Democrat State Sen. Jacob Candelaria announces ending ‘incredibly demanding’ chapter
A controversial, far-left state legislator in New Mexico, who had previously been told to “f*** off” by a member of his own party, announced that he would not run for re-election, according to a report.
State Senator Jacob Candelaria, who represents Albuquerque, announced Friday that he will not run for re-election in 2024 as he plans to start a family with his husband, Corey Tillery. Santa Fe New Mexican informed of. A licensed attorney who has served in the state Senate since 2013, Candelaria is known for challenging members of her own party, including Democratic Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham.
“It’s been a beautiful chapter – it’s been incredibly rewarding – but it’s also incredibly demanding,” Candelaria said of his decision to retire from the state government. “At this point, I’m happy to say that my husband and my future children need my full attention. They need to come first, and I can honestly do whatever it takes to work together.” Now I can’t give in, and it’s time for someone else to step in and do the same.”
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“We need more people challenging the status quo in this state as we must demand more of our state government and its institutions,” he said. “We must demand more from people in elected office, and I think that as a private citizen, they can all hope to be even more clear about my views.”
Candelaria sparked controversy in March for forcing a debate on Senate Bill 71, which would create the Patients Debt Collection Protection Act. Proponents of the proposed law said it would protect low-income patients by banning collections on medical loans for those whose incomes are 200 percent or less than the federal poverty line – but Candelaria argued that there was enough protection for the poor. was not.
“Why don’t you just f*** off and put in an amendment like the rest of us?” Democrat Majority Leader Peter Wirth reportedly yelled at Candelaria for taking a procedural step that would call each member of the House to debate the legislation before it turns to the vote.
“I’m kind of heartbroken,” said Candelaria. Santa Fe New Mexican At the time, reportedly in tears after the heated exchange. “It’s one less day for the New Mexico Senate.”
In June 2020, Candelaria reportedly livestreamed herself without a mask attending the Black Lives Matter demonstrations that swept Albuquerque following the death of George Floyd. He offered free legal services to anyone who was detained or arrested during the riots, cob informed of.
Months later in October, 2020, Candelaria lambasted hundreds of protesters, many of whom were seen waving flags supporting President Donald Trump, to gather near the Statehouse. The protest was aimed at condemning the pandemic-era restrictions issued by the governor and demanding a reopening of the economy. At the time, New Mexico health officials banned gatherings of more than five people in public and mandatory masks, along with a variety of restrictions on businesses.
After criticizing the protest during a televised demonstration, Candelaria claimed he received a series of telephone messages with profanity and homophobic slurs. A male caller accused the state senator of not knowing what it means to be an American and said “we’re going to kick you out one way or another.”
Candelaria claimed she waited 13 hours to answer her call about alleged death threats by the New Mexico State Police.
The state Republican Party later released video from an investigative officer’s lapel camera showing the state legislator as “elitist” and “insulting and humiliating the police”. Albuquerque Journal informed of. It shows Candelaria asking officers inside her apartment to escort her and her husband to their car so they can escape the city. Candelaria becomes frustrated and eventually orders all the officers out.
“You don’t have a warrant, you don’t have a right to be here. Get out,” said Candelaria, closing the door.
Candelaria said he apologized privately for his dealings with the authorities, but condemned the release of the video, saying “politicizing the terror that happened to my family is at the lowest level.” cob informed of.