Richardson Supporters On the Web: Early Activity

The Bill Richardson Blog:
"Bill Richardson is the Democratic Governor of New Mexico.  He's a good one.  In our opinion, he'd be an even better President.  Primary season is practically around the
corner!  Let us convince you."

By Ian Samuel and Andrea Saenz.
Andrea, 24, is a Los Angeles native who is currently a law student and aspiring writer in Cambridge, MA.  She has no professional political experience, but has been a campaign volunteer and never misses voting in an election.  She has a personal blog called Peanut Butter Burrito. (

Ian, 22, is a law student at New York University.  He grew up in southern Colorado, still votes there by absentee ballot, and is trying to get everyone to call the Democrat-ization of the West "the Big Strategy."

First substantial posting: October 2, 2005 by Ian "Iowa and New Hampshire Get Company"

Andrea Saenz (May 1, 2006 e-mail):
Ian and I are friends who know each other from our years in intercollegiate debate; because of this, we are political junkies and also like to be right about things.  We were both looking the the "next big thing" for 2008, and not wanting to just agree with early CW that it would be Hillary Clinton, went looking at national politicians.

We got very excited when we read about Gov. Richardson.  Ian is a Colorado native (as he's said on the blog) and is a big proponent of the "Western Strategy," including emphasis on energy, land use, and immigration, which are important in the West.  I'm from California and had heard of Richardson from family members who knew of major Latino politicians (I'm Mexican-American).  We loved that he has domestic and international experience, can be bipartisan, is a master diplomat, and that he's comfortable talking policy specifics about lots of different areas.  His credibility with Latinos, while not just being a guy who only cares about "Latino issues," doesn't hurt.

We're tech-friendly young folks and both have personal blogs (which are apolitical and deal with navel-gazing and law school stuff), so Ian suggested we start the blog
together.  (Ian's a very tech-savvy guy and has done lots of web stuff.)  Law school has slowed us down a little, but we're gearing up for lots of good coverage this summer and through the beginning of 2008 season.

We've never worked for Richardson, and have no contact with his "people" except that sometimes they let us know about some event happening, and then we may or may not write about it. Ian got to meet Richardson at a Kaine event in VA; I'm still waiting for him to come closer to my area when I don't have tons of school responsibilities.  I've worked for local candidates in basic volunteer jobs; I think Ian has too, but I can't be sure.  Neither of us have any experience with staff jobs or presidential campaigns (except from the days when we'd read the Dean blog constantly :)

As far as what I've learned during this period, the main thing is that there are lots of regular old "informed citizens" out there, like us, who just need a common thread to get hooked up.  The site gets sporadic comments, but what's really surprising is that we get a steady flow of emails from readers all over the country wanting to know what they can do to help.  I can't wait for campaign season so we have something more concrete to tell them than "Talk to your friends about Dem candidates and values" (though that's good too.)  I've also learned how grassroots and "people-powered" the liberal blogosphere is, and I've really enjoyed seeing new "[State] for Richardson" blogs pop up with no Richardson coordination - just because people want to do something.

This is an article from the New Mexican that mentions us and the blog (and the old blog of Emmett O'Connell, who now runs America For Richardson):