N.M. House Leader Resigns
Albuquerque’s Sheryl Williams Stapleton, facing allegations of racketeering, money laundering and a kickback scheme, resigned her position as House Majority Leader in the New Mexico Legislature, but not before vehemently denying any wrongdoing.
Agents from the Attorney General ‘s office raided her home and business earlier this week following the allegations. The warrant states Stapleton, an Albuquerque Public Schools administrator, funneled money meant for a vendor into her personal bank account. Stapleton’s attorney said she is also under federal investigation in the case.
KRQE-TV reports the N.M. Republican Party said this was a “sad day in New Mexico politics,” but added Stapleton violated the public trust. The House Democrats said the resignation was appropriate, given the weight of the allegations. Meanwhile, the House Democratic Caucus met on Saturday to discuss the resignation and the Bernalillo County Commission will be responsible for appointing a new member to carry out the remainder of her current term. Here’s more from KRQE.