Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Gov. Prefers GOP Leader As His Successor in 2002.(New Mexico)

Byline: Loie Fecteau Journal Politics Writer

*Johnson says he would support lieutenant governor, though, if he runs for office

SANTA FE Republican Gov. Gary Johnson says if he could hand-pick his successor as New Mexico's chief executive, he would choose state GOP chairman John Dendahl over Lt. Gov. Walter Bradley.

"In a second, I would hand pick John Dendahl," Johnson said Tuesday at a news conference.

However, Johnson also said Bradley would make "a great governor" and would receive his support.

Dendahl was among several Republicans who sought the GOP nomination for governor in 1994. Johnson won the nomination and went on to defeat Gov. …

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