State Rep. Monica Youngblood faces uncertain political future
June 06, 2018 07:32 PM
SANTA FE, N.M. - State Representative Monica Youngblood is due in court next week for another hearing in her aggravated DWI case.
The embattled Republican is also up for re-election in November.
Youngblood has a bond arraignment scheduled for Wednesday, June 13, at 8:30 a.m. That's when a judge will ask Youngblood to enter a plea, read the penalties for her charge, and could modify her conditions of release.
Youngblood ran unopposed in Tuesday's primary election. She will face Democrat Karen Bash in November.
But will her constituents will forget her DWI arrest last month? UNM political science professor Lonna Atkeson says Youngblood's criminal charge could hurt her campaign.
"She's really got to come clean with her constituents and talk about the issue and somehow get past it so they can talk about something else,” said Atkeson “If she can't get past this issue and talk about another issue, she's in trouble. And it could jeopardize her seat."
Youngblood was arrested in May after she performed poorly in field sobriety tests and refused a breathalyzer test.
Attorney General Hector Balderas said he's reviewing Youngblood's arrest after the state Democratic Party accused the lawmaker of using her elected position to try and get out of being arrested.
Last week, she was a no-show at a meeting with constituents who wanted to address the accusations against her. Besides a statement, she's made no effort to answer any of KOB's questions.
Atkeson says the Republican Party may need to get involved.
"Certainly they don't want to lose her seat. That's absolutely true. So they may have to put resources into that, resources that unexpectedly they weren't planning on putting in that particular race," she said.
We reached out to Youngblood's attorney for a comment on next week's court hearing. Paul Kennedy says he suspects they'll probably waive her court appearance.
Created: June 06, 2018 07:32 PM
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