Head-turning flyers highlight sexual harassment claims against state rep

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Carl Trujillo Flyers

Political flyers are turning heads in Santa Fe as the primary election inches closer. The bold advertisements target State Rep. Carl Trujillo (D-Santa Fe), highlighting the accusations of sexual harassment against him.

Bright yellow text that says, “Hands off, Rep. Trujillo,” is positioned alongside the image of a man placing his hand on a woman’s knee on one of at least two flyers voters in House District 46 have received.

Earlier this month, Laura Bonar, a lobbyist with Animal Protection Voters, accused Trujillo of sexual harassment. In an open letter, she said the six-year state representative stalled on legislation in 2014 to provide funding for a spay-neuter program after she rejected his advances. 

Bonar also claims Trujillo touched her inappropriately. She’s calling on him to resign.

After her open letter, a fellow Democrat in the House, Deborah Armstrong, told the Santa Fe New Mexican that two other women have disclosed to her being sexually harassed by Trujillo. 

More democrats in the House, including Miguel Garcia, Debra Sarinaña and Christine Trujillo, have called on Trujillo to resign as well.

Trujillo has called the accusations politically-motivated lies and is staying the race.

Now, an Albuquerque-based PAC called Enchantment is sending voters the flyers in hopes that they’ll chose challenger Andrea Romero over the controversial incumbent.

Speaking to people in Santa Fe about he flyers, many weren’t aware of the accusations. Several people called the flyers “bold,” and indicated they would possibly affect their vote. Others said they want to know more about the issue before heading to the polls.

Secretary of State records show Enchantment PAC donated $1,000 to Romero’s campaign in April.

KRQE News 13 reached out to Rep. Trujillo Thursday for comment on the flyers, but did not hear back.

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