NEW MEXICO

Mother Jones Runs Second Piece Slamming Martinez

Focuses on two former Martinez appointees who are accusing the administration of silencing employees who report wrongdoing.

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Karyn Bruggeman
May 9, 2014, 7:08 a.m.

Ac­cord­ing to Moth­er Jones, two former ap­pointees of Gov. Susana Mar­tinez (R) are “ac­cus­ing high-rank­ing of­fi­cials in her ad­min­is­tra­tion of pub­lic cor­rup­tion, mis­man­age­ment, and in­tim­id­a­tion” in a law­suit filed in Feb­ru­ary. “It claims that of­fi­cials at the state’s eco­nom­ic de­vel­op­ment agency en­gaged in ex­tramar­it­al af­fairs that could ex­pose the state to sexu­al har­ass­ment charges and that of­fi­cials tried to si­lence em­ploy­ees who re­por­ted con­tract­ing vi­ol­a­tions and oth­er wrong­do­ing.” The law­suit tar­gets Jon Barela, the sec­ret­ary of the New Mex­ico Eco­nom­ic De­vel­op­ment De­part­ment, and his deputy.

The piece is the second in re­cent weeks by Moth­er Jones writer Andy Kroll dig­ging in­to re­cords and re­cord­ings from Mar­tinez and her staff. The first piece spawned a series of at­tack ads from Mar­tinez’s Demo­crat­ic chal­lengers, who are com­pet­ing in the June 3 primary.

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