SANTA FE – A Santa Fe County Republican Party official has been removed from his post for organizing an anti-Donald Trump piñata event last week, an act the county chairwoman says violated the party’s primary election neutrality rule.
Ignacio Padilla said he plans to fight the vote removing him from his position as treasurer of the Santa Fe County GOP, adding that he organized the Trump piñata bashing as an individual act of free speech, not as a county party official.
“I have the right to challenge anything I see that offends me,” Padilla said in an interview Monday.
But county GOP Chairwoman Jo Ann Eastham said Padilla had previously been warned not to go forward with the event. She also said an internal rule requires elected party officers to remain neutral in primary elections, or contests between members of the same party.