County Commission candidate Quezada raises blackmail concerns

Steven Michael Quezada
FILe - In this Jan. 18, 2014 file photo, Steven Michael Quezada an actor on the series "Breaking Bad," arrives at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles. Quezada is jumping in a race for a heated county commissioner seat in Albuquerque. Quezada, who played DEA agent Steven Gomez in the hit AMC-TV series "Breaking Bad", said Monday, July 20, he will announce this week that he will run for the Bernalillo County Commission. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A candidate for the Bernalillo County Commission says someone is threatening him,telling him they will expose his past if he doesn’t quit the race.

But there’s a big problem with the threat. Most of the information is already out there for anyone who has a computer to find, and Quezada doesn’t deny his past.

Quezada, best known for his role as a DEA agent in “Breaking Bad,” won a seat on the APS School Board after the Emmy-award winning series ended. Now he’s running for county commission.

He says an e-mail he received amounted to dirty politics. “I don’t know what else it could be. It’s more blackmail,” the Albuquerque native said.

The e-mail he received was entitled “Steven M. Quezada History of Criminal Activity.”

It began with a run-on sentence. “Steven you are better suited in your APS seat hopefully you stay there.” The e-mail goes on to say, “I have four other mug shots of your DWI’s and domestic abuse for the viewing public if you would like.”

The writer then attaches online court records easily accessible on NMcourts.gov.

Two of Quezada’s DWI cases were dismissed in 2002. He pled guilty to one DWI from 1998.

“I’m out there, I’m an open book, I’ve made mistakes, but I’m not that guy anymore,” Quezada said in a KRQE News 13 interview. “I have to face up to the mistakes that I’ve made in my life,” he said in a Facebook video post.

“That was a direct threat. It was a direct blackmail to me,” said Quezada .

He has three opponents. It’s unclear which campaign, if any, could be behind the e-mail. The writer did not respond to KRQE News 13.

Quezada said his campaign is centered on improving behavioral health issues, creating jobs and addressing the state’s poverty.

 

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