Legislators and lobbyists rarely clash in public. Their confrontations almost always occur behind the closed door of a secluded office.

Not this year.

In the midst of a tough reelection campaign, Democratic state Rep. Roger Montoya has split from two former supporters. One is the nonprofit advocacy group Planned Parenthood Votes New Mexico. The other is the organization’s lobbyist, Julianna Koob.

Ringside Seat is an opinion column about people, politics and news. Contact Milan Simonich at msimonich@sfnewmexican.com or 505-986-3080.

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