ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two “Breaking Bad” stars who tried to nab drug lords in the fictional AMC-TV series are trying to shake up the New Mexico political scene in real life.
Dean Norris, who played DEA agent Hank Schrader on the show, is campaigning for Steven Michael Quezada, who is running for the Bernalillo County Commission, KOB-TV reports (http://goo.gl/9aOubC). Quezada played DEA agent, “Gomey,” in the series.
Norris was back in Albuquerque last week urging residents to register to vote. He then attended events with Quezada.
“It’s the great right that we have in this country, so first thing you’ve got to do is register,” Norris said. “People complain about the political process all the time without registering to vote. That’s the first step to fixing things.”
The 52-year-old Quezada, an elected Albuquerque Public Schools board member, is one of four candidates seeking a District 2 commission seat.
“This is really important that we use the power of ‘Breaking Bad’ and what television does and what media does to get people back involved in the process,” Quezada said.
Quezada said Bob Odenkirk, who played a sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman on “Breaking Bad” and spinoff “Better Call Saul,” also will campaign on his behalf.
The Bernalillo County Commission recently voted to approve a planned community despite activists’ fears the development would take water away from nearby communities. Concern over the development brought protests from South Valley farmers at commissioners’ meetings.
The master plan for a nearly 22-square-mile development known as Santolina would rival some of the state’s largest cities once completed in 50 years, and it comes during a period of heightened concerns over water following years of severe drought.
Quezada, who voted against the plan as a member of the Albuquerque Public Schools, said the plan lacked the needed schools at a time when the area is seeing school overcrowding.
Quezada is getting active in New Mexico Democratic Party politics just as the party is licking its wounds from a historic defeat in 2014 with the re-election of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and the GOP takeover of the New Mexico House. Other Democrats have sought Quezada’s support, and he has lent his voice for commercials.