Dianna Duran’s top lieutenants resign suddenly leaving many surprised

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In surprising news out of Santa Fe today, Bobbi Shearer and Rod Adair have resigned from their positions at the Secretary of State’s office, “effective immediately.”

From the NM Political Report:

After four years, Bureau of Elections Director Bobbi Shearer will leave her position. Shearer will stay with the office on a short-term basis to work on “legislative initiations and other election related issues” according to an email from Secretary of State Dianna Duran.

Chief of Staff Ken Ortiz confirmed to New Mexico Political Report that Rod Adair, most recently a spokesman for the Secretary of State, is also no longer at the office.

Duran made the announcement about Shearer, obtained by New Mexico Political Report, in an email to county clerks throughout the state.

Shearer’s departure may be surprising because she just oversaw the statewide election that saw her boss, Secretary of State Diana Duran re-elected to another four-year-term.

Adair’s departure comes just weeks after returning to Duran’s office from leave managing her campaign.

“Lightning Rod” Adair drew the ire of many politicos because of his hyper-partisan agenda favoring Republicans as a state senator and demographer. While working for the non-partisan secretary of state’s office, Adair was caught by ProgressNow NM appearing undercover at a Democratic and labor rally attempting to record activists and Democrats.

Read more about Rod Adair here.

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