Press Release: Governor’s Graphic Attacks on Hispanic Business, Women’s’ Group, Teachers & Democrats Deserve Explaination, Apology

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April 16, 2014

Governor’s Graphic Attacks on Hispanic Business, Women’s Group, Teachers, & Democrats Deserve Explanation, Apology

Audio tapes accompanying a new profile of New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez in Mother Jones magazine show an offensive side of Susana Martinez and the team running her campaign.

On the release of those tapes, ProgressNowNM provides the following analysis from Executive Director Patrick Davis:

“Susana Martinez has promoted her own advocacy for her developmentally disabled sister in campaign ads and slickly-orchestrated profiles, yet she laughed along as her own campaign team called out the speaker of the house as a ‘little retard.”

Equally offensive, our first Latina governor makes light of Hispanic culture and the work of successful Hispanic-run businesses in promoting the companies they built and the governor laughs along as her campaign manager suggests her current director of commissions should run the Commission on the Status of Women so he can ‘study more women.’

These tapes show a governor who is another Mad Men good ‘ol boy, not a bold Latina leader of the modern age.

New Mexico needs to have a serious conversation with Susana Martinez and that starts with some real accountability for her statements.”

For more on this story, see the release included below:

April 16, 2014

[Graphic Audio] Mother Jones Tapes Catch Governor’s Graphic Attacks on Hispanic Business, Women’s Group, Teachers & Democrats

Contact: Patrick Davis (505) 750-0012 

In audio tapes provided to Mother Jones from campaign staffers, Martinez and her aides can be heard discussing a number of hot issues during her 2010 campaign including:


On Teachers & Hiding Her True Positions During the Campaign

Martinez told campaign staffers she would hide her opinions on teachers during the campaign, but she didn’t like teachers who “already don’t work,” referring to summer school breaks.

She then laughs with her chief campaign strategist, Jay McCleskey, about ways to avoid accusations that she hid her true anti-teacher feelings during the campaign. [AUDIO]

On Democrats as “Little Bitches” and “Little Retards”

Susana Martinez laughs and plays along as an aide calls Ben Lujan (former Speaker of the House and father of NM Congressman Ben Ray Lujan, he has since died of cancer) a “little retard”

Martinez slams her former Democratic gubernatorial opponent as “that little bitch.” [AUDIO]

Belittling Hispanic Business Group and Women’s Job Program

Martinez dismisses the role of the “Hispano Chamber of Culture, or I don’t know what the hell it was” (Hispano Chamber of Commerce) and the Commission on the Status of Women which helps women learn job skills and advocates for policies including women in the workplace.  

She laughs and agrees when her campaign manager, Jay McCleskey, makes a sexist comment suggesting one of their male campaign staffers wants to run that commission to “study more women.” [AUDIO]

She concludes saying the then-director was trying to be her “best friend” during the meeting.  Martinez later eliminated the department and other women’s programs by line-item veto.



“A lot of people inside and outside New Mexico are very excited about Susana Martinez because they believe she is one of them,” says Patrick Davis of ProgressNowNM, a progressive advocacy and watchdog organization. “But those who tangle with her know another side that these tapes show.  Politics before people or policy is much more the norm for her win-at-any-cost team.”   


The full Mother Jones story is available at

A sample of the audio clips are compiled at