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State auditor-elect feuds with departing incumbent

Ryan Laughlin
December 27, 2018 01:32 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.  - New Mexico's state auditor-elect is threatening to investigate the departing Republican state auditor once the transfer of power takes place at the beginning of the year.

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Auditor-elect Brian Colon announced that he will launch an investigation and internal review of conduct by departing State Auditor Wayne Johnson.

"Look, where's there is smoke, there's fire. And there's not a worldwide conspiracy against Wayne Johnson. What this is people trying to hold their elected officials accountable," Colon said. 

Colon is accusing Johnson of using his power unjustly for political gain and urged Johnson to resign from his position immediately. 

The office of New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is investigating several complaints against Johnson related to his role as auditor. Johnson, in turn, has sought to probe records at the attorney general's office concerning the agency's contracting process.

"The attorney general, in my estimation, is trying to say don't look at this over here, look at this over here," Johnson told KOB."The incoming auditor-elect has a massive conflict of interest because it involves one of his best friends, Hector Balderas." 

Watch Ryan Laughlin's full report in the video above. 

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