According to posts on Facebook from Democrat Bernalillo County City Clerk Linda Stover, Democrat Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller was spotted with her and others at a maskless indoor wedding reception for Kristal Martinez-Ibarra and Shaun Peña, a graphic designer.
The photos posted on Stover’s wall show Stover embracing Keller and posing with Albuquerque City Council President Cynthia Borrego — all maskless. Shaun Peña is the son of Klarissa Peña, who is also a city councilor. Also in attendance were Steven Michael Quezada, a Democrat Bernalillo County Commissioner, and state Sen. Linda Lopez (D-Bernalillo).
When challenged on Facebook over the maskless event, Stover claimed, “[W]e were all vaccinated – [D]on’t jump so quickly to try and make a nice moment look bad.”
The commenter responded, writing, “[U]nfortunately regardless of vaccination status state and local mandates say masks are to be worn indoors in public places. Just sick of seeing politicians make rules fo[r] everyone but themselves.”
The Facebook commenter’s concerns are accurate, as Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s health mandate requires masks to be worn at all times indoors except when actively eating or drinking. Keller’s own mandate requires the same, writing:
“[A]ll individuals age 2 years and older shall wear a mask or multilayer cloth face covering in all indoor public settings except when eating or drinking.”
The maskless wedding reception is in direct violation of these rules that all New Mexicans are forced to live by, except evidently Democrat politicians, who have bucked the mandates.
Previously, the Piñon Post exclusively uncovered photos showing Deb Haaland previously held a maskless indoor wedding at the Hyatt Tamaya resort last month. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham refused to comment on Haaland’s wedding. It is unclear if Lujan Grisham attended or had surrogates attend the wedding reception where Keller and other top New Mexico officials met.
Keller is running for reelection against Bernalillo County Sheriff Manny Gonzales and radio show host Eddy Aragon.