NEW MEXICANS CALL ON MICHAEL PADILLA TO STEP DOWN FROM RACE, RESIGN FROM SENATE
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Senator Michael Padilla, Democratic Party of NM Chair Richard Ellenberg and NM Federation of Democratic Women President Pam Cordova:
As New Mexicans, we condemn sexual harassment, assault, and violence. We stand with victims of sexual harassment and assault, and we call on our state leaders to do the same. As New Mexicans from various ethnic, geographic and socio-economic experiences, we reject any candidate who has prior instances of sexual harassment, assault, or violence. This type of behavior will not be tolerated.
In light of the sexual misconduct allegations, we call for Senator Michael Padilla’s withdrawal from the Lieutenant Governor race, step down as Majority Whip of the Senate and ask for his resignation from his position in the Senate. Further, we insist he publicly apologize to the victims. Senator Michael Padilla’s actions were unacceptable, and we ask that the state Democratic Party of New Mexico hold him and their party accountable and that Senator Padilla hold himself accountable.
We need leaders who will fight to change the culture of systemic sexual harassment, assault, and violence. We stand with victims, and as constituents we demand Democratic Party leadership that promotes candidates who do the same.
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