Senate Democrat Boss Michael Sanchez Adjourns Senate Session to Attend Campaign Rally, Ignores Anti-Crime Bills
Albuquerque, NM – Senate Democrat Boss Michael Sanchez has adjourned the special session of the New Mexico Senate Sine Die without addressing the trio of anti-crime measures on the agenda for the special session so he could attend a campaign rally Saturday afternoon.
The special session was called to address the budget shortfall and pass several anti-crime bills, including reinstating the death penalty for cop killers and child murderers, strengthening the Three Strikes law, and adding further protections against child abuse by extending Baby Brianna’s law. Sanchez deemed none of these measures more important than the campaign rally he had scheduled for Saturday afternoon.
“Michael Sanchez has prioritized his own campaign over anti-crime legislation that constituents need,” said Republican Party of New Mexico Spokesman Tucker Keene. “Sanchez knows that he is on the wrong side of public opinion in his district when it comes to the death penalty and child abuse, and demonstrated his lack of interest in those issues by deciding to skip town rather than let those measures come to a vote.”
Sanchez claimed in an interview that the Senate’s only responsibility was the budget, but he adjourned the Senate before the House had agreed to any of the budget bills the Senate had passed.
“Sanchez has adjourned the Senate without doing his job as a legislator,” said Keene. “Before the legislature could even agree on the budget, which he claims is his top priority, Sanchez left the Roundhouse for a campaign rally. The voters of SD-29 and New Mexico deserve leadership that doesn’t dodge responsibility.”