New Mexico Democrat caught in n-word scandal: Gabe Vasquez' past includes a racist comment to his colleague, marijuana citations and illegal driving

In July 2004, Vasquez called his former employer and asked for 'Chris the n***er' In a second call he asked to speak to 'Chris, the black man,' laughed and hung up READ MORE: GOP Senate candidate's domestic violence incidents, misspent campaign funds  

New Mexico Rep. Gabe Vasquez's wild youth has come to light after newly unearthed police reports show he used a racial slur to harass former colleagues after he was let go from a company.

In July 2004, Vasquez, who was a college student at the time, placed a call to  a human resources employee at a call center in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Vasquez, asked the center to speak with 'Chris,' and when the employee asked which Chris he was referring to, Vasquez replied 'Chris, the n***er.'

The employee hung up, but Vasquez called again. The second time, he asked to speak to 'Chris, the black man,' laughed and hung up.

The employee traced the number back to Vasquez, who had been 'terminated for cause for falsifying data.'

New Mexico Rep. Gabe Vasquez's wild youth is coming to light after newly unearthed police reports show he used a racial slur to harass former colleagues after he was let go from a company

New Mexico Rep. Gabe Vasquez's wild youth is coming to light after newly unearthed police reports show he used a racial slur to harass former colleagues after he was let go from a company

The employee called back and left a message for Vasquez notifying him that she intended to report him to the police.

Vasquez's name is redacted from the reports obtained by DailyMail.com, but a custodian confirmed to the Free Beacon, which first reported the news,  that Vasquez was the caller.

Vasquez's campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

That wasn't Vasquez's only run-in with the police during his time at New Mexico State University, which he attended from 2002-2008.

He was given a criminal citation by police twice in 2005 for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.

In one instance, officers arrived at Vasquez's residence due to a loud music complaint and found him witnessed him cutting up marijuana and rolling it into a blunt. In another, officers on bike patrol found Vasquez and his underage friends intoxicated and reeking of marijuana in a car. Vasquez handed marijuana over to the officers.

All of the police records say the cases were 'suspended' and there is no indication further action was taken against Vasquez.

Vasquez with his family members outside his grandparents' house in 2022

Vasquez with his family members outside his grandparents' house in 2022

Vasquez, pictured with his mother, was arrested two months ago for a driving charge from 22 years ago

Vasquez, pictured with his mother, was arrested two months ago for a driving charge from 22 years ago

Just two months ago Vasquez was arrested for failing to appear in court when he was 18 after he'd been charged in El Paso, Texas with driving without a license and driving without insurance.

Police issued a warrant for his arrest in April 2008 after he failed to appear in court in 2002. Texas police executed that warrant on March 19 and Vasquez posted a $900 cash bond and pleaded no contest, according to the Free Beacon.

Twice police were involved in domestic incidents when Vasquez and his ex-girlfriend were fighting. In 2004 Vasquez called the police because he said the ex, who he had broken up with a day earlier, refused to leave his apartment as they were arguing and he 'didn't want to do anything stupid and end up going to jail.'

The girlfriend is unnamed in the report.

In a 2007 'possible domestic' incident, an officer arrived at a residence where Vasquez and ahandful of other people were and Vasquez said he and his girlfriend had gotten into a verbal argument because he asked her 'not to drink so much because she just turned 21 and she gets kind of wild when she drinks.'

Vasquez said the girlfriend 'had a few too many' and 'began getting a little wild and dancing around in front of his friends'  and he asked her to stop. They then got into an argument and the girlfriend had a friend pick her up. It's not clear if that was the same girlfriend in the 2004 incident.

Vasquez was born in El Paso, Texas and raised in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. He was elected to Congress in 2022 when he beat out incumbent Republican Yvette Herrell.

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