On Monday, the second 2021 Special Session commenced in Santa Fe, with the public being required to wear masks, have jabs, and leave their guns at home in an increasingly hostile environment begun by Democrats at the Legislature.
The special session, meant for redistricting congressional, legislative, and Public Education Commission districts, began with a bang. Following weeks of hostility from Democrat leaders, such as Senate Pro-Tem Mimi Stewart (D-Bernalillo), far-left state Sen. Jacob Candelaria (D-Bernalillo) finally had it with the Democrats’ bullying. He announced he was leaving the Democrat Party over its partisanship and toxicity.
Candelaria said, “I don’t think anyone can look at … the unconstitutional acts of this governor and not conclude that this partisan virus is starting to affect who we are as a country,” referring to Michelle Lujan Grisham
He mentioned how the Democrats’ special session was merely a way to ram through as much partisanship as possible by gerrymandering maps to benefit Democrats.
“I don’t think that the decisions we make should be based on partisan ambitions, and it broke my heart to see already that the Senate maps deliberately dilute and gerrymander the west side of Albuquerque to preserve perceived partisan advantage for some members of the Democratic Party,” he said, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican. “You would strip representation from people that I represent, many of whom are Hispanic, simply because it benefits you at the ballot box.”
Candelaria said he’s “done playing this game” and has submitted forms to change his party registration to “Decline to State.”
Will Reinert of the Republican Governors Association said, “Senator Candelaria saw the same thing New Mexicans are beginning to recognize — that Michelle Lujan Grisham always thinks she is above the law,” He added, “Senator Candelaria’s wise decision is just the beginning of what is going to be a long campaign season for Governor Lujan Grisham as voters begin to examine her failed record.”
The toxic Governor, who many believe is a lame-duck one with her reelection around the corner, has done nothing to benefit her image, including dining on $200 per pound Wagyu beef steaks on the taxpayers’ dime, allegedly grabbing multiple men’s crotches which led to a $150,000 settlement to one accuser, paying her own daughter over $8,000 in campaign funds for hair and makeup, locking down the state which caused over 40% of small businesses to close their doors and her radical far-left policies that have plunged New Mexico into further decline.
Now, with Lujan Grisham forcing members of her own party to jump ship, she might not think she’s as comfortable in her reelection chances amid the turmoil.