A state senator in New Mexico has left the Democrat Party, upset over actions by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.
State Sen. Jacob Candelaria made the announcement Monday, as a special legislative session started.
He said he feels the U.S. political system is flawed because it has brought about just two parties that demand loyalty and leave “no room to debate, no room for discussion, and more importantly no adherence to the rule of law.”
He later took a shot at Grisham, a Democrat, telling colleagues, “I don’t think anyone can look at the events of Jan. 6 or many of the unconstitutional acts of this governor and not conclude that this partisan virus is starting to affect who we are as a country.”
Unlike many lawmakers that leave their party, Candelaria is not switching his affiliation to the other major party. He is now the second independent in the New Mexico legislature; state Rep. Phelps Anderson left the Republican Party earlier this year over his pro-choice views.