Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Heavyweight Has Some Punch Left.(Editorial Page)(Column)

Byline: LOIE FECTEAU Of the Journal

The big question being bandied about in the halls of the Roundhouse after Manny Aragon was ousted as Senate president pro tem: What will he do next?

George "Jeep" Gilliland, president of the New Mexico Federation of Labor, probably summed up the situation best.

"The one thing I've heard is that was Round One of a 15-round heavyweight bout," Gilliland said.

Aragon lost the pro tem position, which he had held since 1988, by the narrowest of margins Wednesday on the second day of the 2001 legislative session.

Sen. Richard Romero, like Aragon an Albuquerque Democrat, became the new Senate leader after he, Sen. Cisco McSorley, D-Albuquerque, and Sen. Leonard Tsosie, D-Crownpoint, joined with the Senate's 18 Republicans to topple Aragon.

Aragon promptly gave up his front row Senate seat to Romero and moved to the back of the chamber. …

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