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New Mexico auditor-elect clashes with departing Republican

December 26, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Democrat elected as New Mexico state auditor is threatening to investigate the departing Republican state auditor once the transfer of power takes place Jan. 1.

Auditor-elect Brian Colon announced Wednesday in a news release that he will launch an investigation and internal review of conduct by departing State Auditor Wayne Johnson.

Colon is accusing Johnson of using his authority improperly for political gain and urged Johnson to relinquish his duties immediately. A representative for Johnson said a response was being prepared.

The office of New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is investigating several complaints against Johnson related to his role as auditor. Johnson in turn has sought to probe records at the attorney general’s office concerning the agency’s contracting process.

Colon won election in November against Johnson.

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