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Seek Help Not Elected Office

According to recent reports, Jeff Armijo, the Democratic candidate for state auditor, has now twice made unwanted sexual advances towards young female campaign volunteers:

In October 2003, an 18-year-old woman told Albuquerque police she was working with Armijo at his home office when he grabbed her around the waist with his right arm and tried to “pull her face to him” with his left hand to kiss her, according to a police report.

At the time of this first unwanted advance, Jeff Armijo was 33 years old – a full 15 years older than the young campaign worker. Now, three years later, Armijo is accused of repeating the same actions. Again, the young female campaign worker is 15 years his junior. What is truly troubling is that this time his behavior has allegedly become more brazen:

In the Aug. 3 incident, a 21-year-old woman told police she was doing volunteer work for Armijo’s campaign at his house on the evening of Aug. 3. The woman said they were working at his computer when Armijo grabbed her face and kissed her repeatedly, despite her saying they “shouldn’t be doing this,” according to the police report.

The woman told police Armijo moved her off her chair, removed some of her clothing, held her down on the floor and touched her inappropriately, despite her telling him to stop, according to the report.

The woman said Armijo let her go after she twisted her body away and again told him to stop, according to the report. She then left, drove herself home and called police.

At worst, Mr. Armijo is becoming a progressively more aggressive sexual predator. At best, he is a man with very poor judgment. Either way, he needs to seek help, not elected office.