David Francis Cargo
New Mexico Governor - Republican
Two Terms 1967-1968 and 1969-1970 Term Limited
Cargo speaks at the National Spring Republican Governors Conference in Santa Fe, May 1970.
Gov. Cargo opens 1970 State Legislature with his State of the State Address.
Cargo was born in Dowagiac, Michigan and graduated from University of Michigan law school.
A moderate Republican, he was elected from Albuquerque to the State House of Representatives from 1963 to 1967.
Cargo was the youngest elected governor in the State at the age of 37.
He defeated conservative Clifford J. Hawley of Santa Fe in the Republican gubernatorial primary then defeated Democrat T.E. Lusk in 1966.
Cargo again defeated conservative Clifford J. Hawley in the 1968 Republican gubernatorial primary and defeated Democrat Fabian Chavez, Jr.

He entered the 1970 Republican primary for U.S. Senate, but he lost to Anderson "Andy" Carter, who lost to incumbent Joseph M Montoya Jr.

Cargo moved to Portland. Ore. for several years then returned to practice law in Albuquerque.

He entered the 1994 Republican primary for governor, but lost to incumbent Gary Johnson, who went on to be reelected.

He ran for mayor of Albuquerque in 1997 but was defeated by Jim Baca and in 2001 but lost to Martin J. Chávez.

Above, Cargo talks with New Mexico U.S. Representative Ed Foreman at Truth or Consequences.
Foreman, born in New Mexico, in 1963-65 was a congressman from Texas, then was elected and served N.M. from 1969-71.
Left, Cargo with "Truth or Consequences" radio and television Producer Ralph Edwards at the T or C Day ceremonies in 1970.
Hot Springs was renamed after Edwards announced an opportunity for any city to change their name to T or C.
NBC broadcast live the first Truth or Consequences television show from the newly renamed town in 1950.
Right , Cargo signs autographs during T or C parade.
Cargo and his wife, Ida Jo, talk with Governor Frank L Farrar, R-S.D., at the National Spring Republican Governors Conference in Santa Fe, May 1970.
Ida Jo Cargo, New Mexico's first lady.
Cargo became labor's appointment to the City of Albuquerque's Labor-Management Relations Board 1991-92.

His was selected by the city's union president with tthe marching order of selecting a new neutral chairman.

His one failing on the Labor Board was his refusal to select a new neutral chairman.

University of New Mexico Law Professor Albert Utton had served as the neutral chairman for about a dozen years, along with management appointment George Cherpelis.
Cherpelis was also a graduate of the University of Michigan and its law school.
He was a General Motors Corporation Legal Staff Labor Relations Attorney who was associated with and served as a consultant to the city's directors of employee and labor relations.

The Labor Board ruled against me in a case and I appealed to District Court.

Cherpelis wrote me a letter indicating he had been informed that I had filed a lien against his property and demanded I remove it under threat of legal action.

I had not filed a lien against Cherpelis, his wife had in a contested divorce issue.

Cargo told me he had also been informed that I had filed a lien against his property, but he had not believed it.

However, he would not identify who had told him.

It was not the first time I had heard that a city manager was suggesting I used a lien.

It was simply a harassing technique attempting to discredit me, but 10 minutes research in the County Clerk's records office showed me the truth of the matter, that Cherpelis was the one being harassed by his own associates.

Cargo's influence and my appreciation of him was rekindled when he later represented the Albuquerque Police Officers' Association before the 1995 Board of Ethics and Campaign Practices over an unsigned complaint over the APOA's failure to file a campaign financing report in their opposition against the quarter cent public safety tax.
The APOA's stand was that the First Amendment right of association prohibited the government from even asking for the group's accounting on a public issue where no money was given to a candidate.
The Ethics Board determined that because the complaint was unsigned they would neither investigate or hold a hearing into the matter.
Cargo was endorsed by the APOA in his candidacy for mayor.
When I was in a fired state for critically speaking out about the Police Oversigth Commission Cargo publially defended me by saying that .

March 3, 2000, Cargo speaks to an APOA rally before going before City Council requesting pressure at negotiations for a substainal pay raise.