A former New Mexico Republican nominee who police say pleaded guilty to electoral fraud after his defeat has been arrested on suspicion of orchestrating gunfire attacks on Democratic officials in Albuquerque.
Solomon Pena appeared in court Wednesday on charges of orchestrating attacks to injure or kill officials in the city of Albuquerque.
As a result of the attacks carried out by the 39-year-old and his employees, no one was injured. Pena ordered the attacks after losing the November election race for the House of Representatives.
Earlier, police say, he visited the homes of district commissioners and state legislators to challenge his 47 percent defeat.
Republicans withdraw their support for Pena
The man already has a criminal past – he was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2008 for carrying out a series of burglaries in companies located in Albuquerque.
Asked about Pena’s case, the Republican National Hispanic Assembly said that the man gained the organization’s support because its members believed that the former navy doctor USA and a graduate of political science broke with criminal activity.
“We bet on the wrong horse,” the group said in a statement. Violence has no place in our politics.
Post-election attacks on Democrats
Bernalillo County Commissioner Adriann Barboa, whose home was targeted, said Pena was influenced by the rhetoric of the country’s top politicians. “Pena denies the election results. Dangerous thoughts led him to threaten me and others, she said.
The series of shootings involving Pena came after other politically motivated attacks, including in San Francisco, where a man barged into the home of the Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and attacked her husband.
Pena, a staunch supporter of the former US president Donald Trumpwas allowed to stand for election to the House of Representatives after a judge ruled that since he was eligible to vote, he could also hold office.
According to New State law Mexico offenders can regain their voting rights after serving their sentence.
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