SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez is pressuring the Senate to act more quickly on a backlog of appointees awaiting confirmation hearings.
In a rare move, the Republican governor on Wednesday told the Senate she was withdrawing – at least temporarily – the nominations for 53 appointees to various state boards and commissions in a bid to make the Senate act more quickly on higher-profile appointees.
In a statement, Martinez spokesman Michael Lonergan accused two prominent Senate Democrats – Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth of Santa Fe and Senate Rules Committee Chairwoman Linda Lopez of Albuquerque – of playing political games with the confirmations.
“They have willfully neglected their constitutional duty by stalling on key confirmations – like regents for our major universities – despite the fact that most of these nominees have been previously confirmed,” Lonergan told the Journal.
However, top-ranking senators questioned Wednesday whether the governor was attempting to circumvent the confirmation process.
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