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Reader: James Mejia didn't need a deal to endorse Chris Romer

Political circles have been going round and round the last two days over James Mejia's endorsement of Chris Romer. But conspiracy theorists should take note of this comment from Andrew Hudson, former spokesman for Mayor Wellington Webb and an early and ardent Mejia supporter, who weighed in with this:

The emotions from supporters of the two candidates or even the cynics is not surprising.

There were a lot of folks surprised with James' endorsement, including myself, the treasurer on his campaign. But after talking at length with James, he convinced me why it was the right decision to make for him.

To Romer's credit, he approached James after the first election with specific ideas about how to incorporate some of James' key ideas he raised during his campaign. The team of folks Chris surrounded himself with at that meeting had done a lot of homework and presented a case that really convinced James that he could be a key part of the next 30 days. James really was convinced that Chris was genuinely willing to work with him as a partner.

Despite what some will say, James doesn't need another gig at City Hall. He's built an amazing career and has an equally as amazing future ahead of him and he's already been
approached by a lot of folks to see where his interests lie. He's done practically everything at City Hall he's wanted to and while he won't rule out another job there, he wouldn't simply endorse someone because of a promise of that.

I know James is incredibly thoughtful and well-intentioned and throughout this campaign I've seen his integrity on display a lot -- both in public and behind closed doors, when he rejected suggestions from folks who tried to persuade him to do things which may have helped his campaign, but were simply were not the right things to do. Such is the nature of campaigns.



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Andrew Hudson
Andrew Hudson

To clarify my comment - I personally have not endorsed either candidate and, quite frankly, don't know who I will be voting for at this moment. My only intention of this post was to add some perspective and context to what was a truly difficult decision for James and to help people understand why he chose to support Chris. ANDREW HUDSON

FedUp
FedUp

That's what a mouthpiece does, isn't it? Spins gold out of straw. Problem is, this was the straw in the stall along with all of the horseshit.

What's most surprising is that Calhoun was snowed so much as to make this a comment of the day. Come on Calhoun. Just say that you like Mejia and don't want to believe that he would compromise his ethics and trade his supporters for something to benefit himself personally, like the politician that he is. Business as usual.

nogopostal
nogopostal

I have been phone banking for Chris three times a week since January. When I went in yesterday it was crazy..but a good crazy. The usual Romer folks were there but so were the new faces from Mejia. Not sure when such a major merger has happened before but it was clear both groups were impressed with each other. It really says a lot that the Mejia folks after a hard campaign could do this. Just as amazing were Romer folks used to their "territory" giving some of it up..Neither could have happened without Romer and Mejia sitting down with those that had been doing the heavy lfiting in their campaigns. Pretty cool..

Druid
Druid

Of course he didn't need a deal. Romer has been pandering to illegals for years. Mejia's choice was rather obvious.

FedUp
FedUp

So let me get this straight, you were the Treasurer for the Mejia campaign, Calhoun calls you an early and ardent Mejia supporter, Romer is incorporating key Mejia ideas into his campaign, Romer is going to work with Mejia "as a partner," Mejia feels mostly aligned with Romer...but you don't endorse Romer?

Credibility-gone.

Or you're not really Andrew Hudson.

Robert
Robert

-- sure, with a name like Mejia, you know he's illegal.

Andrew Hudson
Andrew Hudson

Nice - questioning my credibility as you hide behind a fake name. Next thing you'll want is my long form birth certificate.

FedUp
FedUp

Well, that didn't restore it, nor explain your claim of non-endorsement. I guess it's the nature of "spokesmanship"...claim integrity then when you can't defend it, try an infantile swipe that may get a few laughs from the press peanut gallery.

The lifeblood of the blog is the fake name. You're a public figure (if you really are Andrew Hudson, and from your last lame response, it's hard to tell because it's hardly worthy of someone who supposedly can make a living at wordsmithing.).

I'm not a public figure, and expressed a widely held and justified belief that Mejia, while publicly swiping at Romer then losing the runoff and joining his campaign, has compromised some very fundamental principles. You chose to defend him, in your capacity as a public figure and Treasurer with great insight to his character. That's when you, as Andrew Hudson, former spokesman, treasurer, yadda yadda yadda, stepped in it personally. Thus, the basis for this "unique insight" is fair game.

If stating your position then being required to defend it is so difficult, maybe it's best that you stay on the "paid spokesman" side of things. Your "James is great but I'm not endorsing his new campaign with Romer" position isn't doing your friend James any favors.

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