DPNM has filed Inspection of Public Records Requests with the Governor’s Office and two key state agencies in an effort to determine the level of involvement Governor Martinez’s private political consultant has exerted over major state government decisions.
Part of this request has been for “all emails, documents, papers, letters, notes, and other materials, regardless of physical form or characteristics, that were used, created, received, maintained or held by or on behalf of Governor Susana Martinez, her staff,… Jay McCleskey and Nicole McCleseky regarding the creation of budget recommendations for fiscal year 2012.”
“Based on all of the recent media reports involving Jay McCleskey, there are real questions as to who is making major decisions regarding New Mexico state government. DPNM has an obligation to New Mexico voters to find out if a political consultant, Jay McCleskey, has been given the authority that is only given to an elected Governor,” commented DPNM Chairman Sam Bregman.
“The question becomes: who’s in charge, Governor Martinez or the ‘shadow governor’ Jay McCleskey?”