On the other hand, when things aren't going so well the mayor is either a no show or arrives with a "solution" designed to simultaneously create the perception of action and innocence. As we've noted before, there's more to leadership than favorable photo-ops.
The mayor is the only candidate who has managed to gather the necessary $5 contributions qualify for public financing. He is also the only candidate - well... that isn't a candidate. Which begs the question... why?
The answer to the question is found in Marty's long history as mayor. Look no further than the recent headlines - "Body Count: 13"(Subscription) or if you prefer Larry Barker's "Paper Retirees." The last thing his honor wants to see is his smiling face next to either of those two headlines.
Our Eyes tell us that the main reason that Marty has not officially announced - even though he's sued the city to keep his seat and used city employees as his own personal campaign crew - is none other than the negative headlines themselves. In fact according to our Eyes, Marty and his 5th Floor henchmen are furiously trying to brush Albuquerque's serial killer under the closest rug in order to avoid publicity that would reflect poorly on the mayor.
[Sidebar]Monday's announcement that the city will no longer "allow" double dipping (subscription) is part of Marty's plan to get negative news off the media front page. The concept is to appear to address the issue - "fix it" if you will - then move on to positive news and a public announcement of his candidacy. Until that time, look for candidate Marty to remain firmly ensconced in his 11th floor closet.
We can't begin to tell you how reprehensible it is to ignore the existence of serial killer for the sole purpose of creating positive press. Marty's image is of no importance compared to the security and the lives of the citizens of Albuquerque.