At Least She’s Not Your Governor

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has had it up to HERE with all of these laws and stuff.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has had it up to HERE with all of these laws and stuff.

Welcome to another edition of one of the longest-running features here at Colorado Pols: At Least They’re Not Your Legislator (or Governor, or Senator, or whatever).

According to NM Political Report, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez — who was just recently chosen by her fellow Governors as the Chairwoman of the Republican Governor’s Association — just can’t seem to keep out of trouble:

Police were called to the Eldorado Hotel in Santa Fe this weekend after a loud party. After police were called, someone who identified herself as Governor Susana Martinez demanded to know why the police were called and insisted they were just “eating pizza.”

NM Political Report obtained audio of three calls to police. One was from the front desk of the hotel, saying those in the room had been warned multiple times and asked for police to come and escort those in the room off the property.

The other two featured Martinez demanding to know who called to complain and saying there was no need for police to be involved…

…A front desk staffer called the police after midnight to have the people in the room “escorted off the property.”

“They’ve been warned already and they are still not quieting down,” the staffer told a Santa Fe Police Department dispatcher. “They’ve been told to leave. We were told to call you guys.”

Once the police came to the hotel, the woman identifying herself as the governor talked with police on the phone at least twice.

That sounds like one hell of a “pizza party.” Unfortunately for Gov. Martinez, who has been engulfed in a series of scandals already this year, there is ample audio evidence of complaints about a loud party in her room. Here’s how Martinez responded at one point:

When she asks the dispatcher what was reported, the dispatcher says that “there was a party and people were throwing bottles off the balcony.”

She responds that no one is throwing bottles off the balcony “and if there were, it was about six hours ago.” [Pols emphasis]


The FBI is already investigating a potential campaign finance scam involving Martinez’s closest political advisor, Jay McCleskey, which is a separate investigation from the federal inquiry into allegations that Martinez targeted political enemies for tax audits.

Maybe it’s something in the water in New Mexico. In October, New Mexico’s Secretary of State resigned her post and pled guilty to two felony counts of embezzlement; Republican Dianna Duran had been accused of using taxpayer money to fund her gambling habit at casinos.

It wasn’t long ago that Martinez was being mentioned as a potential Republican candidate for President, or at the very least an attractive option for the eventual GOP nominee to select as a running mate. If Republicans have been maintaining a “short list” of potential candidates for Vice President, we’d guess that Martinez’s name has a big ‘ol line through it.

That might be an unnecessary step, however. Martinez certainly sounds, uh, less than sober in the audio recordings from the hotel incident. Pressuring law enforcement officials to cover up or ignore improprieties might soon put Martinez on the same bus as former SOS Duran.

9 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. davebarnes says:

    I suspect that John A Sanchez is watching very, very closely.

  2. DaftPunk says:

    Proves you don't need to be on welfare to suffer from "entitlementiasis."  It's a societal problem, not a political one.

  3. FrankUnderwood says:

    Oh Susana……….

    That photo makes her appear to be going Full Trump on the audience. Carly Fiorina and Nicki Haley's stock just went up in the GOP VP-stakes thanks to the Pizza Meltdown.

  4. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    Big deal. So Republicans can't party down like liberals occasionally do?

    • mamajama55 says:

      CHB, the issue is hypocrisy. Governor Martinez claims some kind of superior Christian moral authority. For example, she decried the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage equality as Federal overreach against state's rights to discriminate. 

      …this should have been resolved by the voters through respectful deliberation within the states — not by a handful of unelected judges.

      She also showed her Christian charity by refusing entry to any Syrian refugees. Her other policy positions are mostly Tea Party dogma: no abortion funding, corporations pay less taxes, no government involvement in health care, no path to citizenship for immigrants (even though her own grandparents immigrated illegally).


    • BlueCat says:

      It's still a bit unusual for governors of either party get the police called on them for carrying on with their associates like a bunch of spoiled brat teens and then getting belligerent about it. And as a more, shall we say mature woman, I do bear in mind, heading into the holidays, that sloppy drunkenness which may be sort of cute in 20 something girls is not terribly attractive in women of a certain age. Best for us to stop at the pleasant buzz stage. Just sayin'. wink

  5. And don't forget the scandal with Colorado connections involving Albuquerque Public Schools, the Secretary of Education, and the Vice Principal who couldn't pass a background check…

  6. Half Glass Full says:

    First Walt, now Suzanna What is it with New Mexicans and pizza?

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