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Wary of Berry

By a decisive margin, Albuquerqueans elected themselves a new mayor on Tuesday.  The conventional wisdom is that Richard “R.J.” Berry did what he had to do to win.

But, for those who didn’t vote for him, his victory raises questions for many about which Berry will show up to run the city.

Will Albuquerque get Berry the state legislator, a moderate Republican who’s been willing to work with those who disagree with him politically?

Or will Albuquerque’s new mayor more closely resemble Berry the candidate, who ran largely on Republican talking points and polarized and alienated many voters in the city with his “sanctuary city” comments regarding immigrants and crime?

In short, there’s been quite a distinction between the way Berry has served in the past and the way he ran his recent campaign for Albuquerque mayor.

Which leaves me with one question.  Which Richard Berry is going to show up for work on December 2?

5 thoughts on “Wary of Berry

  1. Stop crying because your candidate didn't win. The voters have spoken. what's more important is what will Marty do on December 2nd.

  2. I wasn't writing on behalf of any candidate, and I certainly am not "crying" over the election. I know the voters have spoken…I get that. I'm writing as a citizen of ABQ asking legitimate questions about our new mayor, about whom we know very little.
    And why should I care about what Marty's going to do on Dec. 2? Got some info you want to share?

  3. Well, your comments on Republican Talking points clearly shows which way you voted. which is fine, at least you took the time to vote. Where were the other democrats?

  4. Thanks for the pat on the head. I disliked what Berry said about "sanctuary cities" as a candidate, and I'm wondering what else he's got up his sleeve as mayor. That's it.

  5. My only objection to this train of thought is the concept of "waiting" to see what happens. Regardless of party affiliations and even history, anything can happen. Our responsibility is to make things happen, as opposed to letting them happen.

    Government of the people, by the people.