At this point, everyone knows that assumed Democratic nominee Joe Biden is looking for a woman as his choice for VP. And as that election is drawing ever closer, he is known to have a shortlist of those who might who check all the right boxes.
New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham is one such woman.
Now, you would think this would make her a bit cautious or at least careful to do what is right and not encourage any unneeded heat. However, either she isn’t too worried about her competition, or she doesn’t really want the job because she was just caught defying her own lockdown orders.
In a time when the rest of her state is on high alert, forced to stay at home, and not allowed to work, the Democratic governor risked the health and safety to two people so that she could splurge on some jewelry.
Yep, that’s right; it’s all about the bling for Grisham apparently.
On April 3rd, Grisham declared a stay at home order for her state during a press conference. All non-essential businesses were to be closed, which most definitely included jewelry stores. Even curbside pickups or delivery was not allowed in the state.
Grisham told her constituents, “We are in really tough financial times as a state. It mirrors the incredible, personal sacrifices that happen every single day because people have limited their ability to work, telecommuting and many people, in fact, have lost their jobs.” She stated, “I get it, staying home is hard,” but “I need you to do better,” for the sake of all of their public health and safety.
But only days later, yes, days – and a full week before Easter – she made a call to a friend who worked at a local jewelry store in Albuquerque.
According to the manager at Lilly Barrack Jewelry & Gifts, the governor called a salesperson at the store with whom she claims to have “a longstanding personal relationship” with, and made an order. Grisham paid for the piece(s) over the phone but required that the employee go to the store to get it.
And the employee complied. She went to the store, got the piece, and then brought it back to her own home, where she placed it on her front porch so someone else who knew the governor could come and pick it up for Grisham.
Now, I don’t know how many people feel comfortable with leaving expensive jewelry on their front stoop for someone to come pick up, especially when that jewelry is supposed to go to the person with the most authority in your state, but…
When the story was first picked up by the press, the governor tried to deny it, essentially blaming a staffer for the whole thing. However, when it became apparent that the story wasn’t going away, her office finally admitted to it, saying that a friend of Grisham’s had gotten it for her.
Her office claims that the entire transaction, as unusual as it was, was “entirely contact-less, remote and permissible,” according to KRQE. “The spokesman also pointed to the governor’s order at the time stating ‘none of the state’s public health orders have restricted the conduct of business operations in which an employee only interacts with clients or customers remotely.’”
But as KRQE pointed out, “that same order also states it requires the closure of physical retails spaces and doesn’t mention anything about home delivery.”
The spokesman went on to say that the order was not curbside, and neither was it “home delivery.” He said that businesses were encouraged to find “creative ways” to do business while still keeping safety in mind. However, I find it hard to believe that if anyone else had tried to pull this stunt, there would be some rather severe ramifications.
Other jewelry businesses in the area are understandably upset about the situation. One manager said that “no one was allowed in the store and they wouldn’t even risk it because of a fear of fines.” It was perceived that online sales were their only “option,” but not even that is keeping business going.
And here the governor is handing out favors to her friends and their businesses.
Once again, we are faced with the reality that Democrats believe they are above even their own laws. New Mexicans can’t even get haircuts or go to church, but you can bet your last dollar that Governor Grisham can have her extra bling.