ALBUQUERQUE — A raucous group of protesters yelling and screaming into megaphones outside the Albuquerque Museum’s outdoor amphitheater disrupted Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s formal announcement Thursday that she’s running for a second term in 2022, forcing the governor to cut her speech short and the event to end early.

Lujan Grisham, who took the stage to chants of “MLG!” from her supporters as she pumped her fist in the air, immediately made light of the situation.

“I know it’s going to be loud, and I just have to say I’m sorry that we picked the same location that the QAnon lizard people meeting was at,” she said, laughing.

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A woman who identified herself as Natalie with Liberty Ladies Unite holds up a petition to recall Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham for malfeasance. Protesters gathered outside the Albuquerque Museum before the governor’s event to announce her plans to run for a second term.

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Protesters wave signs while shouting and chanting into megaphones Thursday during the presentations at Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s campaign event at the Albuquerque Museum. Taking the stage, the governor immediately made light of the situation. ‘I know it’s going to be loud, and I just have to say I’m sorry that we picked the same location that the QAnon lizard people meeting was at,’ she said, laughing.



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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham looks out over an audience cheering and waving signs at an event Thursday at the Albuquerque Museum to formally announce her reelection bid.

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