On Friday, it was reported that two top officials in the administration of scandal-ridden alleged serial groper Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham are resigning from the disgraced regime.
State Engineer John D’Antonio, the state’s chief water official, submitted his resignation, which will take effect next month. According to the Albuquerque Journal, D’Antonio cited “a lack of financial support to protect the state’s water resources.”
“But he cited a persistent lack of financial resources for the Office of the State Engineer and unfunded mandates as factors in his resignation. He expects several senior staff members who are eligible for retirement to announce departures, too,” according to the Journal.
According to D’Antonio, the Department is down over 67 employees from the Bill Richardson administration when he previously served as the state engineer.
He said the agency had been asking for “additional staff and funding to protect the state’s water resources” for nearly three years.
D’Antonio, as the state engineer, serves on the Interstate Stream Commission, which will now create the second vacancy on the panel.
Then, Democrat failed candidate for Congress in the Third District and deputy superintendent of the state Regulation and Licensing Department John Blair announced he would be resigning from the scandal-ridden administration, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican. Blair’s job is a high-profile gig that includes standing up the regulatory and licensing framework for the state’s new recreational marijuana industry.
“Blair’s unexpected departure, which he announced in an email Wednesday, has sparked speculation he was forced out,” according to the report.
He claimed, “I wasn’t asked to leave the department. I think the governor was interested in having me do some other stuff within state government and … I had this other great opportunity outside of state government, and so I thought it would be a good time to move on.”
The Regulation and Licensing Department has already hired Blair’s successor. Failed Democrat congressional candidate in the First District and ex-staffer for the Governor, Victor Reyes, has been tapped as the new deputy superintendent.The news of these latest departures from the disgraced Lujan Grisham regime comes after multiple scandals across departments, including at the Department of Workforce Solutions, where hundreds of millions of federal dollars have vanished, the Children, Youth, and Families Department where records have been mass deleted, and whistleblowers have been fired in retribution.