Lujan Grisham visit to DC, NY paid for by campaign - Albuquerque Journal

Lujan Grisham visit to DC, NY paid for by campaign

Dan McKaySANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is traveling to New York and Washington, D.C., this week for a mix of personal, professional and political events.

She plans to return Friday.

During the trip, Lujan Grisham, a Democrat up for reelection this year, is meeting with federal officials in Washington to advocate for “additional wildfire relief for New Mexicans” amid a devastating fire season, a spokeswoman for her office said.

The largest wildfire in state history – the Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak Fire near Las Vegas – was started by U.S. Forest Service burns that grew out of control. The agency paused prescribed burns, which are designed to clear out brush and reduce fire risk, for three months after the New Mexico fire.

Lujan Grisham spokeswoman Nora Meyers Sackett said the governor met Tuesday with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and asked him to “expedite the deployment of teams to bolster capacity for forest restoration work and to process applications for federal assistance.”

At President Biden’s invitation, Lujan Grisham also attended a celebration of the major climate and health care legislation passed by Congress last month, Sackett said.

Some personal and political activities are also on the agenda.

Lujan Grisham, who has been wearing a knee brace in recent public appearances, will visit a Washington orthopedic surgeon from whom she received previous treatment, Sackett said.

Later in the trip, the “governor will be attending some political meetings with advocates, supporters,

In this file photo, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signs an executive order as Senate Majority Whip Linda Lopez, D-Albuquerque, looks on. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Journal)

and donors during her visit to DC and New York, campaign spokeswoman Delaney Corcoran said.

The campaign covered the governor’s travel costs.

CAMPAIGN FUNDS: Democratic attorney general candidate Raúl Torrez maintained a healthy fundraising advantage over his Republican opponent, Jeremy Gay, in the last two months, according to finance reports filed this week.

Torrez, now the district attorney based in Bernalillo County, reported about $308,000 in cash contributions during the reporting period – more than twice as much as the $129,000 collected by Gay.

Gay, a Gallup attorney who served as a judge advocate in the Marine Corps, announced this week that he launched his first television ad of the campaign, a piece that highlights his prosecution of felony offenders during his military service.

Meanwhile, a lawsuit challenging whether Gay has lived in New Mexico long enough to meet a five-year residency requirement to serve as attorney general is set for a hearing Friday in the state’s 1st Judicial District Court.

Dan McKay: dmckay@abqjournal.com

 

Home » ABQnews Seeker » Lujan Grisham visit to DC, NY paid for by campaign


Albuquerque Journal and its reporters are committed to telling the stories of our community.

• Do you have a question you want someone to try to answer for you? Do you have a bright spot you want to share?
   We want to hear from you. Please email yourstory@abqjournal.com

taboola desktop

1
Bernalillo County certifies midterm election results
2022 election
All counties have now sent totals ... All counties have now sent totals for Nov. 29 canvass
2
NM voters had their say. Now the education amendment ...
2022 election
Measure to boost annual withdrawals backed ... Measure to boost annual withdrawals backed by 70% of voters statewide
3
New Mexico begins certification process for midterm elections
2022 election
Process has become a focal point ... Process has become a focal point for those voicing distrust in voting systems
4
NM ethics agency sues advocacy group
2022 election
Lawsuit accuses group of violating state ... Lawsuit accuses group of violating state campaign law
5
NM GOP officials face intraparty strife after latest election ...
2022 election
Some Republicans have called on state ... Some Republicans have called on state chairman Steve Pearce to resign
6
Martínez nominated to serve as House speaker
2022 election
Democrats also name majority floor leader, ... Democrats also name majority floor leader, whip and caucus chair
7
Redrawn CD2 riles Republicans after defeat
2022 election
Rep. Herrell said Dems engineered her ... Rep. Herrell said Dems engineered her ouster
8
BernCo official's conduct challenged
2022 election
Citizen's complaint alleges inappropriate campaign contribution Citizen's complaint alleges inappropriate campaign contribution
9
State House Democrats prepare for leadership changes, including speaker
2022 election
Meanwhile, NM Supreme Court set to ... Meanwhile, NM Supreme Court set to hear arguments in case centering on the voter-approved overhaul of the PRC