Lawmaker says she’s been threatened for vote

SANTA FE (KRQE) – A state lawmaker who broke with her party on a key vote last week says she’s been threatened ever since.

Democrat Sandra Jeff was the lone Democrat who joined Republicans in voting against a proposed a $6.2 billion budget bill over concerns about education funding.

As a result, the vote was tied, sending both sides back to the negotiating table.

Jeff says over the weekend, outside groups have been running robocalls against her saying she doesn’t support kids.

“My constituents know that I’m standing up on behalf of them and I am a true Democrat. I just want to work in a bipartisan manner, what’s so bad about that?” Said Rep. Sandra Jeff, D-Crownpoint.

“People take tough votes and there may be grousing sometimes and of course if that happens, that kind of goes along with the job sometimes,” said Rep. Ken Martinez.

House Speaker Martinez says he’s still working with Republicans to break the budget gridlock.

There’s a week and a half left in the session.

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