Friday, May 11, 2012
Posted today on Sal Baldenegro Jr.'s Facebook page on his LD2 House of Representatives campaign:
Dear friends, I have decided to end my campaign for LD2 House of Representatives. I am leaving in order to focus, 100%, on Wenona's historic congressional run in Arizona CD1. The people of Arizona have a very real chance to make history, and to bring to our state the type of strong representation that we so badly need, at the federal level! It's about time! A HUGE thank you goes out to all of my volunteers, who helped me collect twice the amount of signatures necessary to qualify for the ballot, and enough $5 contributions to be eligible for Clean Election funding. I hope that you will consider helping Wenona's campaign! Thank you and onward we go!
Baldenegro's wife, Wenona Benally Baldenegro, is in the middle of a challenging campaign. While most progressives should easily get behind her candidacy, lack of name recognition and other political challenges, are not making this an easy run for Benally Baldenegro. In December 2011 we wrote about how her and her husband's family were working together to get the word out about what could be a historic win — putting the first Native American woman in U.S. Congress.
She faces Ann Kirkpatrick, a Democrat with more name recognition, but not much of a progressive record - cue crickets when SB 1070 was signed into law and folks wondered if she and other state Democrats would speak out. Whoever wins will face former state Senator Jonathan Paton.