The gloves came off when the face shield was in place.
The highest-ranking Republican in the New Mexico House of Representatives slapped Democratic Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham on social media Monday after appearing in a nationwide TV interview wearing a mask while talking about a bill to $ 1 trillion infrastructure that President Joe Biden signed into law later today.
“Maybe she’s trying to disguise herself. People know her as incompetent, ”tweeted parliamentary minority leader Jim Townsend, a Republican from Artesia.
Lujan Grisham traveled to Washington, DC on Sunday to attend Monday’s bill signing ceremony at the invitation of the President.
Face masks have been a recurring source of criticism of the governor by senior GOP members, who argue that mask warrants do not work to slow the spread of COVID-19 and that Lujan Grisham is simply exercising control over them. New Mexicans.
But the governor and his administration have stood firm in what they say is a proven line of defense against the coronavirus, which continues to plague the state. Although New Mexico lifted its mask mandate for indoor public spaces in July, the state reinstated it when COVID-19 cases started to rise again. Just last week, the governor extended the term of indoor masks under a new public health order.
On Monday evening, the New Mexico Republican Party issued a press release calling its public health orders “illogical” as cases of COVID-19 continue to rise.
“His latest panic is to follow other states and push for booster shots and expand his own mandate as an irrational house mask that has done nothing in this health crisis,” the statement said. Press.
Delaney Corcoran, spokesperson for the New Mexico Democratic Party, said Republicans had no valid reason to criticize the governor.
“Republicans find no criticism of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s success in securing countless high paying jobs and billions of dollars for New Mexico through bipartisan infrastructure investment and jobs law She wrote in an email. “Instead, they pitifully lash out behind their computer screens. The New Mexico GOP has no plan to lead this state and it shows. “
Townsend, who has criticized the governor in the past, did not return a message seeking comment.
His Twitter coup came in response to a tweet from a spokesperson for the Republican Governors Association, who targeted Lujan Grisham in his re-election bid.
Spokesman Will Reinert posted a screenshot of the governor wearing a 3M face mask during an interview on MSNBC Morning Joe on the bill on infrastructure.
“Wear a mask if you want, but [Lujan Grisham] wear one to a live [Morning Joe] reaches a new level of ridiculousness, ”Reinert tweeted.
The response to Reinert’s tweet ranged from Townsend’s sweep to governor’s support.
“Great way to lead by example,” wrote a Twitter user with the handle @KoshkaRoo. “Every politician and public health worker should wear a mask during public appearances if that is their state’s policy. I don’t want to be a hypocrite, do I? “
Like New Mexico, the nation’s Capitol has an indoor mask mandate. Nora Meyers Sackett, the governor’s press secretary, wrote in an email that Lujan Grisham wore a mask during the TV interview because she was inside.
“New Mexico continues to have an indoor mask requirement in place,” Sackett wrote. “The governor takes her role seriously and prioritizes modeling safe behavior for COVID which she asks her fellow New Mexicans to use to stem the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety of New Mexicans. “
Kendall Witmer, governor’s campaign spokesperson, wrote in an email Lujan Grisham “stressed his respect for healthcare workers and families in New Mexico by wearing a mask while in Washington to attend “at the signing of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.