ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Raj Shah, the campaign spokesman for Republican governor candidate Susana Martinez, was arrested on an aggravated DWI charge in Albuquerque early Sunday morning.
Shah, 25, was pulled over by State Police just after midnight in a silver BMW near the intersection of San Mateo and Osuna and arrested several minutes later, state Department of Public Safety spokesman Peter Olson said.
More details on the arrest were not available Sunday evening. As of Sunday evening, Shah was in the Metropolitan Detention Center on a $5,000 bond.
The Martinez campaign took quick action after it found out about the arrest Sunday afternoon.
“Raj Shah … was immediately terminated,” said Ryan Cangiolosi, Martinez’s campaign manager.
Shah had moved to New Mexico a little more than a week ago to work for Martinez’s campaign. He had formerly worked for the Connecticut U.S. Senate campaign for Republican Rob Simmons, who bowed out of the state’s August Republican primary after losing the state nominating convention vote. Shah has also worked for the Republican National Committee.