By David Arkin
Rep. Brian Moore, R-Clayton, on Friday said he plans to run for the minority floor post in the state House of Representatives.
Moore said he thinks it’s time for a change in leadership.
“Some people have asked me to take this on,” he said. “I think we need some rural leadership.”
Moore’s district includes much of eastern New Mexico. He just finished serving his second term.
Rep. Ted Hobbs, R-Bernalillo, currently holds the House’s minority floor post.
Things are up in the air concerning the House’s leadership.
It’s unlikely that Rep. Joe Thompson, R-Bernalillo, the current House minority whip, will continue after being charged on March 3 with drunken driving.
The incident occurred less than 24 hours after he attended a ceremony where Gov. Bill Richardson approved stronger DWI penalties.
Last week, Thompson withdrew from the race for the state Public Regulation Commission.
“We just don’t know if Thompson is coming back,” Moore said. He was sure there were others who would be interested in the position he’s seeking.
“There are probably others who are interested, but we need some rural representation there,” he said. “It seems like there are some opportunities there.”
The House’s GOP will pick its leadership.