Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Racing Commission Delays Action.(New Mexico)

Byline: Fritz Thompson Journal Staff Writer

The New Mexico Racing Commission postponed consideration of a case involving one of its own members Wednesday after being told that an internal investigation of an incident at Ruidoso Downs was not yet finished.

And no matter what the commission finds out, it cannot take formal, punitive action against fellow commissioner Susan Vescovo, according to legal advice from Assistant Attorney General Francie Cordova.

"The commission serves at the pleasure of the governor," Cordova said. "You can make a recommendation to the governor and he can follow it, not follow it or conduct his own investigation."

Cordova told the commission that a separate code of conduct applying specifically to the racing commission was adopted in July 1993. …

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