LUJAN GRISHAM’S EXTENSION FOR APPLICANTS WILL LEAVE PROSECUTOR VACANCY IN ONE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS COUNTIES IN AMERICA
|Albuquerque, December 14—The Republican Party of New Mexico is dismayed that Gov. Lujan Grisham has extended her search for a Bernalillo County District Attorney, a move that could mean no lead prosecutor will be in place for weeks if not months.
Lujan Grisham wants to seek more candidates which will mean a DA will not be named until at least January. The deadline for applicants was extended to December 23rd.
This is particularly disturbing–not only because there are at least ten qualified candidates who have submitted names to replace outgoing Raul Torrez—but skyrocketing crime continues in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County. Albuquerque has already shattered its one-year homicide record in 2022 with 115.
In an article written December 11th about the upcoming Gun Safety Bills the Governors’ spokeswoman was quoted as saying “The Governor is clear: New Mexicans ‘are beyond sick and tired of crime, and gun violence continues to be a nationwide scourge that warrants immediate and outcomes-focused attention.”
So why is the Governor waiting til the coming year to appoint a District Attorney to replace Raul Torrez? The Governor needs to appoint someone now who can work with outgoing Raul Torrez in transition so there is no delay with pending criminal cases. Leticia Munoz, 2nd Vice Chair of the RPNM commented, “This delay shows that crime is not a priority for Lujan Grisham. This appointment is critical. Her comment about New Mexicans sick and tired of the crime was only for the purpose of the gun bill package she is preparing for in the upcoming legislation. It clearly doesn’t relate to the appointment of the DA in Bernalillo County.”
Instead of focusing on the new DA appointment since Election Day, Lujan Grisham has been traveling around the world, trying to build up her personal network for a future job. If shes concerned about New Mexicans safety, she must get a qualified DA in Bernalillo County—now.
|The Republican Party of New Mexico (RPNM) advances the ideals of individual liberties for the advancement of its citizens and the greater prosperity of our communities throughout New Mexico. Led by an Executive Board and its Chairman, former NM Congressman Steve Pearce, RPNM serves all New Mexicans via its headquarters in Albuquerque and can be contacted at (505) 298-3662.