On Monday, Twitter caught fire after Rep. Gregg Schmedes, M.D., who is running for state Senate posted a letter from New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas “memorializing” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s strict mask mandate, which carries a $100 fine and up to six months in jail for violation of the mandate.
Balderas’ letter reads, “any provisions of … any order … adopted pursuant to the provisions of the Public Health Act is guilty of a petty misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine not to exceed one hundred dollars ($100) or imprisonment in the county jail for a definite term not to exceed six months or both such fine and imprisonment in the discretion of the court.” He continued, “Since the face covering mandate is promulgated pursuant to this section, among other provisions of law, any certified law enforcement officer in the State of New Mexico may enforce the failure to comply with this provision.”
Upon pushback on her edicts from law enforcement officers and other officials, Lujan Grisham penned an op-d in the Albuquerque Journal, claiming they “ignored their duty to their fellow New Mexicans” by deliberately sticking it to the Governor.
Previously, Lujan Grisham broke her own orders by having a “non-essential” business (Lilly Barrack jewelry store) open up specifically for her so she could adorn herself with expensive luxuries — while New Mexicans suffered — many of them having to close their businesses for good.
On Tuesday, the New Mexico Legislature opened an investigation into Lujan Grisham for abusing her emergency spending powers by blowing $40 million on her COVID-19 response, which exceeds her allowed spending limit of $750,000 in extraordinary circumstances. She spent 53 times what she was allowed, and legislators on both sides of the aisle are now asking questions and looking for answers.
As reported on in June, thousands of New Mexicans have followed Lujan Grisham’s call for citizens to turn on each other and “snitch” on people not wearing masks or violating her public health orders by sending complaints to the Department of Public Safety. The new rules issued by Lujan Grisham to potentially throw people in jail for half a year are now just another incentive for citizens to turn on each other — this time, with life-altering consequences … simply for not wearing a mask.