Question Remains: Does Gov. Martinez Condone Abuse
of Power in Her Administration?
With clear, written evidence now out in the open showing that Taxation and Revenue Department Secretary Demesia Padilla tried to use her position to get preferential treatment for a former client being audited, the only question left to answer is whether Gov. Susana Martinez approves of the Secretary’s actions.
“New Mexicans need to know,” said Democratic Party of New Mexico executive director Joe Kabourek. “Does Gov. Susana Martinez approve of her hand-picked Secretary of Taxation and Revenue using her position and influence to try to get preferential treatment for a former client? As the Martinez Administration’s house of cards continues to fall, it’s time for answers.”
In breaking news on Monday and Tuesday, news outlets across New Mexico reported on the release of a veritable smoking gun in State Auditor Tim Keller’s investigation of abuse of power by Padilla. The letter was released due to a public records request and showed definitively that Padilla directly intervened in an audit being conducted on her former client, Harold’s Trucking.
“This is not acceptable,” Kabourek said. “An appointed leader in the administration must be beyond reproach. Sec. Padilla has failed to live up to the responsibility of her position by engaging in an inherent conflict. Not only that, she used her position to pressure state employees time and time again. Now it’s time for New Mexicans to finally hear from Gov. Martinez. Does she condone this kind of activity under her watch?”
Despite months of ongoing investigations of various activities involving the Taxation and Revenue Department, Gov. Martinez has had little to say about the scandals or her hand-picked department secretary.