Taxpayers spend $1.1 million for Gov’s press team that refuses to let her talk to the press
“With a team of communication directors and public information officers who collectively earn more than $1 million annually, getting information from the Martinez’ administration shouldn’t be a problem, but for many reporters, such access is limited or nonexistent.” – Peter St. Cyr, Santa Fe Reporter
It wasn’t supposed to be this way. On a frigid New Year’s morning in 2011, shortly after being sworn into office, Martinez pledged, “Transparency and accountability will be core values of my administration,” adding, “we aren’t going to hide anything from you in the hope of escaping your fair judgment of our performance.”
Six years later, the day-to-day reality of covering the Martinez administration, however, suggests something altogether different.
[PBS host Lorraine] Mills recalls running into Keith Gardner, the governor’s chief of staff, at Home Depot and asking him to schedule an interview with the governor. She says she was disappointed when Gardner told her, “National won’t let us.”
“It’s not a position of intelligence or sophistication,” [Lorraine] Mills says. “They don’t trust the democratic process. They want to control everything. It’s very immature.”