News that Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham made a purchase from an Albuquerque jewelry store at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic has left other jewelers and “nonessential” businesses asking why they couldn’t take phone orders and provide curbside pickup or home deliveries.
And it provided fodder for critics who believe her shutdown orders have been too severe and discriminatory against small businesses.
During her news conference Thursday, the governor dismissed the whole episode as an incorrect story, calling it nothing more than a political attack. It’s obvious she is not going to acknowledge those hypocrisy concerns. And that’s too bad.
Because purchasing the jewelry the way she did was clearly a lapse of judgment. But then she followed that up by refusing to acknowledge that, in hindsight, this was not the time, place or way to go about jewelry buying.