As the state’s consumer advocate, Attorney General Hector Balderas has done a job worthy of a malpractice suit, the state Public Regulation Commission’s chairman said this week.

Stephen Fischmann of Las Cruces said in Wednesday’s commission meeting the state needs a real utility consumer advocate because the Attorney General’s Office hasn’t fulfilled the role.

“Quite honestly, if they were in the private sector, as a client, I would be suing my attorney, in this case the AG, for malpractice,” Fischmann said, referring to a pair of recent cases that have gone before the commission. “Because I just can’t see how they’re representing the clients they’ve legally been assigned.”

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