ALBUQUERQUE, NM, Feb. 12, 2021 – Eddy Aragon, candidate to represent New Mexico’s first congressional district, today criticized Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham for missing the funeral of New Mexico State Police officer Darian Jarrott, and for failing to order state government flags to be flown at half-mast through the officer’s funeral.

“Governor Lujan Grisham missed Officer Jarrott’s funeral because she was in Washington D.C., begging the Biden Administration to replace the revenues she lost for New Mexico by shuttering the oil and gas industry through her Energy Transition Act,” Aragon said. “By refusing to order our state government’s flags to be flown at half-mast through Officer Jarrott’s funeral, she has shown her disrespect to all New Mexico law enforcement officers.”

Officer Jarrott, age 28, a father of three with a fourth child on the way, was shot in line of duty on Feb. 4 during a traffic stop on Interstate 10 east of Deming. He was helping Homeland Security when he pulled over his killer, who was on his way to a drug deal.

“Although it’s not my district, the southern half of New Mexico is experiencing the worst state government overreach,” Aragon said. “The counties there are in debt, and New Mexicans are fleeing to Texas. Yet the governor cannot trouble herself to show up at the funeral of a state police officer whom she commands.”

Detective Shaun Willoughby, president of the Albuquerque Police Officers Association, said, “It’s obvious that our governor does not support our law enforcement officers. We need your help, not only today, but on election day.”

It’s been 30 years since a New Mexico State Police officer was killed in the line of duty. Only six State Police officers have been killed since 1937.

Aragon, owner and host of Albuquerque radio station KIVA (ABQ.FM / 1600 AM /, last year launched a “Recall MLG” campaign that to date has gathered 15,000 signatures.

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