According to Val Kilmer, if he wants to run for gov in 2010 the job is his. Aside from being yet another nightmare for Diane Denish, you gotta “love” his confidence.
According to NM’s premier Democratic blogger, Heath Haussamen, Kilmer is quite confident he can win, if he decides to run.
The way Kilmer is dropping hints and giving interviews, I’d say he’s close to deciding that he is going to run, esp when he begins talking to The Hill. Hidden in this little piece from The Hill is the worm that is turning all the soap opera intrigue here in NM for Denish. “Big Bill” Richardson has already endorsed Kilmer over her.
Oh the pain!
“…ctor Val Kilmer is strongly considering a run for New Mexico governor in 2011 when Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson will be term-limited out of office.
He told The Hill at Monday’s Huffington Post party at the Newseum that he has been approached to run for the highest office of the state where he owns a ranch and has family roots.
“Actually, they’ve asked me to run for governor,” he said, not specifying who “they” are. “People seem to want me to.”
Speculation has swirled for months that Kilmer will run to succeed Richardson, and Kilmer said nothing that would have tamped down those expectations.
“I love my state and I love the people,” Kilmer said.
When asked by a reporter if he was giving a “strong maybe” for a run for governor, Kilmer agreed.
“That’s what it is,” he said.
The actor who succeeded Michael Keaton as the Caped Crusader could have a problem, however. He’s been a prominent support of Ralph Nader’s independent bid for the White House, and gave money to Nader, and not President Obama, in 2008.
Richardson publicly declared his support for a potential Kilmer candidacy last year, and on Monday the actor returned the praise to the current governor, who now plans to stay put after an ongoing ethics investigation forced him to decline President Obama’s invitation to become Commerce secretary….”