Discussing “Richardon’s” New Interchange on Channel 4

Personally, I think that if they are going to name the I-40/Coors Interchange near my house after Bill Richardson, they should buy “Fathead”-style pictures of Richardson, so that I can drive over the top of him and make him eat my global-warming-inducing exhaust whenever I like (after all, I want to remember the guy, right)? Nonetheless, I stuck to a narrower script about the role of politicians in society and whether having this interchange named after Richardson is appropriate or not for an interview with Channel 4.

Watch the interview below:

The naming of buildings and other projects after one’s-self is nothing new, nor is it a partisan problem. House Speaker Ben Lujan, US Sen. Pete Domenici, and Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton have all named government buildings after themselves even though they are still/were in office.

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6 Replies to “Discussing “Richardon’s” New Interchange on Channel 4”

  1. I’m not sure where the money comes from to name these buildings, highways, runways and other monuments (wink, nod) but i suspect it is ‘the people’s money’. The only difference is where it gets allocated from – some funds in the Governor’s control or the legislature’s control. Either way, Governor Elect Martinez would make a lot of people happy if she simply re-named all this nonsense, ‘the people’s ______’ because that is who paid for it!

    Or, better yet, skip the naming altogether and seek a legislative ban from ever doing it again for anyone. That might help prevent those politicians who want to see their name on something when it has more to do with political gain than serving the people (convention centers, event centers, trains, spaceports, etc – tend to be in this realm).

  2. I agree with Vic, although, maybe if the names were more descriptive, it wouldn’t be too bad. I think it would have made a lot more sense to rename the Rail Runner after Richardson. I was thinking Bill’s Boondoggle would be fitting.

  3. Name for Railrunner ? Better name would be, Richardsons White Burro . or Richardsons GOLD MINE ! Bills buddies got the gold,The taxpayers get the Mine Shaft

  4. Name recognition on a “structure” should be reserved for those who made a major financial gift for its creation; if the donor so chooses. I think we need not recognize every elected official with a structure bearing his or her name!

  5. As a practical matter, naming a public structure for a living person is risky. In my home state of Illinois, where some politicians go from the state house to the big house, buildings are named for officials who are beyond the reach of the law by virtue of being deceased. (Naming one of the nastier highway interchanges after Blagojevich could be a popular move, however.)

    You’d think New Mexico would have learned when Manny Aragon’s name had to be removed from a building.

  6. I’m glad that it’s in Alb. where people keep voting for politicians like him reside.
    It would cause a firestorm to put Richardson’s name on an outhouse in SE NM.

    Or maybe that would be a fitting reminder.

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