(PresidentialWire.com)- The Democrat Governor of New Mexico, Michelle Lujan Grisham, is in hot water after it was revealed that her office used taxpayer funds to pay for…whiskey.
According to official records, Governor Grisham’s office spent a whopping $13,500 in just six months last year on groceries, dry cleaning services, and even alcohol. The shocking figure was revealed by the Santa Fe New Mexican, and has Grisham and her colleagues scrambling to explain her office’s spending habits.
Shockingly, the report also revealed how Grisham broke her own COVID guidance, holding intimate meetings even when the people of her state were told not to mix with other households.
“At the same time Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham was urging New Mexicans to not mix households, she was holding in-person meetings with Cabinet secretaries and small groups of legislators at the governor’s mansion in Santa Fe,” the local news outlet revealed.
In September, more than $200 was spent on five bottles of tequila, two bottles of Merlot, two bottles of vodka, and bottles of gin and whiskey.
Roughly half of the $13,500 in spending was used to pay for food for the governor’s Cabinet members during staff meetings, according to Tripp Stelnicki, a spokesman for Grisham’s office.
It prompted outrage from New Mexico Republicans who questioned why the governor was spending taxpayer funds on frivolous items that she could afford herself.
“I didn’t realize the governor was so underpaid that she has to use discretionary money for things that she should be paying for herself,” New Mexico House Minority Whip Rod Montoya said to the New Mexican.
“Legislators are all up here doing our job, and we’re doing it on per diem,” he added.
Republican New Mexico House Minority Leader Him Townsend also told the paper that it’s “not what tax dollars ought to be spent for.”
“In a time when people are hurting all over the state, using their tax dollars to buy Wagyu beef has got to be a little bit disenchanting to many people,” he added.
“Wagyu’ is a Japanese breed of cattle known for producing steaks with incredible fat marbling and taste. It is one of the most expensive varieties of beef in the world.
Governor Grisham attempted to defuse the situation on Friday during a virtual press conference, saying that she didn’t want New Mexicans “to feel like I don’t take seriously their hardship.”
The governor then said that she didn’t make the purchases, and that they were instead made by a woman who works at her office.
She explained away the $200 alcohol purchase, stating that it was for a holiday party that didn’t happen, and the alcohol has since remained unopened.
I guess that’s alright then…