State House candidate addresses his work in 1980s porn films | KOB 4
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State House candidate addresses his work in 1980s porn films

The Associated Press & Patrick Hayes
Updated: October 06, 2020 06:06 PM
Created: October 06, 2020 01:22 PM

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Democratic candidate vying for the House seat in District 40 acknowledged his participation in two pornographic films in the 1980s as a college student.

The revelation about Roger Montoya of Velarde emerged as the nationally heralded arts educator runs for office in a sprawling rural legislative district. Montoya said he was young and naive when he participated in the films and is not proud of it. 

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The state Republican Party on Monday called on Montoya to withdraw from the political race based on “unacceptable” risky and dangerous behavior.

Leading Democrats have rallied in support of Montoya, and called GOP members hypocrites for asking Montoya to drop out. They pointed to President Trump's multiple appearances in adult films and the alleged 'hush money' he paid out to adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

The State GOP said the two situations can't be compared.

"I did go see the article they linked in their press release and it's trash, frankly. It doesn't even hold a candle. The president never took his clothes off. He never engaged in the type of behavior that Mr. Montoya chose to engage in and, again, if that's what he chose to do that's his choice, but if he's going to run for office, you've got to expect those things are going to come out," said Anissa Tinnin, executive director of the Republican Party of New Mexico.

KOB 4 reached out to Montoya's opponent Justin Salazar Torrez, but he declined to comment and said he wants to stay focused on running a clean race.

To read Montoya's full statement, click here.


(Copyright 2020 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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