Governor Mum on TRD Revelations, Ethics Reform Proposals
Exactly one week after evidence surfaced showing that New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department Secretary Demesia Padilla abused her power by trying to influence the outcome of an audit of a former client, Gov. Susana Martinez has yet to respond to that, other scandals brewing in her Administration, or the public outcry for ethics reform in Santa Fe.
“The silence from the governor is deafening,” said Democratic Party of New Mexico executive director, Joe Kabourek. “New Mexicans deserve an answer: Does Gov. Martinez condone abuse of power within her administration?”
Martinez has said little or remained completely silent in recent weeks about the Taxation and Revenue Department scandal; the resignation and plea agreement of her close ally former Secretary of State Dianna Duran; or the accusations that her closet political adviser, Jay McCleskey, created shell companies to funnel campaign dollars to his business.
Further, Martinez has declined to comment on the comprehensive reform legislation package put forth last week by New Mexico House Democratic Leader Brian Egolf.
“Everyone in New Mexico is talking about corruption and scandal – and what we need to do to clean up Santa Fe – except for Gov. Susana Martinez,” Kabourek said. “New Mexicans deserve a leader who not only stands up to abuses of power in her own Administration, but who also takes decisive action to root out corruption for good. Susana Martinez promised New Mexicans she would put an end to scandal in state government. Instead, she is presiding over a scandal-plagued Administration and she’s doing nothing to stop the house of cards from falling.”