LAS VEGAS -- Gov. Bill Richardson has found a second home in Nevada.
The two-hour flight is not a short hop from the New Mexico governor's mansion in Santa Fe, but Richardson hopes Nevada will become a critical aspect of his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.
"You're now important," he told a group of Las Vegas Democrats last week. "You used to not be that important."
But even Richardson says he knows where presidents are made, and at least for now, that's not anywhere near the Strip. The governor loves to catch the fights of boxer Oscar De La Hoya, but he missed the May bout at the MGM Grand because he was in New Hampshire campaigning.
"South Carolina and Nevada are players," he said. "Iowa and New Hampshire are in a class by themselves."
Sunday, June 17, 2007
"Richardson Is Counting on Nevada, a State He Has to Himself"