One of the five commissioners responsible for overseeing New Mexico’s horse racing industry has been ousted over comments she made regarding changes in the way horses are tested for certain medications.
The governor’s office confirmed Friday that Freda McSwane was removed from the Racing Commission earlier this week after she refused a request to resign. McSwane did not return messages seeking comment.
Documents obtained by The Associated Press indicate state attorneys were concerned that comments McSwane made in May during a public meeting implied bias that could potentially prompt more legal complications in the ongoing fight over testing.
An attorney and active owner and breeder of racehorses, McSwane was appointed to the commission in April along with four other new commissioners chosen by first-year Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.