State rep under fire for cursing at constituents at State Capitol

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A New Mexico legislator is under fire for some choice words at the State Capitol. After a bill she was sponsoring died, Republican Rep. Candy Spence Ezzell told the audience to stop clapping and cussed at them.

Some people aren’t taking it lightly, calling her behavior disturbing and disappointing.

“Don’t clap, don’t clap, don’t clap a*******,” she can be heard saying on video of the hearing.

Ezzell said this to opponents of a bill she sponsored when it died in the House earlier this month.

“I can’t imagine this is the way that we’re conducting ourselves in Santa Fe. I just don’t want to believe that,” said Matthew Midgett.

Now, some constituents like Midgett want something to be done, saying concerned citizens do not deserve to be treated that way by an elected official.

“It was an admonition not to express themselves and that’s not America,” said Midgett.

He opposed House Bill 223, that called for $15 million in funding to make Highway 380 through Lincoln County easier for semi trucks to pass through.

The people against it didn’t want more semis going through the historic district in Lincoln County.

“I considered the matter over. It was unfortunate, I think that the mic was still on,” said Johnny Boswell.

Boswell was there the day the bill died and spoke up against the bill. He doesn’t seem to be bothered by the comments, saying most people didn’t hear her.

“I think all of us have times where we say things either in our mind or under our breath that were not intended for public consumption,” said Boswell.

Midgett wrote the committee chairperson a week ago asking if any actions are being taken against Rep. Ezzell, but says he hasn’t heard back yet.

“Though this is a small incident, it’s an important one I think because this is a slippery slope. If we allow this to go unchallenged, what’s next?” said Midgett.

KRQE News 13 reached out to Rep. Ezzell, but she couldn’t be reached for comment Monday.

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