The ethics watchdog group CREW named Susana Martinez to an unflattering list – that of the worst governors in America.
The liberal-leaning group had previously named Gov. Bill Richardson to the list. This year, however, there are just two Democrats and 16 Republicans on the list.
CREW says that Martinez’s political adviser Jay McCleskey used the Public Education Department for political gain when he asked the department for a list of non-union teachers and their email addresses. The department did not have such a document and created a list for McCleskey.
In many cases, requests for public records through the Inspection of Public Records Act are rejected if they require compiling new documents. IPRA allows public agencies to reject requests for this reason — but does not bar agencies from doing so.
CREW also mentioned the saga of the racino, where critics say that the lucrative state contract was steered to a company with political connections to Martinez and other Republicans. The FBI has investigated some former Martinez campaign staffers about the racino deal — and other issues.
The FBI has not made an arrest in the case and it is unknown if it is even still being investigated. However, the FBI has filed charges of another former campaign staffer in hijacking of emails
Republicans have highlighted that they don’t exactly take CREW seriously and said it was as partisan outfit.
Former executive director of the Republican Party of New Mexico:
@steveterrell That's newsworthy. They attack every prominent or swing-race GOP gov.
— Adam Feldman (@AdamFeldmanABQ) July 17, 2013
Former Martinez spokesman Greg Blair:
@steveterrell CREW a blatantly partisan org using low hanging dem fruit as cover to attack GOP. Always has been their MO, always will be.
— Greg Blair (@gblair06) July 17, 2013
Former GOP congressional candidate, head of state police and Bernalillo County Sheriff Darren White:
CREW funded by convicted felon George Soros, who also funds Progress Now. LOL #nmpol
— Darren White (@darrenPwhite) July 17, 2013
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