Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Slideshow: 2009 Democratic Party of New Mexico Legislative Dinner
Last night the Democratic Party of New Mexico hosted its 20th Annual Legislative Dinner at the Santa Fe Convention Center. The gathering represents one of the principle fundraising events for the DPNM, and it was very well attended by rank and file Dems and Party supporters from around the state, as well as lawmakers, candidates and officeholders. DPNM Chairman Javier Gonzales, the State Party staff and volunteers and the dinner steering committee did a great job of organizing and hosting a successful and high-energy event.
After a pair of receptions, the dinner group was greeted by Chairman Javier Gonzales and Santa Fe Mayor David Coss. Featured speakers included Speaker of the House Ben Lujan, Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez and Congressman Harry Teague, with Lt. Gov. Diane Denish giving the keynote. We also heard from staffers from the offices of Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall. Governor Bill Richardson was in attendance but did not formally address the group. We also enjoyed a slideshow filled with lawmakers past and present, and a warm-hearted video tribute to former Governor Bruce King, who passed away this past November.
Perhaps the loudest applause was reserved for Sen. Michael Sanchez's impassioned plea for passage of a domestic partnership bill during his speech to the group. He did diversity justice and made a persuasive argument for supporting a civil rights plank that's been a part of the Democratic Platform for several election cycles. Thank you Senator Sanchez. Let's hope all the other Democrats in the State Senate follow suit at long last.
All photos by M.E. Broderick.