ICYMI: Dem Chair to Senator: Shape up or pack up


ICYMI: From today’s report on KRQE-TV, Albuquerque:

Days before the 2014 legislative session, the New Mexico Democratic Party’s chair and a powerful Democratic senator are in a major war of words.

The fight’s over a proposed constitutional amendment that would distribute more money out of the state’s approximately $12 billion land grant permanent fund to early childhood education.

Thursday New Mexico Democratic Party chair Sam Bregman identified that piece of legislation as one of the party’s two big priorities this year. But Bregman says a fellow Democrat is standing in the way.

Sen. John Arthur Smith, D-Deming, chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, refused to bring the bill up for a vote in committee last year.

Bregman said at a press conference that if Smith does that again, it might be time for him to find another party.

“‘At some point he would have to consider whether he wants to just join the Governor in doing nothing and whether or not he wants to become a Republican,'” Bregman said.