Friday, February 3, 2012

Clifford Passes Rules Committee

UPDATE: 2:31 pm As I predicted, the Senate confirmed Tom Clifford for DFA secretary a few minutes ago. The vote was unanimous.

Tom Clifford is the latest appointee of Gov. Susana Martinez to be recommended for confirmation by the Senate Rules Committee.

I'll go out on a limb here and predict that the full Senate will confirm him by the end the day. There's been no opposition, no controversy. Clifford has been around state government for years and is well respected.

If the Senate does get around to confirming him today, he'll be the third Martinez cabinet secretary confirmed this session, following Corrections Secretary Gregg Marcantel and Aging & Long Term Services Secretary Reta Ward.

Still awaiting confirmation are designates Hanna Skandera, Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela,  Arthur Allison at the Department of Indian Affairs; and John Bemis at the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department.