Alleged groper Gov. MLG funnels over $62K in hush money to ex-staffer in settlement

In 2019, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham was accused by former campaign spokesman James Hallinan of sexual and physical abuse. Hallinan claimed then-U.S. Rep. Lujan Grisham “took a water bottle and dumped it on my crotch and then slapped and grabbed me in front of everybody.” 

He claims this assault happened during a senior staff meeting held at Representative Deborah Armstrong’s (D-Bernalillo) home in the summer of 2018. Armstrong was formerly Gov. Lujan Grisham’s business partner in “Delta Consulting,” a company that has allegedly grifted the people of New Mexico by upcharging the sick in the state’s high-risk insurance pool despite Obamacare effectively making the program obsolete.

Hallinan claimed he was talked out of reporting the incident by then-Lujan Grisham campaign manager Dominic Gabello, who is now a senior adviser in the Governor’s Office.

Now, according to an Albuquerque Journal report, the Governor’s campaign has shelled out “at least $62,500” According to the report, “The payments went to a law firm representing James Hallinan, a spokesman for Lujan Grisham during her 2018 general election campaign. The five monthly payments of $12,500 are outlined in a campaign finance report filed late Monday by Lujan Grisham’s campaign with the Secretary of State’s Office. They are listed as legal expenses, with one payment a month from November through March.” 

The Governor’s campaign spokesman Jared Leopold said the payments are part of a settlement resolving “numerous dubious and disputed potential claims made by Mr. Hallinan arising from his employment in 2018 with the campaign organization and his subsequent search for employment.”

Lujan Grisham, Gabello and the campaign organization itself “strenuously deny that there is any merit or truth to Mr. Hallinan’s claims, including his claims about difficulty finding or keeping work after the campaign,” Leopold said. “They reached a settlement in order to avoid the continuing distraction and significant expense of possible litigation and allow them to concentrate on working for the people of New Mexico during this pandemic.”

Rachel Berlin Benjamin, Hallinan’s attorney said the governor and Hallinan “have resolved any differences or issues to their satisfaction.”

If Hallninan’s claims were without merit, it is unclear why the Governor is now conceding to the former staffer via tens of thousands of dollars in campaign cash now and possibly in the future to keep him silent. Could this scandal have contributed to the Governor turning down a cabinet position in the Joe Biden regime?

Hallinan has also accused lawmakers, including state Sen. Jacob Candelaria (D-Bernalillo), of sexual assault, writing on Twitter that Candelaria allegedly sexually abused him at the Bull Ring restaurant while Hallinan worked for state Reps. Brain Egolf (D-Santa Fe) and Moe Maestas (D-Bernalillo). 


12 thoughts on “Alleged groper Gov. MLG funnels over $62K in hush money to ex-staffer in settlement”

    1. NM has no recall, only impeachment. With a Democrat majority, that’ll never happen
      Our only option is to vote her out.

      1. NM dose have a Right to indict anyone , this is done by a petition to the district court of Jurisdiction ( SEE NM. State Constitution Art.II sec14 2nd paragraph ) rules of indictment a petition of 200 registered voters in the Jusrisdiction shall be presented to a Judge who then orders a idicment !

  1. “If Hallinan’s claims were without merit, it is unclear why the Governor is now conceding to the former staffer via tens of thousands of dollars in campaign cash now and possibly in the future to keep him silent. Could this scandal have contributed to the Governor turning down a cabinet position in the Joe Biden regime?

    I’m not too sure if I feel any sympathy for Hallinan (he appears to be an opportunist), but obviously MLG is trying very hard to keep him quiet and out of the public eye. leading up to her campaign for re-election. My gut tells me he is not going to go away.

    1. Exactly; If Governor Groper Grifter hadn’t “allegedly” groped Halinan, then wouldn’t she have fought it in a court of law? Wait a minute though, does rule of law exist in the courts any longer??? What does she care, she’s not putting out any money for the payoff…

  2. A country that only serves God with it’s lips only is destined to fail.
    Welcome to the hell you are creating by supporting those whose God is only themselves, by doing nothing but just talk while others work tirelessly to destroy all you hold dear.
    America has become fat, dumb, and lazy! I would add godless, but you have many gods and the main one is your love of money, comfort and self. Don’t be shocked. Mankind has been this way since the Adam and Eve! Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it.
    There has been a deliberate dumbing down of America and for decades we have fallen for it.

    The Deliberate Dumbing Down Of America-

    Americans deserve what is coming because you/we have done it to ourselves by merely pointing the finger instead of moving the whole hand, by not using our minds and our feet and speaking out against the Communist/Marxists and have not been willing to sweat, let alone spill blood to stop the tyrannical leadership. We have allowed ourselves to be like sheep led to the slaughter.
    What have you done to stop this from happening? Have you voted for those who hate you and wish to destroy you for their own gain and power? They promised you many things but never delivered it. Instead they are taking everything. America is full of the Judas types and those that allow these people to continue are just generations of Judas descendants who have sold out their faith, their families, their country and themselves for a bag of small coins. If the coins made you so happy why must you come back for more election after election. Because what they offer does not satisfy you?

    Abraham Lincoln said-“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and we lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”-

    History Repeats itself: 1 Samuel 8
    Samuel’s Warning
    10 So Samuel spoke all the words of the LORD to the people who were asking him for a king. 11 He said, “This will be the manner of the king who will reign over you: He will take your sons and appoint them to his own chariots and horses, to run in front of his chariots.

    12 He will appoint some for himself as commanders of thousands and of fifties, and others to plow his ground, to reap his harvest, to make his weapons of war, and to equip his chariots.
    13 And he will take your daughters to be perfumers, cooks, and bakers.
    14 He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his servants. 15He will take a tenth of your grain and grape harvest and give it to his officials and servants. 16And he will take your menservants and maidservants and your best cattleb and donkeys and put them to his own use.
    17 He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves.
    18 When that day comes, you will beg for relief from the king you have chosen, but the LORD will not answer you on that day.”
    God Grants the Request
    19 Nevertheless, the people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We must have a king over us. 20 Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to judge us, to go out before us, and to fight our battles.”
    21 Samuel listened to all the words of the people and repeated them in the hearing of the LORD.
    22 “Listen to their voice,” the LORD said to Samuel. “Appoint a king for them.”
    This is where we are now, always wanting never getting….God told us what begging for “Kings” would do to us, He exposed their very nature but no one ever believes the truth, they hunger for the lies.

  3. surprise surprise–just ANOTHER scandalous ordeal by that fine representative.It’s well past time to take the Loserjan regime down!!

  4. So in addition to being a Marxist and a murderer she is a whore, or more accurately, a sexual predator.

    Proverbs 12:5 the advice of the wicked is deceitful. MLG is wicked, by the biblical definition, therefore I refuse to comply with anything she says.

  5. Is there any way to make her pay this out of her own pocket? She also needs to reimburse NM for her abuse of funds for her personal use.

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