Just a day after it was discovered that Governor Susana Martinez’s top advisor was being investigated by the FBI, more details are coming to light that reveal an administration in crisis mode and focused more on retribution than on governance. The scandals plaguing Gov. Martinez and her top operatives and associates are reaching a fever pitch as Tax and Revenue Secretary Demesia Padilla was the latest member of this administration to come under Federal scrutiny.
“I think I speak for a lot of New Mexicans when I say I’m worried about this crisis of leadership we have in New Mexico at the highest levels,” said Deb Haaland, Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “We continue to see our state fall to new lows as our leaders like Gov. Martinez, Secretary Padilla, former Secretary Duran, and their advisors are more concerned with lining their own pocketbooks and those of their associates, while retaliating against any perceived political opposition. New Mexicans need leaders that won’t focus on wealthy donors and special interests, but will instead put our families first and promote an economy that will work for everyone and better paying jobs for middle class workers.”
The effect of this crisis is not only felt on the statewide scale, but also in local communities as crime and fear grip New Mexico across the state. As Martinez allies focus on covering their tracks and helping their politically connected friends, New Mexico as a whole has suffered as a result.
“This is a case of Martinez Republicans putting their own self-interests above those of the public, which is the complete antithesis of good government and public service,” said Haaland. “We have seen this be the case with APS, APD, the City of Albuquerque, and the State of New Mexico. If Governor Martinez, Mayor Berry, Secretary Padilla, Jay McCleskey, and the rest of the Republican Party refuse to address these issues head on, then the Democrats will in 2016, and the Republican Party will pay the price at the polls.”