Environmental group ranks legislators on voting records

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Gov. Susana Martinez greets Allen Weh at a matanza the governor hosted in the South Valley on Saturday. Weh, who will seek the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate, says he and Martinez "have a good relationship." (Courtesy of Allen Weh)

Heading into the state legislative session next week, a New Mexico environmentalist group has ranked its favorite (and least favorite) lawmakers through a scoring of environmental votes.

Using 17 pieces of legislation considered last year as a gauge, Conservation Voters New Mexico recognized 11 House members and nine senators with a 100 percent favorable voting record in 2013.

Using voting records for “lifetime” rankings, Conservation Voters New Mexico slimmed its favorites down to five. The five include Sen. Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, and Sen. Cisco McSorely, D-Albuquerque, who topped the Senate averages with ratings of 98 percent apiece. On the House side, Rep. Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe, and freshmen Reps. Georgene Louis and Patricia Roybal Caballero, both Albuquerque Democrats, led the chart with 100 percent ratings.

Bringing up the bottom of the environmentalist rankings were freshman Sen. Lee Cotter, R-Las Cruces, with a 0 percent rating and freshmen Sen. Cliff Pirtle, R-Roswell, with an 11 percent rating. In the House, freshmen Republican Reps. Kelly Fajardo of Belen, David Gallegos of Eunice and Monica Youngblood of Albuquerque, had averages of between 6 percent and 7 percent.

“New Mexicans should be able to hold their legislators accountable for their votes, and the scorecard helps them do that,” said CVNM Executive Director Demis Foster. “It helps them understand in an easy way how they are doing on conservation issues, so they can hold them accountable.”

Find the full, sortable ranking online at cvnm.org/scorecard.

NO HOSTILITY: Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Allen Weh says he has no hard feelings toward Gov. Susana Martinez four years after the pair displayed a fiery relationship during the 2010 Republican gubernatorial primary.

Weh paid a visit Saturday to a public matanza Martinez hosted in Albuquerque’s South Valley and posted a picture of himself smiling with his former opponent through his Twitter account.

Asked about his relationship with Martinez last week when he announced plans to seek the Republican nomination to challenge Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., Weh said the 2010 election hatchet was buried years ago.

“Gov. Martinez and I have a good relationship,” Weh said.

“I gave her an airplane … to help the State Police,” said the aviation services company owner. “… I’m very proud of that fact.”

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