State Democrats Request Susana Martinez Records, Citing Possible Misuse of Public Resources

05/01/2014 01:46 pm ET | Updated May 01, 2014
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The Democratic Party of New Mexico has requested to see email and written correspondence between now-Gov. Susana Martinez (R), her campaign staff and the third judicial district attorney's office in 2009 and 2010.

The request was sparked by a recent Mother Jones article that mentioned Martinez's 2010 gubernatorial campaign staffers interacting with the district attorney's office. Martinez was the district attorney at the time.

Martinez's crew saw enemies everywhere. A former staffer recalls the campaign on multiple occasions sending the license plate numbers of cars believed to be used by opposition trackers to an investigator in Martinez's DA office who had access to law enforcement databases. In one instance, a campaign aide took a photo of a license plate on a car with an anti-Martinez bumper sticker and emailed it to the investigator. "Cool I will see who it belongs to!!" the investigator replied.

State Democratic Party Chairman Sam Bregman filed the records request Wednesday.

"These allegations are part of a troubling pattern by Susana Martinez and her staff of misusing public resources for political purposes," he said in a press release. "New Mexicans deserve to know how government resources are being used."

The party pledged to make the records available to the public.

Martinez's office did not return a request for comment.

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