New Mexico Democrat Senator Daniel Ivey-Soto has been publicly accused by multiple female lobbyists of sexual harassment, prompting calls for his resignation.
In February, an open letter by political lobbyist Marianna Anaya was released, accusing Ivey-Soto of groping her and sexually harassing her on multiple occasions since 2015. The letter also claims the state senator punished Anaya for rejecting his advances by blocking legislation she was lobbying for.
This week, a new open letter was published, this time including the stories of nine women who saw Anaya’s letter and decided to add their accounts of sexual harassment by Senator Ivey-Soto.
The stories include accusations of groping, forced kissing, and inappropriate sexual comments. The women call for Ivey-Soto’s resignation from office.
Ivey-Soto responded to the letter via a phone statement this week, saying “the legislature has a process to address allegations of bullying and harassment, including sexual harassment. I am and I will participate in any such process.”