About 120 people turned out for Ben Ray Lujan’s town hall tonight. He’s the representative for Northern New Mexico and the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives.
No obvious MAGATs. The district is pretty thoroughly Democratic.
Lujan gave an overview of legislation the House has passed, but of course not the Senate, and then opened things up for questions.
The one question I was interested in was about impeachment. It was from a woman who said she was from Las Vegas, NM, and came from a Democratic family and had been a Democrat all her life.
The question was a little scattered, although she seemed to be disappointed in the Democratic Party – “not what it used to be” – I took this to be for not being more assertive on impeachment. Luhan started his answer with a short recap of bills passed. I think this was a bit defensive in response to the criticism, which he may have taken differently than I did.
He became visibly emotional when he addressed impeachment. “I don’t think I should look forward to investigating the President of the United States.” Coming out in favor of impeachment hearings seems to have been a difficult decision for him. He talked around the question a bit and was clearly uncomfortable in a way he wasn’t with any other question. “I don’t pride myself on this.”
He also said that Nancy Pelosi is in a different place than Jerrold Nadler on impeachment, but didn’t expand.