It has happened again. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has once again put another black stain on New Mexico with the recent revelations of her irresponsible spending of taxpayer dollars used for $200-per-pound wagyu beef steaks, ahi tuna, and expensive wines and liquors, all totaling up around $13,500. This all happened while New Mexicans were forced to stand in long breadlines at grocery stores due to Gov. Lujan Grisham’s restrictive public health orders.
Now national news outlets are picking up the story, such as Fox News, where the governor’s shameful spending is their #3 story as of 6:38 a.m. on Sunday.
The outlet writes:
Grisham said she did not personally make the purchases. Instead, they were made by a “woman who works here [who] is a rock star,” the New Mexican reported.
On Thursday, Stelnicki [her communications director] explained the $200 booze purchase. He said it was for a planned holiday party that was ultimately canceled. He claimed the purchased bottles of alcohol remained unopened.
The spending came despite a state law enacted in 2019 that set new limits on use of the governor’s discretionary funds. That law was signed by Grisham’s predecessor, former Gov. Susana Martinez, a Republican who also took criticism for how her office spent cash, the New Mexican reported.
The Governor’s spending got criticism inside New Mexico with Democrats and Republicans alike, including Patricia Lundstrom (D-McKinley and San Juan), Republican Whip Rod Montoya (R-San Juan), and Republican Leader Jim Townsend (R-Chaves, Eddy, and Otero).
Here are some other responses from across the state about the Governor’s big spending while New Mexicans starved and stood in breadlines:
Previously, the Governor brought New Mexico national attention for her trip to buy expensive jewelry from a shuttered jewelry store, violating her own COVID-19 mandates. She also brought New Mexico national attention for making New Mexicans stand out in the cold over the holidays to buy basic goods, such as food and toilet paper. The breadline story originally appeared in the Piñon Post.
What are your thoughts on Gov. Lujan Grisham’s spending of the so-called “discretionary fund”?