Ten days before Democratic Party Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fl., accused Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s policies of hurting women and “grabbing us by the hair and pulling us back,” she went to bat for a New Mexico House candidate and lawyer who has defended abusive husbands, according to court documents.
Wasserman Schultz was in Albuquerque Aug. 24 to promote Democrats, including 2nd Congressional District candidate Roxanne Lara, an attorney whose practice includes family and divorce law. Her campaign biography said the Carlsbad attorney focuses on defending abused children.
In four cases from 2001 to 2012 reviewed by Secrets, she defended a man who allegedly sexually abused his estranged wife, another who allegedly beat his wife and forced her on drugs she was allergic to, another who smashed up his estranged wife’s home, according to a police report, and a fourth accused of stalking his ex-girlfriend.
The cases had a similar abusive theme summed up in a quote from one of those allegedly targeted by Lara’s client: “He wouldn’t give me a divorce, he doesn’t plan to re-marry, he just make my life a living hell,” she said in the court papers.
Lara is running against Rep. Steve Pearce.
Pili Tobar, DNC Western press secretary, said that Lara is known for defending the abused.
“Rocky is a tireless advocate for women, children and their families, and is a strong proponent of ensuring women have access to the services they need in times of domestic abuse,” he said. He also said Pearce “supports policies that would take New Mexico women backwards.”