New Mexico lawmaker joins Confederate flag fight

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A New Mexico lawmaker is joining the fight against the Confederate flag. He’s taken to social media to voice his take on the controversial symbol and the way the South Carolina Governor is handling it.

Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez is a Democrat but he had no qualms, Monday, about siding with South Carolina’s Republican governor.

Sanchez’s Tweet reads “Great news out of South Carolina! Now lets see how the South Carolina Legislature reacts to the news. Thank you Gov. Haley.”

The social media stand comes on the heels of the governor’s push to take down the Confederate flag that flies on the statehouse grounds. In a New York Times article, Governor Haley the first minority and the first woman governor of South Carolina, cites personal, not political reasons for her newly found stance.

Over the course of her term, she’s showed little concern over the flag or the long-time debate over what some say is a symbol of racism. Yet, all that changed after the shooting at Emmanuel A.M.E church that left nine people dead, including State Senator Clementa Pinckney.

Not long after the rampage, photos surfaced of suspect Dylann Roof posing with the Confederate flag.

Sanchez and Haley are not the only ones taking a stand against the flag. Nascar is also backing the flag’s removal and Walmart recently announced they would take their confederate flag merchandise off the shelves. According to CNN, Amazon, Sears and Ebay have also decided to stop selling confederate flag merchandise. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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