State Sen. Jacob Candelaria (D-Bernalillo), announced he will not be seeking another term in the chamber in 2024 after about a year of tumultuous outbursts by the senator, along with many squabbles with his party leaders.
“It’s been a beautiful chapter — it’s been incredibly rewarding — but it’s also incredibly demanding,” Candelaria told the Santa Fe New Mexican.
Candelaria, a lawyer, is a far-left extremist who marched with violent anti-police rioters in the streets of Albuquerque during the George Floyd riots and then offered to represent anyone arrested during the lawlessness.
The lawmaker then erroneously claimed his life was in danger due to one constituent calling him with harsh words. He called the police and berated them in his home. He then threatened to call Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on them before kicking them out in an act of disrespect. Lujan Grisham won’t take the dramatic lawmaker’s calls or support his legislation. She previously ordained Candelaria and his husband in marriage.
After Candelaria kicked out the police officers who were trying to help, in an ultimate sign of disrespect, he then claimed to have PTSD from the encounter, despite him being the reason for all the drama.
Then, during the pandemic, while New Mexicans were losing their jobs and small businesses were going under due to Lujan Grisham’s edicts, of which Candelaria approved, Candelaria bragged on social media about purchasing luxury goods from a French fashion house, Hermés.
During the 2021 Legislative Session, Candelaria bashed Judiciary Chair Joseph Cervantes (D-Doña Ana) for not taking up Candelaria’s radical legislative priorities over the priorities of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.
Far-left group ProgressNow New Mexico even went after Candelaria for his tantrums:
During consideration of S.B. 71, the Patients’ Debt Collection Protection Act, Candelaria forced a debate on the bill, which led Democrat Majority Leader Peter Wirth (D-Santa Fe) to scold him on the floor of the Senate.
“Why don’t you just f**k off and put an amendment on like the rest of us?” said Wirth.
After the altercation, It was reported by the Santa Fe New Mexican that Candelaria started crying and claiming it was a “low day” for the New Mexico Senate:
“I’m sort of heartbroken,” claimed Candelaria, who sat slouched in his chair in tears after the confrontation. “This is a low day for the New Mexico Senate.”
Now, Candelaria will not have to worry any longer about the veracity of the state Senate, as he will be gone from the chamber come 2025 when a new member is elected following a redistricting process that will be finalized later this year.