This story is a staff report from The Paper.

Governor Lujan Grisham came to Albuquerque Thursday night to greet supporters and officially kickoff her reelection campaign.

Our reporter Justin Schatz covered the event and you can read more here:

Michelle Lujan Grisham Officially Announces Her Intent To Seek Reelection

Protestors Preview Rowdy Election Cycle to Come

The governor’s announcement was the big news, but the sideshow of protestors whose abusive and harassing tactics made everyone take note. It was the first time in more than a year that protestors mad about COVID-19, mask mandates and public health orders had the chance to see the governor in person. But something was different his time than in years past.

Post-Jan. 6, anti-Democrat protestors have adopted many of the confrontational, bullying and downright scary tactics.

At one point, KOB-TV cut reporter Megan Abundis’s live shot to allow her and her photographer to deal with protestors shouting anti-media messages who tried to interrupt her shot.

She later shared this video of a protestors confronting her as she attempted to leave the event.

Daniel Chacon of the Santa Fe New Mexican captured photos of some of the anti-vax conspiracy theorists gathered outside.

And our own Justin Schatz captured images of the protest signs and protestors assembled there.