Wednesday, February 17, 2010

(NM) Senate rejects environmental board pick

Steve Terrell | The New Mexican
Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 -

"Old wounds among Democratic state senators helped sink Gov. Bill Richardson's nominee to an environmental board on Tuesday.

The Senate voted 17-25 to reject the nomination of Neri Holguin to the state Environmental Improvement Board. It was the first time since 1997 that the Senate rejected a governor's nomination.

Ten Democrats joined all 15 Republicans to scuttle the selection of Holguin, who has served on the board for about seven months. The board sets rules and regulations for the state Environment Department.

Holguin is a professional Democratic political consultant who ran the campaigns of at least three current senators and helped on the campaign of at least one other.

Her work in campaigns was one reason cited by some of those who voted against her.

The board has drawn criticism recently from some legislators and business organizations who object to the panel trying to regulate greenhouse gases emissions.

But most of the sparks that flew had to do with Holguin's campaign work. The vote dramatized the split between more conservative members, who opposed the nomination, and the progressive wing, which backed her." More>>>>

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