House Democrats Initiate Process to Impeach Secretary of State
House Democrats Initiate Process to Begin Consideration of Articles of Impeachment
New Mexico House of Representatives
Brian Egolf, House Democratic Leader
Sheryl Williams Stapleton, House Democratic Whip
Patricia Roybal Caballero, House Democratic Caucus Chair
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, August 31, 2015
SANTA FE – Today the Democratic Caucus of the New Mexico House of Representatives initiated the process to determine when and how to bring articles of impeachment against the Secretary of State Dianna Duran. House Democrats reached out to House Republicans as the first step in the impeachment process that can only begin in the House of Representatives.
“The Attorney General’s criminal complaint and supporting information against the Secretary of State are deeply disturbing and incredibly serious,” said House Democratic Leader, Representative Brian Egolf. “The House Democratic Caucus has initiated the process to begin possible consideration of articles of impeachment– which can only begin in the House of Representatives. Beginning today, we are reaching out to our Republican colleagues in the House to find a way forward that is strictly non-partisan, in keeping with the traditions of the House. While we hope that Secretary Duran will choose to leave office, we in the House must be prepared to proceed in the event she does not.”
“The Secretary of State is charged with protecting the rights of voters, upholding our campaign finance laws, and enforcing our state’s ethics laws. These are some of the most important functions of our government,” said House Democratic Caucus Chair, Representative Patricia Roybal Caballero. “New Mexicans must have trust in the chief administrator of these laws. For the sake of transparency and accountability in government we call on Secretary of State Dianna Duran and Governor Martinez to immediately appoint a qualified official to oversee these functions. Our government must be transparent and must have the trust of the public. New Mexicans deserve to have complete faith in the person that is responsible for protecting voting rights and enforcing ethics.”
House Democrats have asked that House Republicans join them in discussions regarding the potential consideration of articles of impeachment against Secretary of State Dianna Duran. Impeachment discussions will begin today with House Leadership.