The lone Republican on the Bernalillo County Commission is now its leader and depending on whom you ask, that represents either the dawn of a new era or a blatant affront to county voters.
In a move that sparked a series of minisermons from the dais, the five-member commission narrowly elected Lonnie Talbert its chairman last week.
Democratic Commissioners Charlene Pyskoty and Steven Michael Quezada supported Talbert in the 3-2 vote.
Pyskoty explained their reasoning by reading a prepared joint statement touting Talbert’s independent voice and his past support of immigrants, “common-sense gun laws” and recognition of the climate crisis. Making him chair, she said, demonstrates the county’s bipartisanship.