Yet another Democrat governor has been caught red-handed abusing their privileges as a leader and violating their own strict coronavirus guidelines.
New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) was busted last week for flagrantly spending taxpayer dollars on dry-cleaning, alcohol, and expensive groceries for in-person staff meetings while she urged her constituents to avoid gathering at all, even with their families.
According to Fox News:
Records show Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham spent nearly $13,500 over a six-month period in 2020 on items such as groceries, dry cleaning and alcohol, the Sante Fe New Mexican reported.
The booze spending included a purchase in September of more than $200 for five bottles of tequila, two bottles of vodka, two bottles of Merlot and single bottles of whiskey and gin, the report said.
Grisham reportedly spent about half of the misappropriated cash on food for the illicit in-person meetings over the last six months, Grisham spokesman Tripp Stelnicki confirmed.
This inappropriate spending presumably happened during the same time that New Mexicans were forced to wait for hours to access grocery stores due to an abrupt lockdown order issued by Grisham that forced the closure of all non-essential businesses in the state and capped the capacity of essential businesses at 75 persons, no matter the size of the store — with virtually no warning to her constituents.
Former GOP Senate candidate Elisa Martinez said at the time — around the Thanksgiving holiday — that residents “were experiencing 2-4 hour lines outside in the cold — some areas of the state it’s snowing, raining,” due to the arbitrary limits, and that she had heard from elderly residents that they had to wait hours to get their “essential medicine.”
GOP lawmakers exploded in outrage after hearing of Marinez’s spending at a time when New Mexico residents are reeling from the financial blowback of her overly restrictive orders.
“I didn’t realize the governor was so underpaid that she has to use discretionary money for things that she should be paying for herself,” said NM House Minority Whip Rod Montoya (R). “Legislators are all up here doing our job, and we’re doing it on per diem.”
“It’s not what tax dollars ought to be spent for,” New Mexico House Minority Leader Jim Townsend (R) added. “In a time when people are hurting all over the state, using their tax dollars to buy Wagyu beef has got to be a little bit disenchanting to many people.”