Tuesday, January 20, 2009

JENNINGS STAYS AS PRO-TEM

Sen. Tim Jennings wil remain as Senate president pro-tem. The Senate, with no discussion, voted 23-18 for Jennings over challenger Sen. Carlos Cisneros, D-Questa.

The vote breakdown was all 15 Republicans and eight Dems for Jennings. The Dems to jump ship were Jennings, John Arthur Smith, Linda Lopez, Linda Lovejoy, Howie Morales, Mary Kay Papen, and newcomers John Sapien and George Munoz.

What are the implications?

First of all Gov. Bill Richardson will continue having splitiing headaches that begin in the state Senate.

Secondly, if this was considered a test for progressive Democrats in the Senate, that doesn't bode well for that faction. One domestic partnership advocate told me this morning that the election of Jennings would be bad for that cause.

There will be much more about this in tomorrow's New Mexican.

1 comment:

  1. How quickly we forget. The Domestic Partnership bill, HB 9 (HB 21 this session), was defeated in the Senate Judiciary committee when Lidio G. Rainaldi (D) voted against it. He was "turned" by Nora Espinoza, HD 59, and apparently got so much flack about that vote from fellow Democrats that he did not run for re-election. Since the bill did not make it to the Senate floor, Jennings never voted on it.

    I think the progressive faction needs to consider this a lesson learned in 'going along to get along,' or as de Tocqueville said, "compromise, compromise, compromise."

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