The failed GOP candidate accused of plotting shootings at Democratic officials’ homes called himself “the MAGA King” and said he was “researching his options” after he lost his state election by nearly 50 points.
Republican Solomon Pena ran for New Mexico’s House District 14 in 2022, but lost to incumbent Democrat Miguel P. Garcia — with Garcia claiming 74% of the votes and Pena only 26%.
But Pena refused to concede, tweeting “I dissent. I am the MAGA King” the day after the November 8 election.
When Donald Trump announced his 2024 campaign a few days later, Pena voiced his support for the former president on Twitter while wearing a “Make America Great Again” hoodie and writing “I never conceded my HD 14 race. Now researching my options.”
In past tweets, Pena railed against “corrupt and implicitly bias[ed]” local media and supported Trump’s claim that the 2020 election was rigged.
Police believe Pena is responsible for four shootings at the homes of elected New Mexico Democrats in the months after the election, in December 2022 and January 2023. [Continue reading…]
He also posted a photo of himself that appears to be from Washington, D.C., that he said was “one of the last pictures I have of the Jan 06 trip.”
In a reply to someone calling him a criminal on Dec. 28 on social media Pena said, “Everyone in the NM government who helped overthrow Trump are the active treasonists who must be placed in Guantanamo Bay Cuba for natural life. Once they are gone I can work on rebuilding Albuquerque.”
On Nov. 17, in response to a Tweet by the New Mexico Secretary of State warning against attempts to manipulate the election certification process, Pena replied “I will attempt to stop the certification in Bernalillo County, until a hand recount has been done. It was rigged!” [Continue reading…]