambassador to Spain.
King, who has struggled to keep pace with Martinez in campaign fundraising, said he was glad to help a fellow Democrat raise campaign funding. However, King said Monday afternoon that the event likely would give him the chance to meet new donors to his own campaign.
“We always hope that we meet the new donors,” King said. “… I’m sure I’ll have some (political contribution) envelopes with me tonight.”
Richardson has continued to be a target of attack by Martinez’s re-election campaign. King said Monday that he wasn’t concerned with the appearances or likely criticism from Martinez for participating in a political event with Richardson.
“He’s an important character in New Mexico politics and I think he will probably continue to be involved in New Mexico politics,” King said of Richardson.
“The governor I’m sure will try to run a campaign like she did four years ago … and really run against Bill Richardson rather than me, but I think most people know that, as attorney general, I was totally separate and independent of Bill Richardson, and they can count on me to be that in the future,” King said.
Martinez spokesman Chris Sanchez said of the event, “We’re not surprised that the two are appearing together at this fundraiser.”
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