ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico Democratic gubernatorial candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham said Friday that Democratic Sen. Michael Padilla should end his bid for lieutenant governor over claims he harassed women as a city of Albuquerque supervisor.
Padilla has long denied the claims dating back to 2006 that he links to issues of a hostile workplace environment, not sexual harassment. But Lujan Grisham said in a statement to The Associated Press that Padilla should end his campaign as the decade-old allegations began to resurface on social media and amid harassment cases involving other political leaders and celebrities.
“My position on sexual harassment is clear: it is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated by me or in my administration. Michael Padilla’s actions were wrong,” Lujan Grisham said in a statement to The Associated Press. “There is no room for excuses and he should withdraw his candidacy for lieutenant governor.”