New Mexico PRC race a battle not debate
July 31, 2008 in State Party News
The race for the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission District 3 between Democrat Jerome Block, Jr. and Green Party’s Rick Lass has been aggressive and borderline nasty so far, and that doesn’t look to be changing any time soon. Lass and Block have already traded shots about each other’s past infractions with the law, and now the debate is on their education (or lack of) and experience (or lack of).
But use the word “debate” loosely, because their won’t be one if Jerome Block gets his way.
This article (Santa Fe New Mexican) can catch you up on this race, “Block, Lass forgo debate but not battle”:
Responding to Block’s public refusal to debate — in which Block belittled Lass’ past jobs as a “pizza delivery person” and grocery clerk — Lass on Wednesday released an open letter in which he raises questions about Block’s education and his job in the title-insurance business.
“Your only qualification seems to be your employment by the title insurance industry, which represents an enormous conflict of interest given the PRC sets the price of title insurance in New Mexico,” Lass wrote. “How can the voters trust you to represent them on rate hearings involving an industry for which you were on the payroll and may still be?” (Before the primary Block took a leave of absence from his job as sales manager for the Land America title insurance company.)
Keep your eye on this race.