Rich said he's convinced that the socially liberal Johnson will take more votes from Heinrich. Heinrich's camp, however, ripped into more conservative stances by Johnson, who twice ran successfully for governor as a Republican.
"What a crazy, wacky world we live in," Rich said in a phone interview Tuesday. Johnson is "more in sync with [Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders] than he is with Republicans," Rich said.
Johnson in the past has admitted that some of his views do jibe with those of the independent Sanders, who sought the Democratic nomination for president in 2016 as a standard-bearer for progressives. Johnson in May 2016 told The New Mexican that when he took an online quiz designed to tell you which presidential candidate you most agreed with, "Besides myself, the candidate I agreed with the most was Bernie Sanders. I agreed with Bernie on 73 percent of the issues."
However, he added, "When we come to that 'T' in the road, economic policy, that's when he heads in one direction and I go in the other."