Our View: Audiotapes reveal another Martinez

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Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014 11:15 pm | Updated: 11:30 pm, Thu Apr 17, 2014.

Gov. Susana Martinez took center stage, if only for a brief moment, in the nation’s political theater this week.

Mother Jones, the left-leaning investigative magazine, published a not-so-flattering profile of the New Mexico governor and possible Republican vice presidential contender. Even juicier than the cover article, which described Martinez as “petty” and “vindictive” under the headline, “The Next Sarah Palin,” were the quotes of Martinez talking off the cuff with advisers.

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  • Eli Chavez posted at 12:49 pm on Sat, Apr 19, 2014.

    Eli Chavez Posts: 25

    I would love to debate Gov. Susana Tejana. She is the most corrupt Governor New Mexicans elected. She stands for war on women, voter suppression, not for minimum wage increase to $10.10 per hour, anti-unions, anti-teachers, anti Hispanics, anti Afro Americans, Pro-Koch Brothers, Pro-Col Jones an extreme Rightist who works the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy who Believes that "us against the Evil New Mexican. Question Susana: How much CASH have you received from the Koch Brothers and Paul Blanchard? Let us know how the Koch Brothers are going to get you out of the RECORDINGS. I would like to debate you. We are going to vote you out of office. You need to apologize to New Mexicans for your Palin Like attack on our Teachers and Ben Lujan Family.

  • Hermanss posted at 10:33 am on Sat, Apr 19, 2014.

    Hermanss Posts: 1

    Great article on our sweet governor. Wonderful to learn something about the real person in that office. What an example for our kids. Thank you Mother Jones. New Mexico deserves better. Herman Morris

  • Ron Johnson posted at 8:57 am on Sat, Apr 19, 2014.

    ronjohnsonson Posts: 11

    I wish UNM would reread their mission statement and decide to find and alternative for broadcasting their sports. AM 770 KKKOB radio worked hard to defeat Denish and elect Martinez while wearing the Lobos logo. Martinez would not be a governor today without KKKOB.

    Now KKKOB local talkers are working hard to defend and excuse Martinez and her staff on behalf of the Republican Party and the Rio Grande Foundation. They've blasted NM for decades with Limbaugh and Hannity and now Michael Savage and Levin. Recent research has shown the national American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and Koch Bros think tanks have been paying Limbaugh, Hannity, Levin and others millions to lie for them while pretending to represent popular sentiment. All that on the Lobos logo.

    Martinez and her think tank-picked staff, like education 'expert' Hanna Skandera (from the Hoover Institute- another Republican think tank working to destroy and privatize public education), do not deserve the help of an institution of higher learning like UNM. The Lobos don't deserve to be used by KKKOB to attract advertisers. What is KKKOB paying for that privilege? It can't be enough to compensate for the damage KKKOB and politicians it helps elect have done and are doing to education and students in the state. Not to mention constant opposition to raising the minimum wage and the global warming denial, racism, sexism, and lying for the GOP and Koch brothers think tanks.

    UNM should be looking for non political alternatives. So what if they lose a few listeners?

  • Pat Shackleford posted at 10:33 pm on Fri, Apr 18, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 570

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention. For-profit prisons have proven problematic across the country. Judges have been bribed by jail operators to rule "guilty" with flimsy and insufficient evidence, in order to keep cells filled. The "war on drugs" has been a financial gravy-train for them, with non-violent offenders guilty merely of possessing small personal-use amounts spending years behind bars at taxpayers' expense. Would not be surprised if state officials are already receiving kickbacks related to jail operations and proposed expansion contracts. "If we build it, (more jail-cell capacity) they will come". Make-it-rain (dollar$), CCA.

  • Frances Madeson posted at 1:47 pm on Fri, Apr 18, 2014.

    Frances Madeson Posts: 5

    Thank you for this fine editorial, but it could have gone even farther. Now that the curtain has been pulled back on the goon squad running this state, I hope we can take a closer look at this cabinet.

    I'm thinking specifically of DOC $ecretary Gregg Mercantel, who is disingenuously expanding the for-profit women's prison in Grants while inviting us to pretend that he is not. He says he has no intention of increasing the women's prison population, hides behind the Sentencing Commission's projections out to 2023, and yet exceeds them by a long shot.

    If it were in fact the case that the RFP for 850 beds (currently there are 611) is only to make sure that the DOC is prepared in case of a need, then let him rewrite the RFP to reflect just that. 1) why 850 beds when the document he uses for justification suggests 803 (and even that is nuanced)?; 2) why not restrict any expansion of even a single bed unless and until all women eligible for parole are released; 3) why does he not exercise leadership to cure the many grotesque abuses of solitary confinement cited in the ACLU-NM's scandalous study Inside the Box? What is he paid to do other than bloviate?

    It's abundantly clear that one of the factors driving the increase is longer sentences. Inside the Box makes it clear that many incarcerated women are trapped in a punishment loop.

    Face it: our NM sisters are being sacrificed as CCA's modern-day slaves!

  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 10:29 am on Fri, Apr 18, 2014.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 481

    She is what many people suspected all along.

    One thing she is not is a Mitt Romney-like candidate as the writer of the Opinion piece suggested, nor is she a Sarah Palin--those two could be cleaned up to sparkle and bygones could be bygones. Susana has insulted (1) a beloved Hispano politcian and his grieving family whose (2) son is a sitting US Congressman, (3) New Mexico women and women in general (4) educators and administrators (5) the public information act, and (6) the developmentally disabled.

    I cannot imagine that even in her arrogance and self-centered little brain she hears "Hail to the Chief."

  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 10:11 am on Fri, Apr 18, 2014.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 481

    Mr. Chavez:

    Oh how I wish you could have had the opportunity to deliver that message to her face!

    That arrogant woman has yet to apologize; she hides behind "spokespeople" and decries the invasion of her privacy; and, like the coward she is, she whines about the tapes being "stolen." Well, that's no surprise--who would have knowingly gone on record with those comments and behavior? She is what

  • Mel Hayes posted at 9:14 am on Fri, Apr 18, 2014.

    Hobson Posts: 117

    Well said, thanks! [thumbup]

  • Eli Chavez posted at 7:29 am on Fri, Apr 18, 2014.

    Eli Chavez Posts: 25

    Gov. Susana AKA Tejana Martinez. The Koch Brothers could careless about you now. They used you... The recordings are everything to New Mexicans and your voice is on them. As you are aware, you as a former Prosecutor, the recordings can ruin a defendant either in a civil and/or criminal case. Based on my experience your voice on the recordings will forever haunt you. You may consider resigning your trusted position as Gov. of the Land of Enchantment (your statement The Land of Enhancement is a killer). Your heart is not with us New Mexicans, your heart is with the GOP who has moved themselves to the extreme and appear to be part of the KKK. Your New GOP is against the right to vote known as Voter Suppression which has been implement throughout the USA. You forgot about have not done anything about New Mexicans children who school hungry. You are a miserable failure. In your recordings you mention Ben Lujan a man who did so much for New Mexico. New Mexicans will fight politicos like you because you are for YOU. Where are the Koch Brothers, have called them to send you some CASH to help you fight the so called Liberal Media. The Liberal Media did not make the Recordings. Mother Jones voice is not on the recordings.


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