Albuquerque, Nov. 22—Earlier this month, the elected Albuquerque City Council voted to override the mayor’s unelected board of environmental extremists. Bill O-23-88, aimed to replace the unelected Air Quality Control Board with “a diverse representation of experts in the relevant subject matter” rather than “individuals advocating for specific interests”, and R-23-176, would prevent the board from passing the highly restrictive, business-killing Health, Environment, and Equity Impacts rule. Today, Democratic Mayor Tim Keller vetoed both bills, placing his allegiance to extremists over the concerns of numerous New Mexican small business owners.
The Republican Party of New Mexico chairman and former congressman Steve Pearce blasted the mayor’s decision: “We’ve had enough of wannabe dictators and their extremist views. New Mexico needs jobs and businesses that will bring those jobs. Democrats, contrary to their name, want to force undemocratic regulations on all businesses and mandate you drive an electric car even if that’s not the right decision for you. Republicans stand for your choice, your jobs, and common sense.”