Griego again under fire for serving as broker in sale of state real estate

Sen. Phil Griego, D-San Jose, is shown in February during a Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee hearing at the state Capitol. Griego, chairman of the committee, was absent Friday following lengthy discussions among his colleagues about a state property deal he had brokered after approving legislation allowing the real estate sale. Luis Sánchez Saturno/New Mexican file photo

State Sen. Phil Griego was absent from the New Mexico Legislature on Friday, hours after lengthy party caucuses in which his colleagues discussed Griego profiting from a controversial real estate deal.

Griego, D-San Jose, last year voted to sell a state-owned building near the Capitol, then became the broker for the business that bought it.

He has said that nothing was unethical or improper about his making money from a deal that began with a legislative action.