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Compromise is not a four-letter word

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By Sherry Robinson

We’ve passed the mid-point of this 60-day legislative session. Time to “evaluate” the new leaders. Weighing in were Joe Monahan, one of the state’s most popular political bloggers, and El Paso Times reporter Milan Simonovich.
Monahan has consistently painted Senate President Mary Kay Papen as a conservative who will sell out the Dems to appease the governor, but Papen describes herself as a fiscal conservative who is liberal on many other issues.
For some reason, the political hounds gave House Speaker Ken Martinez, D-Grants, a little honeymoon before finding him wanting.
Martinez’s offense? His willingness to compromise, a sign of weakness in the minds of some. Monahan pronounced Martinez wimpy, and Simonovich jumped in with this: “Martinez is either the biggest underachiever at the capitol or New Mexico’s version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. He vacillates between coddling fat cats and protecting the most irresponsible people ever to lace up a pair of work boots.”
Martinez has made it clear from day one that he intended to listen and to work with his political adversaries. “Compromise is not a bad word,” he said recently.


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