Legislative staff sought info on lawmaker's rival

Posted at: 04/08/2014 7:53 AM
By: The Associated Press

Legislative Finance Committee Director David Abbey
Legislative Finance Committee Director David Abbey
Photo: NMlegis.gov

SANTA FE (AP) - A since-withdrawn request by New Mexico legislative staff for law enforcement records on a legislator's election opponent is being called inappropriate by Gov. Susana Martinez's office.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that Legislative Finance Committee Director David Abbey requested records involving any hunting and fishing violations by a man running against Democratic Rep. Patricia Lundstrom of Gallup.
Abbey withdrew the request the same day, and he says he hadn't known that the man was planning to run against Lundstrom.
Martinez spokesman Enrique Knell says the legislative staff shouldn't be doing political campaign research on legislators' opponents.
Lundstrom says there was a miscommunication and that she asked the legislative staff how the records could be legally requested. She says she had the request withdrawn after learning it had been made.

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