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CREW names Martinez as one of ‘worst governors in America’

crew-logo (1)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:

Former Martinez spokesman Greg Blair:

Former GOP congressional candidate, head of state police and Bernalillo County Sheriff Darren White:

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Matthew Reichbach has blogged about New Mexico politics since 2006. Matthew was a co-founder of New Mexico FBIHOP with his brother and part of the original hirings at the groundbreaking website the New Mexico Independent. Matthew has covered events such as the Democratic National Convention and Netroots Nation. In addition to politics, Matthew is an avid sports fan, especially of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and TV fan.

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One Response to "CREW names Martinez as one of ‘worst governors in America’"

  1. marsha says:

    The Martinez administration is systematically dismantling public education in the state of New Mexico. The Secretary-designate, Hannah Skandera came armed with a GOP agenda of Jeb Bush political reforms. Within six months of taking office, they riffed 40 employees from the Public Education Department and have been creating and filling high salaried management positions, some gov-ex, with out of state political pundits, TFA graduates and friends of Deputy Secretary, Paul Aguilar; the “Bernalillo” connection. The email gate was about using IT staff and School Budget staff to gather information during working hours for political reasons, using personal emails to hide their actions. Google Independent Source PAC for more of the sorid details about this story and many more.