Speaker Lujan Vulnerable?

From the archive of NMPolitics.net - Many say House Speaker Ben Luján’s near-loss in last week’s Democratic primary should be a warning to all incumbents that no one is safe this election year. I disagree. I’m convinced that voter anger is strong, but I’m not convinced that it’s motivating the masses to reject all incumbents, regardless of their records. What Luján’s near-loss does show is that his power is continuing to fade away. Don’t count him out – the man who holds the second-most powerful position in state government is a skilled politician who holds a lot of cards and undoubtedly still has a few tricks up his sleeves. Read the rest of Heath Haussamen's column here:
News New Mexico heard persistent rumors prior to the last session of the New Mexico legislature that Dona Ana County's own House member Joseph Cervantes (right) may well be in line for Speaker of the House when the long often torutous and controversial reign of Ben Lujan finally comes to an end. Cervantes is a seasoned legislature and would make an excellent successor according to many sources we rely on.



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