Saturday, November 13, 2010

Taylor Hangs on to House Minority Leader Post

The state House Republicans, meeting in caucus this morning, voted to keep their current slate of leaders.

In a secret vote, Rep. Tom Taylor of Farmington survived a challenged from Rep. Larry Larranaga of Albuquerque. Also re-elected were GOP Whip Keith Gardner of Roswell and Caucus Leader Anna Crook of Clovis.

In a written statement Taylor said, "The state needs to get its fiscal house in order and our caucus is resolute in doing just that ... we have a great opportunity to reform government and create a new environment for growth and jobs”.

But still a lurking question is whether the House Republicans are willing to back the possible insurgent candidacy of Rep. Joe Cervantes, who might be challenging House Speaker Ben Lujan.

Stay tuned.