Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Lyons Politicking Despite Controversies: Seeks Campaign Money, But For What? Plus: Who Gets Santa Fe Power Of Ousted Silva And Robinson? 

Commissioner Lyons
It's been a rocky tenure for GOP State Land Commissioner Pat Lyons, with some insider saying his political future is on the rocks. But Lyons apparently disagrees. Insiders forward a fundraising letter Lyons sent out n May in which he asks for campaign donations for an unspecified office.

"My second term ends in 2010 and I am considering my next move. One thing is for sure, I will be New Mexico's conservative voice."

Lyons is asking for contributions of up to $1000. The land commissioner has taken a major political hit over his cozy relationship with a land developer in Las Cruces, a relationship that has earned him the scorn of the editorial pages and put him squarely in he sights of Democratic Attorney General Gary King who has been eyeing land office activities.

Lyons has often been mentioned as a possible GOP candidate for governor, but that talk has quieted given the controversies the former state senator has endured during his tenure as land boss. Political speculation has also had Lyons running for the state Public Regulation Commission when his land office term expires, with present GOP PRC member David King in turn taking a run at the land office.


Still waiting to hear whether ABQ attorney Pat Rogers will get a challenge when he seeks the post of GOP National Committeeman at Saturday's statewide GOP convention in Cruces. Talk that former Hobbs Mayor Monty Newman would challenge Rogers hasn't gone anywhere. Rogers is a longtime ally of Heather Wilson who was beaten last week for the GOP US Senate nomination by Steve Pearce. It will be interesting to see if Pearce's forces nominate someone from the floor to flex their new found muscle, or wait for another time.


How about a guessing game over who will replace Dan Silva as head of the House Transportation Committee? Silva, defeated by Eleanor Chavez in last week's primary, was a close ally of House Speaker Ben Lujan. Initial Roundhouse speculation is confusing on just who Lujan might tap for the post. Any ideas? And how about Senator Shannon Robinson's chairmanship of the Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee? Who gets that one? Will we have musical chairmen? E-mail your insights.


Reaction to our Monday blog on State Rep. Dan Foley's announced plans to give up his legislative seat early to give Dennis Kintigh, who beat Foley in last week's GOP primary, a head start in Santa Fe. Kintigh campaign spokesman Kevin Berry:

"Dennis Kintigh has requested that Rep. Foley serve out the the term he was elected to. Dennis has spoken with Dan and believes that his intentions are honorable and sincere. During this time of transition within the Republican Party, Dennis wants to listen to those who have supported Dan over the years and address their concerns in order to unify the party. Right now, that is his chief political focus. Dennis takes nothing for granted in the fall election and intends to campaign for every possible vote in Chaves, Lincoln, and Otero Counties....

Hang around a couple of more months, Dan. Something fun might happen.


Albuquerque attorney and lobbyist Dick Minzner has a historical bone to pick from our Tuesday night Election coverage on KANW:

Someone on your election night show said that Tibo Chavez was the only New Mexican to serve in all three branches of government. Mack Easley was a House member in the 1960's, Lt. Governor under Jack Campbell, and a Supreme Court Justice, much later.


We have just one question about the following news release from Big Bill's Office. Is this a reality-based TV show?

SANTA FE—Governor Bill Richardson today announced that the Lifetime Original Movie “Sex & Lies in Sin City,” produced by The Konigsberg Company and Sony Pictures Television, will be shot primarily in New Mexico.

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