A committee of prominent Nevada democrats have begun a Draft Richardson effort. Nevada will be a leading primary state, with its caucus being held second, between Iowa and New Hampshire.
"A former top aide to incoming Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday he is launching a campaign to draft the New Mexico governor into the presidential race.
Reynaldo Martinez, a former chief of staff to Nevada's (Senator Harry ) Reid, issued a statement saying he leads a committee of 70 people who want Richardson to enter Democratic race, which kicks off in January 2008 with caucuses in Iowa and Nevada.
"We call on Governor Richardson to run for president," Martinez said, providing a list of supporters he said included blacks, Hispanics, Asian-Americans, "significant Democratic Party activists" and environmentalists."