Probe into shootings against New Mexico politicians broadens to potential illegal campaign contributions

Republican Solomon Pena is accused of conspiring with and paying four men to carry out shootings at the Albuquerque-area homes of two Bernalillo County commissioners and two state legislators, Albuquerque police said. No one was hurt in the shootings, which all involved elected Democratic officials.

Pena, who has been called an “election denier,” was arrested Monday. He is accused of paying four men cash and texting them the addresses he wanted targeted, Albuquerque police said.

Pena lost his House race in November, and anger over that may have motivated the attacks, police said. Pena has claimed that his defeat was the result of election fraud, but the allegations are unfounded.

 

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