We hear a lot that civility died in the recent election, but it survives here and there.
Republican Janice Arnold-Jones and Democrat Alan Webber, former candidates for governor, proved that speaking recently to New Mexico Press Women.
On New Mexico elections:
“The truth lost,” said Arnold-Jones, a former state representative. “I have never seen such complete willingness to abandon the truth – on both sides.” She said Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, the target of the governor’s political broadsides, “was a thorn in the side but a decent human being.”
“Michael Sanchez was defeated by a scurrilous campaign,” said Webber. “It was a dark spot on the election.”
He said the crime bills introduced in the special session “were a carefully laid trap to go after Democrats, in particular, Michael Sanchez.” The reality is that legislators “are too close to voters to be soft on crime,” he said.
On New Mexico’s economy:
Despite continuing bad news, the two describe themselves as optimistic. The way forward, both say, is to focus on infrastructure.