Thursday, August 9, 2012

NMFA Scandal a Sign that Martinez’s Administration Lacks Qualified Appointees

Yesterday, Governor Martinez looked like a deer in the headlights when asked about the NMFA scandal. No one expected the Governor to know everything about all the parts of her government. What the voters do expect from the executive on the fourth floor in Santa Fe was that she knows how to appoint capable experts to cabinet post and boards.

State Senator Tim Keller looked more composed and knowledgeable when it came to the affects this scandal could have on our state’s ability to build schools and other projects. His professional background enables him to better project the consequences of this scandal. It is sad that the governor has not shown an ability to build better relationships with State Senators who could have given her better advice on financial issues.

Governor Martinez is going to go down in history as one of the weakest governors this state has ever seen if she does not start to clear house of the appointed officials that were handpicked by senatorial candidate Heather Wilson. We have no idea at this point just how many of these appointees are waiting for their chance to take advantage of New Mexico taxpayers.

What we do know is that they appear to have no ethics when it comes to sharing personal private information with the Republican Party. We also know that they are not above making back room deals when it comes to public assets. We know some of the board members failed to do their job when it came to oversight of one of our most important financial agencies in this state. We as voters all have to fear what could be next when it comes to the people appointed by Governor Martinez’s transition team.