With Bill Richardson expected to announce in the next 10 days whether heâ€™ll run for president, Iâ€™m starting to wonder about his choice of time frame. Next week, Democrats in the House will be looking to push their â€œFirst 100 Hoursâ€ agenda, which includes:
- Tuesday, January 9 – Implement the 9/11 Commission Recommendations
- Wednesday, January 10 – Increase the Minimum Wage
- Thursday, January 11 – Expand Stem Cell Research
- Friday, January 12 – Allow Negotiation for Lower Prescription Drug Costs
- Wednesday, January 17 – Cut Interest Rates on Student Loans
- Thursday, January 18 – End Subsidies for Big Oil and Invest in Renewable Energy
Donâ€™t expect the Senate to sit back and relax either.
Where does that leave Richardson? Well, John Edwardsâ€™ announcement in New Orleans played second fiddle to the death of Gerald Ford (and a fluke on Edwards’ campaign site). And, though New Mexico media outlets will surely be all over any Richardson news, this is the type of event you want covered on a national scale. With so much other news happening, I wonder if a Richardson announcement wont be overshadowed.
Ideally, he might announce on the 15th, the day before the start of New Mexicoâ€™s legislative session. That might give Richardson (and his legislative agenda) a boost of momentum heading into the 60-day session, and avoid conflicts with other news events.
All of this is speculation, of course, and, if Richardson chooses not to run, wonâ€™t matter anyway.