PRC member praises a colleague he just castigated
Nothing ends a political feud like somebody leaving office.
Only seven weeks ago, Public Regulation Commissioner Ben Hall called on fellow Commissioner Jason Marks to resign.
Hall, 75, a Republican from Ruidoso, said Marks lacked the boosterism needed to help the agency they serve on.
“We don’t need your negative attitude,” Hall said to Marks. “If you don’t like the PRC as it is, I suggest you resign.”
Thursday was Marks' last PRC meeting as an elected member, and the occasion seemed to soften Hall.
Past disagreements aside, he praised Marks for his service. Hall even allowed that he had learned from Marks and the other outgoing commissioner, Doug Howe, an independent from Santa Fe.
Marks, D-Albuquerque, had criticized the PRC -- and himself -- for not being as well organized or responsive to the public as it should.
Of Hall, he said: “It’s not personal. But there is a lot of putting lipstick on the pig around here.”
There was a sidelight to Hall's displeasure with Marks, right.
Marks supported three constitional amendments to reshape the PRC. Hall hated them, saying none would do a bit of good for the people of New Mexico.
All three proposals received approval from voters last month.
Marks, 52, is done with the PRC but probably not with politics. He is considering a run for state attorney general in 2014.
He said he may make his decision as soon as January.