Governor Martinez stonewalls media on...

Governor Martinez stonewalls media on husbands travel expenses

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Mike8

Albuquerque, NM

#1 Jun 20, 2013
None of the usual crybabies (corn, left of right etc ) have any thing to say about the governor not wanting to release any receipts of her husbands hunting trip or related expenses. Wonder why? Could it be they have hypocrititis!? Me thinks so....

Since: Aug 08

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#2 Jun 21, 2013
Mike8 wrote:
None of the usual crybabies (corn, left of right etc ) have any thing to say about the governor not wanting to release any receipts of her husbands hunting trip or related expenses. Wonder why? Could it be they have hypocrititis!? Me thinks so....
Perhaps because I've not heard about it! Do you have a link to an article?
Mike8

Albuquerque, NM

#3 Jun 21, 2013
Just left of right wrote:
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Perhaps because I've not heard about it! Do you have a link to an article?
Exactly! Those 'liberal' media outlets have presented very little on this subject. Try the KRQE website and you will find an article on it. Thanks for responding...
Mike8

Albuquerque, NM

#4 Jun 21, 2013
I dislike our current state leadership because I like to whine about meaningless issues, does it show?
Mike8

Albuquerque, NM

#5 Jun 21, 2013
Cornball, give it a break dude. It seems when you don't want to comment intelligently you resort to sillyness and being juvenile. Grow up dude. Meaningless issues are not wasting tax dollars as in this instance, you words not mine.
Mike8

Albuquerque, NM

#6 Jun 21, 2013
Gotta go now, headed to Las Vegas to spend some of the money Obama helped me to get. What a great President!

“US Navy”

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#7 Jun 21, 2013
Mike8 wrote:
Cornball, give it a break dude. It seems when you don't want to comment intelligently you resort to sillyness and being juvenile. Grow up dude. Meaningless issues are not wasting tax dollars as in this instance, you words not mine.
Wasn't me fool, when I post to you I do so logged in, not gray. Obviously you have an admirer out there, not surprising though given the dumb posts you usually make.

So whats your problem with the first man's travel expenses?
Mike8

Albuquerque, NM

#8 Jun 21, 2013
Mike8 wrote:
Gotta go now, headed to Las Vegas to spend some of the money Obama helped me to get. What a great President!
Nothing better than a free trip at taxpayer expense, suckers.

“Eys so hendsum!”

Since: Jun 09

Ol' Juarez

#9 Jun 21, 2013
The Downs Deal: Franco Was "Privately Hosted" On Louisiana Trip While Downs Lease Was Being Negotiated, But Guv Refuses To Name Hosts, Plus: Readers Blog On EmailGate And Hit A New Angle, Plus: Dem Treasurer Race Update, And: In Defense Of Santa Fe Service
Welcome aboard. Here's some Thursday blogging...

About that strange 2011 Louisiana hunting trip taken by First Gentleman Chuck Franco. After getting pressure from here and elsewhere for the release of more information, the Governor now says that Franco and his two state police security officers were "privately hosted" so there are no more expense records for the state policemen to be released--other than gas records that were released earlier. The news:

Franco and the officers assigned to guard him were “privately hosted, and security stayed where the first gentleman stayed and meals were included. It was a personal hunting trip and the hosts have no business with state government, nor are they involved in state politics.” However,(the) spokesman refused to identify the Louisiana hosts, saying,“It was a personal trip that had nothing to do with state business or state politics …”

And what about any contact during the trip with owners of the ABQ Downs who live in Louisiana and were negotiating a controversial 25 year racino lease at the time?

Franco’s Louisiana hosts aren’t associated with the Downs of Albuquerque racetrack nor a hotel company owned by John Turner, one of the Downs owners. Turner and another one of the three principals of the Downs, William Windham, live in Louisiana. Franco’s trip took place while the Downs was bidding on a 25-year contract. The company was awarded the contract later in 2011.

So who are the "private hosts" who put up Franco and his two taxpayer paid state police guards? How many? One host? Two? Three? A lot of geography was covered during that trek.

If Franco wanted a "personal" trip why did he agree to take two state policemen with him? He's not an elected official.

Were Franco's "private" hosts friends of the Downs owners? Business associates? Was the hunting party "hosted" by any Louisiana or Mississippi gambling interests apart from the Downs owners?

Fair questions given the frenzy over the Downs deal, don't you think?

The stonewalling by the administration on releasing the records from this trip only creates more mystery and intrigue over the alleged bid-rigging in the Downs deal. What happened to Governor Martinez's promise of transparency? Do we have to have the FBI question Franco and the two officers to make sure there is no connection between his trip and that racino lease? Well, bring it on.

And where is the lawsuit from some media group or the NM Foundation for Open Government to force the release of the records showing where the hunting party stayed? Martinez officials are saying the Texas courts have ruled that such records can stay secret. Hey, when did we start living under Texas law? What about our laws and our courts. What do they have to say?

If this were Big Bill hiding records, a posse would be forming to take him in. And rightfully so. What's with the double-standard when it comes to holding this Fourth Floor accountable? We're just asking...

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