SANTA FE (KRQE) – A female Democratic state representative is calling a male colleague sexist and demanding an apology, claiming he doctored a picture of her and passed it around to other lawmakers. That lawmaker is Albuquerque Representative Stephanie Maez and she says this all happened around her. She says she didn’t see the photo but other people did.
House Democrats say it happened at Monday night’s judiciary committee where Maez was presenting a bill. They say after a Republican voted in favor of it, that’s when Republican House Majority Leader Nate Gentry pulled a photo of Maez with the text ‘double do pass’ and ‘x-o-x-o’ written on it.
The Democrat is calling it a sexist move. She also says Gentry owes her and the women of New Mexico an apology. She sent out a letter Monday formally asking for one.
KRQE News reached out to House Republicans throughout the day to see the rumored photo and for a comment. Republican leaders and spokespeople said no and called the whole thing hearsay. After repeated requests for comment, they issued the statement below which does not answer any of the questions KRQE News 13 asked.
“I’m very disappointed that Rep. Kenny Martinez would try to divert attention away from his public comments that belittled victims and survivors of rape. Sexual assault and sexual abuse are serious issues that need to be addressed in our society, and it is my hope that Rep. Martinez will apologize for his inexcusable comments,” Rep. Kelly Fajardo.
There was some Republican speculation that this accusation was in response to House Republicans calling out Democrat state Representative Ken Martinez Monday for a comment he made about rape and drunken college kids.