A Letter to Governor Susana Martinez

Governor Susana Martinez

Office of the Governor

490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Room 400

Santa Fe, NM 87501

Dear Governor Martinez,

Today you must make a choice that will define your administration for all time. You have promoted yourself as a champion of open government and an opponent of corruption.

But the reality of your administration has been the opposite, from involvement in the predetermined racino contract and allegations of violating the Governmental Conduct Act to widespread use of private emails to avoid disclosure of questionable actions by your administration.

Our group has had to file two complaints with the Attorney General due to your refusal to produce public records despite your executive orders to the contrary.

Your chief of staff has been caught admitting to not using his state email to communicate for fear of public disclosure, and to going “off-line” for his communications that if publicly disclosed could send him to court or jail.

This admission comes after your administration publicly attacked, as a liar, a former cabinet secretary who disclosed in an affidavit that Chief of Staff Keith Gardner instructed all cabinet secretaries to follow his lead.

Further, when it was disclosed that your administration was using private emails for government business, your administration claimed that it never received any of the emails sent by Pat Rogers. As evidence to support this claim, your administration cited the lack of any email replies sent by Keith Gardner and Ryan Cangiolosi.

Thanks to Mr. Gardner’s own words, it is clear that the lack of email responses were due not to a lack of receiving the emails but to your administration’s practice of going “off-line” to communicate.

You must immediately fire both Keith Gardner and Ryan Cangiolosi. Failure to do so makes you complicit in their conduct.

You must also end your relationship with your “top advisor” Jay McCleskey. There can be no doubt that he has been complicit in this effort to deceive the public.

Governor Martinez, you endorsed the actions of putting Rick May on administrative leave when there was no evidence of any wrongdoing on his part. You now have irrefutable evidence of clear wrongdoing by your highest-ranking officials. Failure to clean house means acceptance by you of this conduct.

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