Like my good friend Councilor Debbie O'Malley, I have concluded that it will not be mathematically possible to meet the 3200 five dollar contribution threshold by the end of this month. Therefore, I am withdrawing from the race for the Mayor of Albuquerque.Open and Ethical... two words that have nothing to do with the new publicly financed election scheme. Four years ago we were told that the scheme would take money out of politics - both candidates have dropped out because of money. We were told that scheme would be ethical - what's ethical about using city employees as a campaign force? We were told that the scheme would be open - the system has already limited our choices long before we ever got to make our selections.- Cadigan Email to Supporters
We were wrong. We thought that at least one of the two councilors would be able to gather the necessary signatures and $5 donations. Now both are out of the race due to a campaign system that they both supported.