From now on, it will be hard to take state Democratic Party Chairwoman Marg Elliston seriously.She had the chance this week to stand up for ordinary people, the ones her party counts as its base.She chose instead to stand with Andrea Romero, the Democratic nominee in House District 46 and a free spender of other people’s money.Romero was executive director of the Regional Coalition of Los Alamos National Laboratory Communities. That mouthful of a title ought to be shortened to The Grifters.A special state audit released this week showed Romero and members of this coalition cared primarily about having a good time at public expense. And Romero topped everyone in wasting money.The audit found the coalition misspent $51,519 in taxpayers’ money. Romero is responsible for more than half of the improper spending — a total of $26,862, auditors found.For months, Romero had made a show of saying a mere $580 was misspent by the coalition, and that she had repaid it. The audit tells a truer story. It reveals the depths of abuse by Romero and members of the coalition.She and her cohorts spent public money on extravagances such as liquor, meals at upscale restaurants and Major League Baseball tickets.