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AG: Youngblood violated 'Conduct Act' during DWI arrest

BRITTANY COSTELLO
September 26, 2018 08:43 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Office of the Attorney General believes State House Representative Monica Youngblood violated the Government Conduct Act when she was being arrested for DWI in May.

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An email correspondence from the Office of the Attorney General to Monica Youngblood says that on that night of the arrest, the lapel video shows a “clear intent to use your position as a lawmaker to improperly influence officers.”

The email also lists rules governing state legislators that the Office of the Attorney General believes Youngblood violated:

  1. Members shall conduct themselves in a manner that justifies the confidence placed in them by the people and maintain the integrity of, and discharge ethically the high responsibilities of, public service.
  2. Members shall not grant to, or obtain a special privilege or exemption for, themselves or others if the privilege or exemption is not readily available to members of the general community or class to which the beneficiary belongs.
  3. The House of Representative Oath
  4. The New Mexico Legislature Code of Ethics. of, and discharge ethically the high responsibilities of, public service.
  5. Members shall not grant to, or obtain a special privilege or exemption for, themselves or others if the privilege or exemption is not readily available to members of the general community or class to which the beneficiary belongs.
  6. The House of Representative Oath
  7. The New Mexico Legislature Code of Ethics.

On Tuesday, Youngblood was found guilty of aggravated DWI. 

Attorney General Hector Balderas said the matter has been forwarded to the proper legislative authorities.

Despite the guilty verdict and possible ethics violation, Youngblood is still running for reelection in November.

The New Mexico Republican Party has been silent about the guilty verdict and the Democratic Party hasn't attempted to capitalize on Youngblood's misfortune. 

UNM political science expert, Lonna Atkeson, said there's probably a good reason for that.

"I think both parties have had candidates who have had a DUI in the past and so it may not be something that they feel they can do without, sort of, looking like they have some mud on their face," Atkeson said.

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