Moderate GOP state Rep. Alonzo Baldonado (R-Valencia) announced his abrupt resignation, according to reports from the Valencia County News-Bulletin and KRQE 13.
Baldonado reportedly said it’s “time to turn the page,” making today, Friday, Dec. 31, his last day as a legislator.
“The politics can be very stressful, but after the session, you go have dinner with people,” he said. “That’s something I don’t think people know exists. They think, ‘Oh he’s a Republican and she’s a Democrat.’ We can get along. It’s not rocket science. It’s about personalities and relationships,” he told the News-Bulletin.
After the abrupt announcement, far-left House Speaker Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) said, “I have had the pleasure of serving with Representative Baldonado since 2011. Over the years, I have come to appreciate Alonzo as an able public servant who has always put the people first and as a good friend. I wish him and his family all the very best for the future.”
Socialist Democrat House Majority Leader who took over for alleged money launderer Sheryl Williams Stapleton Javier Martinez (D-Bernalillo) said to KRQE 13, “I deeply respect Representative Baldonado’s commitment to public service and I admire how he has fought tirelessly for his constituents. I wish him well in his future endeavors, where I know he will continue to serve his community.”
Baldonado is known for complaining about his job and claiming he does not get paid despite receiving a pension and daily per-diem for his time in Santa Fe. As we previously reported in an editorial:
“Moderate” Rep. Alonzo Baldonado (R-Valencia), while defending Rep. Kelly Fajardo’s (R-Valencia) vote in favor of Democrat Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s “mini” Green New Deal, wrote, “For all of you out there that think making votes and not getting paid to do it is easy….I say you go do it.” In 2022, many conservative Republicans will do it, and hopefully, strong patriots who do not cower will run against Reps. Fajardo and Baldonado to bring true representation to the Legislature—actual servants of the people who will not complain about the job they knew full-well they were getting into.
Now Baldonado will no longer have to complain about “not getting paid,” as his time in the Legislature is done.