New Mexico senator to file lawsuit over ethics complaint

May 4, 2021

Credit Jacob Candelaria (D-Albuquerque)

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A senator in New Mexico has filed a tort claim notice against New Mexico Health Secretary Dr. Tracie Collins in response to an ethics complaint that was filed against the senator after he requested public records related to the state’s coronavirus pandemic response and federal spending. The Santa Fe New Mexican reported that Democratic state Sen. Jacob Candelaria filed the notice of intent to sue Monday to expose the alleged retaliation he faced after filing public records requests with the governor’s office last year. Nora Meyers Sackett, a spokeswoman for Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, says no retaliation occurred.