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By James A. Lyons Jr.
The president has shifted alliance from friend to enemy
Topic - Ben R. Luján
New Mexico has been selected to receive a $3.7 million federal grant to help school districts turn around persistently low achieving schools.
Like other politicians eager to show the public they're not beholden to Washington's special interests, Democratic Rep. Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico has proudly refused to take campaign contributions from federal lobbyists.
Lujan's son, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, said in a statement that his mother and family "are genuinely hurt and offended by what was said."
Lujan spokesman pointed out that Mr. Raben wasn't in attendance, but acknowledged that the congressman's position on taking campaign cash from lobbyists had changed.