Tax and Revenue Secretary Demesia Padilla Resigns
New Mexico – Today, the Democratic Party of New Mexico released the following statement after Governor Martinez-appointed Taxation and Revenue Department (TRD) Secretary Demesia Padilla resigned from her position for an egregious abuse of power not unfamiliar to the Martinez administration. The resignation comes after New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller conducted investigations into Secretary Padilla’s conduct giving preferential treatment to a client, which resulted in lost revenue for the state.
“This resignation is a signal that Secretary Padilla participated in egregious misconduct that the Martinez administration is known for. This abuse of power cost the state money at a time when we are facing serious budget shortfalls, and I commend Auditor Keller and AG Balderas for doing their due diligence to investigate and ensure New Mexico isn’t cheated out of revenues in the future,” said Debra Haaland Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico.
This latest resignation comes in a long line of mismanagement and misconduct stemming from the Martinez Administration, including an investigation into the Human Services Department for tampering with food assistance applications, news about mismanagement of rape kit backlogs in the state, and Governor Martinez’s late night call to State Police after a staff holiday party.