1 July 2010
Political Reporter Questions Whether Martinez is Ready for Prime Time; Martinez Shakes-Up Campaign Staff
A piece by Sean Olson, political reporter for the Albuquerque Journal, reported on Hispanic leaders calling for Martinez to speak out against the racist email and fire the prosecutor responsible for sending it.
Below is a copy of Olson’s piece – which also includes news of a Martinez campaign staff shake-up:
By Sean Olson
Journal Staff Writer
Democrats are calling for the head of Lisa Kuykendall, a senior prosecutor working in governor candidate Susana Martinez's Las Cruces District Attorney's Office, after she forwarded a joke e-mail depicting a "New Mexican girl" killing an Arab and a Mexican illegal immigrant.
In a hastily called news conference Wednesday morning in front of Bernalillo County's District Court, elected officials and community groups called for Martinez to apologize for the "offensive" e-mail and fire Kuykendall for forwarding it.
"We need to send a message to Mexican and Arab children in our country that they are loved ... and that no one is going to shoot them," said Carolyn Margolies, president and CEO of the YWCA Middle Rio Grande.
Kuykendall has been reprimanded for sending the e-mail, but a spokeswoman for Martinez's District Attorney's Office declined to comment further, citing employee confidentiality laws.
Martinez has not addressed the e-mail personally, instead allowing her campaign and a subordinate at her District Attorney's Office to make statements on her behalf. She responded on Wednesday to a Journal request for her comment with a statement from a campaign staff member.
"Susana Martinez found the forwarded e-mail 'joke' to be unacceptable, and immediately addressed the issue when it was brought to her attention by reprimanding the individual and issuing a statement from her official office to make clear that the e-mail forwarded by one employee did not represent her views, nor the views of the office," Martinez campaign spokesman Adam Deguire said in a prepared statement.
Rep. Antonio "Moe" Maestas, D-Albuquerque, Albuquerque City Councilors Ken Sanchez and Rey Garduño, former Albuquerque Police Department Deputy Chief Marie Sisi Miranda, lawyer Ahmad Assed and Margolies all spoke out against Kuykendall and the e-mail at the news conference.
Martinez's opponent, Democrat Diane Denish, also stepped into the fray, calling the incident "offensive" and "inexcusable" in a statement Wednesday.
"Needless to say, if this happened in my office, the employees responsible would no longer have their jobs," Denish said.
SHAKE-UP: Governor candidate Susana Martinez is shuffling her campaign, hiring former Republican Party of New Mexico Executive Director Ryan Cangiolosi as her campaign manager.
Adam Deguire, who managed Martinez's campaign in the primary, will manage field operations for Martinez from now on.
Cangiolosi quit his post at the state GOP to work for Martinez. He is a veteran of numerous New Mexico Republican campaigns, a Naval Reserve officer and a former vice president of the Jalapeno Corp., a Nevada-based oil and gas exploration company that works in New Mexico.
State GOP Chairman Harvey E. Yates Jr. is the president of the company, according to Public Regulation Commission records.
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30 June 2010
Martinez Silent on Racist E-Mail; DA Office’s Apathetic Response Raises More Questions than Answers
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – After news reports exposed a racist email being circulated by state employees from her 3rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office, gubernatorial candidate Susana Martinez remains silent on the matter – refusing to condemn the hateful email or hold her staff accountable. The apathetic response by a DA spokesperson raises more questions than answers, including the following:
1. What are the names and positions of the state employees who sent or forwarded the racist email from their state email accounts?
2. What exactly does it mean when the District Attorney’s Office says that the prosecutor responsible was “disciplined” and “reprimanded”?
3. Will the state employee or employees responsible for sending the racist email continue to work for Susana Martinez?
4. Why hasn’t Susana Martinez shown leadership by condemning the violent, hateful and racist sentiments expressed in the email?
Yesterday, DPNM Chairman Javier Gonzales called on Martinez to determine which state employees were responsible for sending the racist email and to fire them immediately. Today he reiterated his call for Martinez to hold her staff accountable for this deplorable action.
