Quotes of the day from the New Mexico Legislature

January 16, 2019 GMT

Heard on the 2019 Legislature’s opening day:

“I feel like Patton after World War II. Who do I fight?” — A worker in the Roundhouse, speaking of the difference between the environment in the Capitol last year and this year, with one party in control.

“When we install an outdoor recreation coordinator in this state, that office will make sure New Mexico is on the map for bikers, hikers, campers, hunters and fishermen and fisherwomen. Yes, fisherwomen, and I got the biggest fish of all.” — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, gesturing to her fianceé, Manuel Cordova, during her State of the State address.


“It doesn’t make sense to try and kill the golden goose and cash all our golden eggs.” — House Minority Whip Rod Montoya, R-Farmington, arguing that the governor’s address would harm the oil and gas industry that is driving the state’s current budget surplus.

“The balance on those new chairs is a little forward, so don’t lean too forward on them and fall on your desk.” — Rep. Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe, speaking to freshmen representatives about the new chairs installed in the House of Representatives this year.

“Send all lobbyists Dan’s way.” — Sen. Jeff Steinborn, D-Las Cruces, referring to his identical twin brother.

“Because clean energy is the future, and we all know New Mexico has the sunshine and the wind capacity to be a global leader in this new era. And I’ve shown today the wind capacity.” — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, nearing the end of her State of the State Address.

“It’s orderly and focused and, dare I say, bipartisan.” — Sen. Bill O’Neill, D-Albuquerque, on the workings of the state Senate. O’Neill, who formerly served in the House of Representatives, was commenting on which chamber he regards as the more courteous and capable.

“Everyone is feeling optimistic. There’s money.” —Marcela Diaz, executive director of Somos un Pueblo Unido, an advocacy group for immigrants that often works on legislation, such as laws against wage theft.