George R. R. Martin has thrown his weight behind Democratic senator Tom Udall in New Mexico, hosting a fundraiser for the candidate. When Udall’s opponent Allen Weh was asked about the high-profile endorsement, he said he’s never even heard of Game of Thrones.
The Game of Thrones creator will host the fundraiser at his personal movie theater in Santa Fe California on October 7. It will cost $250 for entrance, $1,000 for a VIP meet and greet, and $2,600 for a dinner with Martin and Udall. The winner of a related online contest will be able to attend the event free of charge, and will have the opportunity to ask Martin anything, including questions about Game of Thrones and the Song of Fire and Ice. The book series was picked up by HBO and made into a TV series, but if the winner is being responsible, questions about public policy in New Mexico may be more beneficial.
Allen Weh is not impressed, and told the National Review Online, “I don’t even know who that guy is, I never heard of those books, and I haven’t seen that TV show [‘Game of Thrones’].”
Tom Udall doesn’t seem to need the support, anyways. The democratic candidate has constantly led in the polls by double digits. As an incumbent, Udall has a nearly insurmountable advantage, with over 90 percent of incumbent senators retaining their seats in the last election.
Not to mention the fact that New Mexico is considered a blue state, having voted democrat in the last three out of four presidential elections.
With the staggering odds against him, Weh may need his own high-profile author.
When asked about Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins, Weh said, “I don’t even know who that is.”
George R. R. Martin has been politically engaged for sometime. The author describes himself as a Democrat, and attacked Republicans and tea-party members for alleged voter suppression in 2012, referring to voter purges in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Iowa.
At the time, the Game of Thrones creator said, “The people behind these efforts at disenfranchising large groups of voters (the young, the old, the black, the brown) are not Republicans, since clearly they have scant regard for our republic or its values. They are oligarchs and racists clad in the skins of dead elephants.”
In the end, Weh should hope the election will be transparent and rule-based. If politics in New Mexico is steeped in revenge plots and intrigue, Udall will have an incredibly useful adviser in the mind behind Game of Thrones.
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