“In her first opportunity to show real leadership as a candidate for Governor, Susana Martinez has been silent and is nowhere to be found,” said Chairman Gonzales. “There should be zero tolerance for racism and the people of New Mexico deserve some answers from Susana Martinez. Instead of hiding behind a spokesperson, Martinez should immediately condemn the racist email and fire the staff members responsible for sending it around.”
The racist joke from the 3rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office email is attached below.
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Chairman Gonzales Calls on Susana Martinez to Terminate State Staffer(s) Responsible for Sending Racist Email
29 June 2010
Below is an Associated Press article on the matter:
Immigrant Joke Prompts Reprimand by GOP Candidate – Barry Massey, Associated Press
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Republican gubernatorial nominee Susana Martinez has disciplined a prosecutor in her district attorney's office for using a government computer to forward an e-mail that jokes about killing Mexicans and Arabs.
The e-mail, according to a copy obtained by The Associated Press, describes a New Mexico girl shooting a Mexican and an Arab in a bar and then saying, "In New Mexico, we have so many illegal aliens we don't have to drink with the same ones twice."
The e-mail was sent a week after Martinez won the GOP gubernatorial nomination in a campaign in which immigration was a hot-button issue.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Susan Riedel said Tuesday that forwarding the e-mail was inappropriate and the employee has been reprimanded.
25 June 2010
Surprise, Surprise: Martinez Can’t Name Major Mexican Drug Cartels That She Claims To Have Taken On
Martinez Favors Right-Wing National Talk Circuit Over New Mexico’s Working Families and Their Issues
25 June 2010
Ignores critical issues of rising health care costs at home
22 June 2010
Diane Denish Announces Major Plan to Invest in New Mexico's Workforce While Susana Martinez Offers More Empty Rhetoric and Fluff
Click here to read more about Diane’s workforce development plan.
Click here to read more about Diane’s government reform plan.
Click here to read more about Diane’s ethics reform plan.
9 June 2010
Martinez double-talk and side-stepping does not fix a broken pledge to New Mexicans
Albuquerque, NM - Just days into the general election campaign Susana Martinez is ramping up the double-talk and dishonest retorts of her ugly record of felony DWI plea bargains. After promising in 2004 not to plea bargain felony DWI cases – and breaking that promise and cutting plea deals more than 800 times – she has a new excuse. According to today’s Albuquerque Journal, Martinez is now saying that she meant she wouldn’t plea felony DWIs down to misdemeanors. Problem: that’s not true either.
“New Mexicans are sick of political double-talk and broken promises, and that is exactly what Susana Martinez has had to offer thus far,” said DPNM Chairman Javier Gonzales. “Enough is enough, and the last thing this failed prosecutor deserves is a promotion to governor. One thing Mrs. Martinez does deserve is increased scrutiny of her record as a prosecutor.”
In 2008, Jaime Cardenas was charged with felony, aggravated DWI when he was found with an open bottle of Jose Cuervo and failed his field sobriety test. Court records showed that Cardenas had been convicted five times previously for driving under the influence. However, Jaime Cardenas and Susana Martinez’s office reached a plea agreement where he was only charged as a third time offender, a misdemeanor. [State of New Mexico v. Jaime A. Cardenas, D-307-CR-200800773, DWI Repeat Offender Plea and Disposition Agreement, Filed 6/2/08; Blog, NMPolitics.net, Heath Haussamen, 6/4/10]
This is an example of Martinez’s broken promises and failed record. Martinez has gone back and forth with excuses in the press, but that does not change the facts. The Cardenas case clearly demonstrates that Martinez is even contradicting her most recent excuse and claim that “her office has not wavered on its promise to ensure felony DWIs remain felonies.” [Albuquerque Journal, 6/9/10]
3 June 2010
District Attorney has worst murder conviction rate in state; now Martinez thinks she deserves a promotion?
Albuquerque, NM – After Susana Martinez won the Republican nomination by distorting her record and making empty promises, the Denish campaign today released an ad to introduce New Mexicans to the real Susana Martinez – and her failed record as District Attorney.
