As if the flurry of bad news (here’s one example, here’s another) for PRC member Jerome Block Jr. coming toward the end of last week wasn’t interesting enough, Monday brought with it even more bizarre angles.
First more colleagues of the 34-year-old elected official are now on board with public pleas for his resignation. Also, Monday morning Santa Fe Police announced they consider Block Jr. “a suspect” in a stolen vehicle case.
Then investigators reveal they find in a car Block is the suspect in stealing what police believe to be a suicide note.
With no luck in tracking down Block Jr. at work since last Thursday and multiple reporters’ (that includes The New Mexican and several television stations) failed attempts to talk with him, I decided to call his old man and see what he had to say about the mounting allegations against his son.
This from The New Mexican article:
“Why don’t you have your dad call me? I don’t know why you’re calling me. All I know is what I’ve read about, so I don’t know why you’d call me.” — Jerome Block Sr. when asked if he or anyone in his family wanted to comment on mounting allegations of criminal conduct against his son
All the while, Block has only picked one media outlet he feels comfortable talking to since last Thursday and that is the Journal North. In a double-bylined article of Phil Parker and Vic Vela, Block said he never wrote a suicide note but rather kept a journal of bad days.
From the Journal:
Block said he has been keeping journals in which he has described what he calls “bad days” during his tenure in the PRC. He said he might have left a journal in the vehicle but doesn’t remember doing so.
“It’s really been a bad 2 1/2 years, to be honest with you,” Block said. “I’m not doing good personally and haven’t been for 2 1/2 years.”
Block said he’s seen a therapist to help with “depression issues” since facing allegations about misuse of public campaign funding during the 2008 campaign.
“It bothers me,” he said. “It keeps me up at night.”
He also told Parker and the Journal that he and the owner of the Santa Fe car dealership he has now been accused of stealing a 2006 Honda Accord from were in constant contact over the past month and the only reason he didn’t return the car was because he had left the keys in California.
That would mean before losing he keys at a conference in California, Block Jr. left the Honda Accord he was test driving for several weeks parked in front of a parking meter near the intersection of Water and Galisteo streets in downtown Santa Fe. It is unclear how long the car was parked there or if it received a parking ticket, but police located it there Thursday evening and the owner of Capital City Auto Sales on Cerrillos Road came and got the vehicle.
So far there are no criminal charges and the Attorney Generals Office is handling all of the multiple investigations into Block.
For all the nitty gritty, here are three recent articles as published in The New Mexican: