The word “bipartisan” is often tossed around in political discourse as the gold standard of politics to which our elected officials should aspire.
But sometimes that should be taken with a grain of salt.
The downside of reaching across the aisle was on full display at the New Mexico Legislature last week when Sen. Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, D-Albuquerque, with support from Sen. Pat Woods, R-Broadview, booted a reporter for KRQE News 13 and her camera equipment from a public meeting of the Senate Conservation Committee deliberating a hazardous waste bill. Nothing like progressives and conservatives finding common ground.
Reporter Rachel Knapp was doing her job when Sedillo Lopez (who was chairing the meeting because Chairwoman Liz Stefanics, D-Cerrillos, was presenting a bill), asked Knapp if she had permission from the chair to record the proceedings. She didn’t. “I just figured it was a public meeting,” Knapp replied, as reported by the Santa Fe New Mexican. “I’m Rachel with Channel 13. I’m a reporter.”