Though appointed by Richardson, I'd like to think their actions (which are legal) were to benefit the community and not enrich themselves (heck they don't need enriching -- Cope's Lasco Construction already builds most of the local new construction, including the Hobbs school additions.) I guess I have a soft spot for them; I've met and talked with Johnny several years ago and he's very likable and down-home folksy. And they have done a lot for this oil-patch town.
To get a better idea of who the Johnny Cope is, read this article from the Journal published in 2007.
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Is Lasco doing the construction work for New Mexico Junior College?
To think, where I come from much was made about my old (and late) boss's $25000 contribution to the current and outgoing Oregon Dem governor (though the lion's share of his political contributions went to Republicans). He also served on the state Transportation Commission, appointed by the current and past Democratic governors. After his death, the Transportation Commission moved and voted to rename Eugene's former Beltline Highway in his honor. The leftist crowd in Eugene went nuts, to think a major highway would be renamed in honor of a (R)ich capitalist. But the renaming came to pass and I'm pleased. My late boss was really a great guy and for everything he did in Oregon and the Eugene area he deserved the honor.