Documents: Chuck Franco's trip cost state thousands

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Posted: Saturday, April 13, 2013 10:58 am | Updated: 12:16 am, Tue Apr 16, 2013.

Two state police officers racked up thousands of dollars in overtime, holiday pay and other expenses while providing security for Gov. Susana Martinez’s husband on an out-of-state hunting trip, according to documents released Friday by the state Department of Public Safety.

First gentleman Chuck Franco took the six-day trip to Louisiana in early September 2011. The Governor’s Office has said that Franco paid his own expenses and that the officers were sent on order of the state police chief. The officers traveled in a state vehicle.

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  • Ernie Durr posted at 7:18 pm on Mon, Apr 15, 2013.

    ernie d Posts: 4

    The question is did he at least get something when hunting to justify the cost?

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 12:02 pm on Mon, Apr 15, 2013.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1675

    I wonder if being way behind on fundraising for his gubernatorial challenge against Susana is the real reason behind Gary King's decision to force DPS to release these security sensitive documents: http://www.santafenewmexican.com/opinion/editorials/article_50cee433-0a39-5bba-b0ea-617bbd472440.html

    An inquisitive journalist might have provided information comparing this incident to Governor Richardson's security expenses. I'd wager that Chuck could take a whole bunch of hunting trips before the security expenses even came close to what Richardson spent on his big, flashy, self-aggrandizing security entourage.

  • shandbi posted at 11:24 am on Mon, Apr 15, 2013.

    shandbi Posts: 1

    I'm definitely not a republican and truly do not like Ms. Guv, but really, this is supposed to be a big deal? So what if the partner of the Guv had protection? He's the Governor's spouse, for goodness sake. It's just that now...the repubs cannot complain when a Dem spouse has the same protection.

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 10:03 am on Mon, Apr 15, 2013.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1675

    Remember when investigative journalism meant something more than just trolling through FOIA documents?

  • Joe Montoya posted at 10:32 am on Sun, Apr 14, 2013.

    Joe_Montoya Posts: 77

    Con lo que no cuesta se hace fiesta!

  • New Mexican posted at 8:04 am on Sun, Apr 14, 2013.

    New Mexican Posts: 11

    I thought Susana was above wasting our money? Why the State police were needed in Louisana, where the first gentelmen is unknown, is a question that begs to be asked. There is more to this situation. Maybe it will come out, but I doubt it.

  • weneedrain posted at 9:41 pm on Sat, Apr 13, 2013.

    weneedrain Posts: 1

    why does someone going hunting, who presumably has a gun, need protection? GOP just as bad as the dems... all hypocrites.

  • Lafrey posted at 5:37 pm on Sat, Apr 13, 2013.

    Lafrey Posts: 1

    In most cases the D's make the rules. Ask Richardson how much his wife's trip cost probably on the state jet

  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 5:25 pm on Sat, Apr 13, 2013.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 481

    Hey, Handymark:

    The governor is not capitalized; she is not a personage, just someone elected to office. Her Family is not The Royal Family, just her family--like your family and my family, etc. Just folks, no matter what she thinks or others may tell her.

    Getting "smeared" is what happens to people who say one thing and do another. Or as the old adage goes, "(p)eople in glass houses shouldn't throw stones."

  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 5:17 pm on Sat, Apr 13, 2013.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 481

    But I'll bet Chuck made those "mean bologna sandwiches" to save money, right? Or did the officers get the state's usual per diem and travel mileage, hotel accommodations, etc.? The overtime pay is the least of it.

    LOTS of transparency, gov! You go, girl!

  • Handymark posted at 2:47 pm on Sat, Apr 13, 2013.

    Handymark Posts: 7

    Anything to smear the Governor or Her Family, sad very sad.

  • Lise Hamel-Holland posted at 12:46 pm on Sat, Apr 13, 2013.

    Lise Posts: 1



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