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Politics Notebook: Treasurer undeterred by falling Nambé ware

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SANTA FE – New Mexico’s polite and dapper state Treasurer James Lewis isn’t the type to wear a hat to a State Investment Council meeting in the Governor’s Office, but this week he had an excuse.

State Treasurer James Lewis bought a hat and kept on working after being injured in an office mishap on Monday. (Dean Hanson/Albuquerque Journal)

State Treasurer James Lewis bought a hat and kept on working after being injured in an office mishap on Monday. (Dean Hanson/Albuquerque Journal)

Lewis was bonked on the head in his office Monday morning by a falling Nambé platter and some framed photographs.

Two deep gashes prompted a trip to the hospital, where he got 17 stitches.

From the emergency room, Lewis headed to a store to buy a replacement for his bloody shirt and a hat to conceal the injuries.

“It looks pretty bad. I didn’t think anybody would want to sit there and look at my head,” Lewis told the Journal.

He said his staff tried to persuade him to go home rather than to the Monday afternoon SIC meeting – which lasted four hours – but he didn’t want to skip it.

“I had promised them I was going to be there, and I didn’t know if they were going to have a quorum. I try not to miss a meeting unless I really have to,” the treasurer said.

Lewis said the heavy commemorative platter and the photographs were atop a tall piece of furniture next to his desk and apparently had been left on the edge after an office cleaning.

Lewis has been treasurer in two separate decades, for more than a dozen a years, and leaves office at the end of the year.

You can reach Deborah Baker at 505-992-6267 or dbaker@abqjournal.com.

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