This year New Mexico will be electing a new attorney general. Republican Susan Riedel and Democrat Hector Balderas and are squaring off as candidates for the office.
Incumbent state Auditor Hector Balderas appears to view the position of Attorney General as an opportunity to further his career (after all, ya know the position of AG means “aspiring governor” for many of these power-hungry Democrats). Balderas is an inexperienced lawyer who has spent most of his time the last few years in Santa Fe– not the courtroom– and even reportedly had difficultly passing the bar.
After failing to pass the New Mexico bar exam in the summer of 2001 and fall of 2002, Balderas passed on his third attempt and was admitted to the bar in the fall of 2002. He served from 2002 to 2003 as an Assistant District Attorney for Bernalillo County prosecuting DUI and domestic violence offenders.
Pretty light-weight experience for a guy seeking to be the most powerful law-man in the state. Is Hector even qualified for Attorney General?!
The Republican seeking the position of Attorney General is Susan Riedel of Las Cruces. Reidel is a former judge and prosecutor, with over 25 years of experience, who worked in the Dona Ana District Attorney’s office under Governor Susana Martinez.
Really, it’s pretty obvious who is better suited for the position of New Mexico Attorney General. Hector Balderas would be the WRONG choice!