We’re sure you’ve seen this news by now. Late Friday, Attorney General Hector Balderas filed a 64-count criminal information charging the state’s top election officer with breaking election laws, and a whole lot more.
To catch you up, here are the five things you need to know as this story develops:
- Sec of State charged with 64 counts involving using campaign cash for personal use
- Read the 44 page, 64 count criminal filing
- Duran’s defense attorney focuses on fighting AG’s investigation, but doesn’t publicly dispute the underlying allegations
- Governor Martinez says “no one is above the law,” signaling her intent to put distance between herself and Duran
This news is no cause for celebration. It’s another black eye on New Mexico and the Sec. of State’s office that has seen its last three office holders – both Democrat and Republican – charged with crimes. We’ll need new leadership to return integrity to the office.
This week, House Minority Leader Brian Egolf announced that the Democratic caucus invited Republican leaders to join them in initiating impeachment proceedings against Duran.
As legislators begin this process, some are asking New Mexicans to weigh in. Do you support impeachment of Dianna Duran by the House of Representatives?
Speak up with these quick messages targeted to your State Rep.
After you weigh in, ask your friends to weigh in, too. Share it online on Facebook (here) or forward to friends in the know.
PS – This story isn’t just about Dianna Duran’s misdeeds. New Mexico has a lot of issues we don’t do enough to address, including poverty, DWI and other addiction issues – including gambling for some people. Let’s use this time to start a conversation with friends. And if you know someone with a gambling problem, check out these resources to help.