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Saturday, February 21, 2009
Greg Zanetti May Run for Governor
By Jeff Jones
Journal Staff Writer
Longtime Albuquerque financial adviser and New Mexico National Guard Brig. Gen. Greg Zanetti is eyeing a Republican run for governor bringing the current number of prospective or confirmed Republican and Democratic candidates for the 2010 race to four.
Zanetti said Friday that he plans to file paperwork next week to establish a "Zanetti for Governor" exploratory committee that would allow him to begin raising money for a potential gubernatorial bid.
"I strongly believe that we need to restore trust in government here in New Mexico," the 50-year-old Zanetti said in a written statement.
"I understand finance," he added. "I have worked in the financial sector for 22 years and know what needs to be done to restore prosperity to our pension funds and state finances."
Zanetti, a West Point graduate, recently completed duty at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he served as deputy commander.
He is a former Bernalillo County Republican Party chair and in 1994 made an unsuccessful GOP primary bid for lieutenant governor.
Zanetti is married to former Republican state Rep. Teresa Zanetti.
If he does decide to run next year, Zanetti could find himself battling former U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson for the Republican nomination.
Wilson has said she is also considering a gubernatorial run and reaffirmed her interest during a brief Journal interview Friday. She said she is doing consulting work for national defense and intelligence institutions.
Democratic Lt. Gov. Diane Denish has long been preparing for a 2010 governor's bid and has amassed a campaign chest of more than $1.75 million.
Meanwhile, actor and Pecos-area resident Val Kilmer said recently that he is considering a Democratic run.