Ex-NM Gov. Cargo recalled as advocate for poor

July 13, 2013 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Former Gov. David Cargo, known as “Lonesome Dave” for campaigning alone in small towns of New Mexico, was anything but lonesome Friday as friends, family and elected officials — current and past — paid their final respects.

Cargo died last week at age 84.

At a funeral Mass in Santa Fe’s historic cathedral, Archbishop Michael Sheehan remembered Cargo as a liberal Republican who advocated for Hispanics and Native Americans and tried to improve literacy in the state.

“He was clearly for the underdog, and clearly for the poor,” Sheehan said.

Cargo was governor from 1967 through 1970.

During his tenure, New Mexico enacted protections against discrimination for the blind and visually impaired. Cargo also Login to read more

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