The ad directly quotes Susana Martinez talking about the importance of looking at candidates’ records, and then challenges Martinez to explain her broken pledge on felony DWI plea bargains and her horrible murder conviction rate – which is the lowest in the state. [New Mexico Administrative Office of the Courts, New Mexico State Court Annual Reports, FY 1999-2009]
“Susana Martinez won the Republican nomination with sound bites and empty promises, but in reality, she’s been a failed District Attorney who doesn’t deserve a promotion,” said Chris Cervini, Denish’s campaign spokesman. “New Mexicans want a Governor who they can trust to get the job done, not a failed District Attorney who broke her pledge to be tough on DWI offenders and has the worst felony murder conviction rate in the state. New Mexicans deserve more.”
The new ad entitled “Record,” is running statewide on network/cable television and it can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/user/Denish2010
2 June 2010
Primary results yield strong Democratic state-wide ticket
Albuquerque, NM - With results for the Democratic Party Primary now in, New Mexico Democrats have a unified state-wide ticket for the 2010 election. Leading the ticket is Diane Denish, the party’s nominee for Governor. Brian Colón joins Denish as her running mate and the Lieutenant Governor candidate.
“I would like to congratulate each of the stellar nominees who truly bring excellence to New Mexico, along with the unity and strength they lend the Democratic ticket,” said DPNM Chairman Javier Gonzales. “New Mexico Democrats are united behind Diane Denish and her focus on creating jobs and helping our state become more competitive. As Democrats we will work hard as a unified party and always put our state’s working families first.”
Below is the list of candidates that make up the 2010 Democratic ticket:
Diane Denish, Governor
Brian Colón, Lieutenant Governor
Martin Heinrich, 1st Congressional District
Harry Teague, 2nd Congressional District
Ben Ray Lujan Jr., 3rd Congressional District
Mary Herrera, Secretary of State
Gary King, Attorney General
James B. Lewis, Treasurer
Hector Balderas, Auditor
Ray Bennett Powell, Commissioner of Public Lands
Judge Robert E. Robles, Court of Appeals Position 1
Judge Linda M. Vanzi, Court of Appeals Position 2
Judge Tim L. Garcia, Court of Appeals Position 3
Meet the Real Susana Martinez: Ineffective Prosecutor, Broken Promises, and the Special Interest Candidate
1 June 2010
Martinez: All sizzle, no steak
Albuquerque, NM – After winning the Republican primary with glossy TV ads that do not tell the real stories behind of Martinez’s record, New Mexicans are left wondering: who is Susana Martinez and what’s her real record? As New Mexicans will soon come to know, Susana Martinez is selling them a bill of goods – and she’s asking for a promotion based on her spotty record.
“Once you look past the fancy ads and sound-bytes, Susana Martinez has been an ineffective prosecutor who breaks her pledges and cuts deals with violent criminals,” said Javier Gonzales, Chairman of the New Mexico Democratic Party. “Susana Martinez is all steak, no sizzle – and during these tough times, New Mexico families need a Governor they can trust to get the job done. Needless to say, a mediocre District Attorney does not deserve a promotion.”
Some facts about Susana Martinez’s record that she doesn’t want New Mexicans to know:
- In 2004 Martinez said she wouldn’t plea bargain felony DWI cases – in fact it was a campaign pledge – and then she broke her promise literally hundreds of times. She cut plea bargain deals with more than 800 felony DWI offenders since making the pledge, and more than 1,000 in total. [Albuquerque Journal, 5/19/10; Las Cruces Sun-News, 9/5/04; Administrative Office of the Courts, Annual Reports, Third District Court, FY 1999-2009, accessed 5/11/10]
- Martinez boasts about her conviction rate, but in reality her office let roughly one out of every three criminal defendants off the hook. [Administrative Office of the Courts, Annual Reports, Third District Court, FY 1999-2009, accessed 5/11/10]
- Martinez has let far too many of our most dangerous criminals off the hook. Over her tenure she has let 40 percent of murder defendants off and her rape conviction rate is only 57 percent. [Administrative Office of the Courts, Annual Reports, Third District Court, FY 1999-2009, accessed 5/11/10]
- Martinez’s campaign is being bankrolled by big oil and she received $450,000 from the Texas millionaire and his wife who financed the Swift Boat ads against John Kerry in 2004. [New Mexico Politics with Joe Monahan, 5/28/10]