SANTA FE  – The intra-party fight among New Mexico Democrats took another turn Thursday, with one powerful Senate leader defending one of his colleagues and chastising the chairman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico on the floor of the Senate.

“Last week we had a member of the Democratic Party call out one of our senators,” Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, D-Belen, said in front of the full Senate.

Sanchez was referring to party chairman Sam Bregman, who last week singled out state Sen. John Arthur Smith, D-Deming, a fiscal conservative.