Democrat Gov Caught Spending Taxpayer Money on Luxury Personal Items
New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham spent thousands on luxurious groceries
New Mexico's Democrat Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has been caught dipping into taxpayer funds to splash out on luxury personal items, according to reports.
Gov. Grisham reportedly used tax dollars to pay for high-priced luxurious groceries, liquor, and even her own dry cleaning, according to financial disclosures revealed by the Sante Fe New Mexican.
During the last six months of 2020, Grisham racked up a staggering $13,500 tab on the taxpayers' dime.
The anti-Trump governor's bill allegedly included $6,500 in luxury groceries such as Wagyu beef and tuna steaks, as well as bottles of tequila, vodka, gin, wine, and beer.
Grisham or one of her surrogates allegedly used tax dollars to pay for her dry cleaning and spent $200 on alcohol during one visit to Sam’s Club.
People close to Grisham were also reportedly receiving raises between $7,500 and $12,000 at the time, all courtesy of her hard-working constituents.
“It really appears in the Governor’s Office as if she really believes herself to be more privileged than everybody else in New Mexico,” said the state’s Republican House Minority Whip Rod Montoya.
“I didn’t realize the governor was so underpaid that she has to use discretionary money for things that she should be paying for herself.
"Legislators are all up here doing our job, and we’re doing it on per diem.”
“It’s not what tax dollars ought to be spent for,” House Minority Leader Jim Townsend blasted.
“In the time when people are hurting all over the state, using their tax dollars to buy Wagyu beef has got to be a little bit disenchanting to many people.
"I think it’s just more of [an] indication of the problem that we have had and the governor has had connecting with people.”
In the same report, the newspaper disclosed that Grisham was hosting in-person staff meetings at the governor’s mansion at the same time that she was urging the public against mixing households in order to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Tripp Stelnicki, Grisham’s spokesperson, said the $200 booze purchase was for a planned holiday party that he claimed was ultimately canceled.
Stelnicki told the Sante Fe New Mexican: “There’s a difference between inviting someone into your house for the Super Bowl or someone’s birthday and having three or four Cabinet secretaries there to talk about their budgets amid an unprecedented economic downturn and to work out what we’re going to propose or recommend to the Legislature given the changing economic forecast.”
“I mean, the governor does live there, but it’s not like she’s inviting them into her living room,” he said.
The spending came despite a state law enacted in 2019 that set new limits on the use of the governor’s discretionary funds.
That law was signed by Grisham’s predecessor, former Gov. Susana Martinez, a Republican, the New Mexican reported.
Grisham has also faced accusations of hypocrisy before.
She reportedly defied her own COVID-19 lockdown order against non-essential businesses last May when she ordered a jewelry store to open for her own convenience, according to local outlet KRQE News 13.
After advising New Mexicans in early April to venture out only for essentials such as food, Grisham called Lilly Barrack on Paseo to order expensive jewelry.
“The jewelry was bought over the phone, but the employee went to the store, got the jewelry and placed it outside the door of the store where someone who knew the governor picked it up,” KRQE reported.
"This is according to the person who runs Lilly Barrack stores.
"She says she didn’t know about it until after it happened.
"She also said no one was allowed in the stores at that time due to the public health order.”