When in doubt, they say, always go with pictures of pretty girls and babies. Rep. Heinz Hofschneider appears at left, with ex-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, husband and child. (from his website)
Gov. Benigo R. Fitial told the Marianas Variety he expects Rep. Heinz S. Hofschneider to be his closest competition in the November election.
That's what I've been thinking based on conversations, on the number of signs and bumperstickers and on 'zoris* on the ground'. But Juan T. Guerrero and Ramon S. Deleon Guerrero certainly have their share of vocal supporters and my opinion is worth about as much as an internet poll.
I've thought from the beginning that the Governor was aiming for the playoffs: the runoff between the top two candidates if no one gets more than half of the votes. Lately, I've been hearing that Heinz/Arnold (Palacios) hope to get a majority in the first round. We'll see.
Meanwhile, you can check out the candidates on the internet. Listed in no particular order other than luck:
Gov. Benigno R. Fitial and Lt. Governor Eloy S. Inos (BE) have a website, Facebook page and MySpace page
Rep. Heinz S. Hofschneider and House Speaker Arnold I. Palacios (HA) also have a website, Facebook page and MySpace page
Former Sen. Juan T. Guerrero and Rep. Joe N. Camacho have a website, Facebook page and MySpace page as well.
Former Sen. Ramon S. Guerrero and former Commissioner David M. Borja (Y2K)have a website. I wouldn't read too much into the lack of MySpace and Facebook exposure; if you look at their competitors' pages you'll notice most of them are not updated very often.
* I was going to use 'flip-flops' instead of 'zoris' for people who might not recognize the word, but no politician wants to see those words used.