Gov. Lujan Grisham once again brings national shame upon New Mexico

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”? 

9 thoughts on “Gov. Lujan Grisham once again brings national shame upon New Mexico”

  1. I watched the report on TV. MLG’s mealy-mouthed “communications director” made lame excuses, and vague references to meetings where food is served (oh yeah, those expensive steaks and seafood were absolutely required, uh-huh) and failed miserably to deflect the criticism which was rightly deserved. In-person meetings at the Gov mansion when the rest of us –the ones footing the bill for all that stuff– are told we cannot have family over for Thanksgiving or Christmas. And the taxpayer funds spent on stuff for cleaning up after MLG’s apparently feral puppies? Mister Mealy-mouth said they were soiling the public areas of the building. So if they’re untrained, why are they allowed in the public areas of the building???? Because they’re not just ANY feral puppies, they’re MLG’s feral puppies, so naturally they, like their owner, can do whatever they want, whenever and wherever they want, and the taxpayer can pay to clean up after them.

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