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Padilla removed as Senate majority whip after surfacing of harassment allegations

David Lynch
December 16, 2017 06:43 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – New Mexico Senate Democrats say they voted Saturday to remove Sen. Michael Padilla as Senate majority whip, following allegations of sexual harassment that ended his brief campaign for lieutenant governor.

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Caucus officials say a replacement will be elected sometime in early 2018 when they convene once again.

Padilla said even though he has been removed from the position, he plans to continue working for his constituents.

"I appreciate the opportunity to have served as the Senate majority whip," he said in a statement. "Tomorrow is another day, and I will work just as hard as I always do. I look forward to continued partnerships with my colleagues to get New Mexico moving in the right direction again."

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