I can’t believe what I just read in a press release issued by the Senate Democrats:
Today I conveyed a request to the Governor asking that he reconsider his lack of support for the Senate Rules Committee’s new confirmation process a process which reflects the deepening sensitivity to ethics and good governmental conduct in the State. Last year the Committee brought greater accountability and credibility to the confirmation procedure, said Senator Linda M. Lopez (D-Bernalillo-11), but our efforts were brought to a halt when the Governor ordered the Department of Public Safety to stop making appointee background checks available to the Committee.
What possible reason could the Governor have to keep the committee responsible for confirming appointments in the dark? Without checks, there are no balances.