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Shameful actions

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By Ralph Damiani

Generally we don’t question voters, the will of the electorate is how the wind blows. But this year, we have to.

The election of Jerome Block Jr. to the Public Regulation Commission is nothing short of disgusting. And we believe it is due in part to the fact that people can straight party vote in this state – something that should be as out-dated as voter tests.

What makes this all the more shocking is the fact that the Associated Press reported Friday that Block went ahead and paid more than $21,000 in penalties to the secretary of state for campaign finance violations.

And there are even questions of where the money he paid the fines with are coming from.

The newly elected Democrat who represents the northern New Mexico district of the PRC, made the payments Thursday.

He was fined $11,000 for making false statements on a campaign finance report and misusing public money provided for his campaign. He also had to return $10,700 in public funds.

Block, who complained the penalties were excessive, defeated Green Party candidate Rick Lass in last week’s general election, winning 56 percent of the vote.


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