Weekly Update: Debra Haaland

Dear Democrats,

In case you missed it, this past weekend was full of political news. The day after an article revealed that Governor Martinez’s top advisor, Jay McCleskey, was being investigated in connection to campaign funds and the Governor’s inauguration, it was also revealed that the Tax and Revenue Department, led by Martinez appointee Demesia Padilla, was also being investigated as an arm of retribution from the Governor’s machine. It seems, as 2015 draws to a close, the furor surrounding Governor Martinez and her cronies is reaching a fever pitch.

In a statement released yesterday, I laid out my thoughts:

“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 and her advisors, Secretary Padilla, and former Secretary Duran 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.”

“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.” 

And while all this goes on within her own administration, Governor Martinez and Mayor Berry have their media cohorts working overtime to tag drivers licenses as the pressing issue of the 2016 Legislative Session, and are completely ignoring the corruption in their own regime that is hurting New Mexican families at home and hurting New Mexico’s reputation nationally.

That’s why it’s so important that Democrats get organized and in position to win in 2016. With a year to go until election day, we’re holding Debate Watch parties across the state for Saturday’s Democratic Presidential debate. In Albuquerque, we’ll be hosting a party at the AFSCME Union Hall at 1202 Pennsylvania NE. There will also be parties in Curry, Lea, Lincoln, Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Roosevelt, San Juan, San Miguel, Santa Fe, Taos, and Valencia counties. Let us know if you’d like to attend one of those events or host one in your community!

In your service,


Debra Haaland
DPNM State Chairwoman