Lujan Grisham’s Cynical, Hypocritical Sexual Harassment Stance
ALBUQUERQUE – Just a day after she discriminated against a Hispanic Conservative by refusing to allow a Republican colleague to join the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Michelle Lujan Grisham has once again demonstrated a total lack of leadership by opportunistically calling on Michael Padilla to end his campaign for Lieutenant Governor.
Michael Padilla resigned from his supervisor position with the City of Albuquerque in 2007 over claims that he created a hostile work environment and harassed employees. The City paid court-ordered damages related to Padilla in 2010. He was elected to the State Senate in 2012, won election to his party’s Senate leadership team in 2014, and has been a candidate for Lieutenant Governor since July. After supporting him for years, Lujan Grisham only decided today that Padilla’s behavior was unacceptable.
“Michelle Lujan Grisham’s calls for Michael Padilla to end his candidacy for Lieutenant Governor are as hollow as they are cynical,” said RPNM Chairman Ryan Cangiolosi. “Padilla has been a candidate for months and the claims against him have been known for over a decade. Lujan Grisham’s hasty call for Padilla to exit the race came a day after she came under fire for discriminating against her Hispanic colleague. She has supported Padilla for years and her hypocritical, cynical actions reek of political opportunism. New Mexicans deserve a governor who will stand up and lead instead of taking the easy way out.”