4 lawmakers express reservations about Carruthers

Posted at: 05/03/2013 11:05 AM
Updated at: 05/03/2013 11:07 AM
By: The Associated Press

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Four Las Cruces state lawmakers say they have "serious reservations" about former Republican Gov. Garrey Carruthers, who's up for the New Mexico State University presidency.

Democratic Reps. Phillip Archuleta, Nate Cote, Bill McCamley and Jeff Steinborn issued a statement Thursday following an Albuquerque Journal report about Carruther's work in the 1990s for a tobacco-backed group. The Journal reported Carruthers was chairman of The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition, which was formed by a public relations group working for tobacco giant Philip Morris.

Steinborn also suggested Carruthers "isn't convinced of climate change." Carruthers didn't take a position on the issue when asked last Monday.

NMSU Board of Regents chair Mike Cheney says he wishes the legislators had commented earlier in the process. Regents are expected to reveal their pick on Monday.

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