On June 30, the last day of what the liberals have co-opted as “Pride” month, scandal-ridden Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham made eyebrow-raising posts on her social media accounts, where she posed with and fawned over a self-described prostitute “Jello shot girl” drag queen called “Bunni Benton Cruse,” who formerly attempted to have the Bernalillo County Commission appoint him to a state House seat vacated by U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury (D-NM-01).
In one photo, Lujan Grisham poses with people wearing rainbow shirts and Planned Parenthood shirts at “Cake Fetish,” a gourmet cake bakery in Albuquerque.
“It’s the summer of #Pride! Today we stopped by @cakefetishABQ to pick up some rainbow-colored cupcakes so we could drop them off at some local LGBTQ+ businesses. Happy #Pride M’Power & Prisma Hair Studio,” the Governor wrote.
In a subsequent post, Lujan Grisham posed with Cruse, still fully masked, showing her hugging the prostitute and presenting him with a “Progress Pride” flag wrapped as a flag similar to that of a “Flag Presentation Protocol” at a Military member’s funeral.
The Governor wrote, “Today I presented an LGBTQ+ flag to my friend Bunnie Benton Cruse. We could not have tackled COVID-19 without Bunnie’s help at the Department of Health. Bunnie and TGRCNM have long been a lifeline for members of our LGBTQ+ community. Thank you, Bunnie, for all you do!”
As you can see in the above photograph, the face masks worn in the previous post appear to be just for show, as some of the participants of the photo had taken off their masks, and it does not appear that they were actively eating or drinking.
Cruse made headlines in 2019 when a public, taxpayer-funded library hosted a “Drag Queen Story Time” event where he and another drag queen read to young children.
According to Cruse’s Facebook page at the time, he worked as a “Jello Shot Girl” at the gay bar Effex Albuquerque, and as the “Head Stripper” at “Shake N Bake.”
According to the New Mexico Political Report, the news arm of far-left ProgressNow NM:
“Benton Cruse has a conviction for sex work, which she is open about. She said that when she was young, another trans person told her there were three paths available to her in life: bartending, hair dressing or sex work.
She said she has done all three.
“I’m not ashamed for anything I’ve done to survive as a trans woman. It was survival sex work,” she said.
“Along the way, our trans elders fought for us to be bartenders and hairstylists. Now a trans person can be a lawyer or a doctor, you can be in elected office,” she said.
Cruse, who openly has a “conviction” for prostitution, would not be the first controversial figure to have sought public office. State Rep. Roger Montoya (D-Colfax, Mora, Rio Arriba & San Miguel), who was endorsed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in 2020, was a porn actor before running for his state legislative seat.