Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Lawmaker May Lose Shot at Job.(Final)

Byline: Kate Nash Journal Capitol Bureau

Nunez Wants To Be Ag Director

SANTA FE State Rep. Andy Nunez is confident he is qualified to head the state's Department of Agriculture.

But the Attorney General's Office, after he requested an opinion, isn't so sure.

Nunez, one of three finalists for the job, asked the office whether a legislator can resign to head the department.

The office's advisory letter concludes that a legislator is precluded under the state Constitution from resigning during his or her term to head the Department of Agriculture.

Nunez, a Hatch Democrat, disagrees and has had two private attorneys review the three-page letter, which he called "wishy washy. …

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