Susana Martinez Is The Latest Republican ‘Star’ Tied to Cronyism and Corruption

Susana Martinez

The Republican Party’s “super star” governors are collapsing under the weight of corruption that comes with an insatiable appetite for money and power.

It wasn’t that long ago when establishment Republicans were buzzing around Chris Christie’s bully the constituent style of “straight talk” Then came “bridgegate” complete with an expose of the secret’s to Christie’s success. Reward supporters, punish an “uncooperative” mayor by closing down a bridge, and then blame it on a former female employee’s ever so fragile emotions. Then we heard about Pat McCrory’s sweetheart deal (naturally at Taxpayer’s expense) with his polluting former employer. After that, Sam Brownback’s shady dealings came to light.  These are just the “stars” caught in the corruption crosshairs this year.

The latest Republican “star” to find themselves in the midst of a corruption scandal is New Mexico governor, Susana Martinez. According to a 22 page complaint filed in February on behalf of two whistleblowers, a company owned by Martinez’s Secretary for New Mexico’s Department of Economic Development secretly benefitted from a state tax credit program. The complaint further alleges that Jon Barela and his Deputy, Barbara Brazil, “ignored waste and mismanagement” at the state’s Spaceport project in southern New Mexico. Brazil allegedly ran several Dairy Queen Franchises while she was on New Mexico’s payroll. The complaint goes on to allege that Martinez instructed a staff member to conduct “sensitive government business “on his personal email account to evade public record requests.

An attorney for Barela, Brazil, and the Economic Development Department denied the allegations in a response that was filed in March. As Mother Jones points out, the revelation of this lawsuit comes at a very bad time for Martinez and Barela because they are in a fierce competition with Texas, Arizona, and Nevada to get Tesla’s new car battery factory in their state. There are 6.500 jobs at stake.

Last month, Mother Jones published an article based on previously unreleased audio tape, text messages and emails that revealed a very different Susana Martinez behind the carefully crafted image of a “reform minded conservative Republican with a “great resume” that the Republican Party invested so much time and money to create. She was considered to be a top VP contender for 2016, with Mittens suggesting she could be “a contender” for the presidency someday.

Republicans hoped that women and Latinos would support Martinez because she is a woman and a Latina within a party that is anti both of those things.

The pristine image of a sheriff’s daughter, tough prosecutor, gun lover, tax hater “patriot” who loves Americans was already shattered by in an article that revealed Martinez has as much contempt for America and Americans as any man within the Republican Party.

This latest revelation may just send Koch brothers hunting through that binder to find a replacement for the Martinez model of a Tea Party Republican. On the other hand, the Koch brothers and their friends may find the cronyism and corruption allegedly within the Martinez administration just their cup of tea.

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17 Replies to “Susana Martinez Is The Latest Republican ‘Star’ Tied to Cronyism and Corruption”

  1. It appears that the Republicans have temporary wings and halos, put them on in public, oh so holy art thou, and put them away when they conduct business in private. I am not surprised. I wish they would do a thorough investigation of Rick Scott in Florida. He has such sticky hands that we that live here know he has done something that won’t stand up to scrutiny, he is that type.

  2. Any woman who is a member of the Republican Party is as much anti-woman as the Party itself is as a whole. Like any other Tea Party politician, Martinez needs to go. Come on New Mexico, vote her out.

  3. Money and Power! We should realize that’s all the Repukes care about. Why do you think they act the way they do in Congress. They don’t give a crap about the economy, poor, women and anything else that makes this country great. All they give a damn about is being in POWER. The sad thing is they don’t know how to use the power they get. They are just a bunch of selfish, bigoted, evil mongrels that someday will realize how wrong they are. I really feel sorry for the GOP women. They don’t understand that they are nothing but tokens and pawns, being used by the brain dead males. Do they really believe that these guys are willing to give up their power to anybody. Think about they think they are right and have all the answers, when in reality, they can’t see they have been the lone problem for as long as this country existed.

  4. You know this appears to be the way with many power hungry Republicans. They put their Christian virtues on display only to throw it under the bed when they NEED to get ahead, win an election and get something anyway possible.

  5. Apparently, the GOP patriarchy has once again forgotten a bit of it’s own history with women in politics…the part about Republican Women turning on them and their so-called “morality” games.
    Remember the CWTM (Christen Women’s Temperance Movement) after the 14th Amendment was put into law? The tables were turned radically on the GOP patriarchy of “good Christians” when Sabin and other wealthy republican women joined forces with the dems to over turn prohibition laws…they saw the hypocrisy of legislating “Christian values” as a way to “purify” government…funny how that piece of history goes missing whenever the evangelicals rear their ugly hydra heads bullying the US to allow them governing power; it’s seems as if their “edumakation” forgets all about that kind of “stuff” when recruiting women to their moral cause…

  6. The Republican party never seems to have learned that it’s not optics but their ideology that is the problem. Susan Martinez is just the latest of a growing number of Republican politicians hoisted on their own petards by greed, arrogance, and a complete disregard for the interests of their constituents. It’s an irony that everyone whom they considered for a run for president and vice president is ethically challenged to the point where they are too damaged to run. Republicans seem to think that those among them who are neither white nor male will be game changers in their favor. The fact that they keep losing elections, or end up with badly damaged winners, seems lost on them.

  7. Martinez has sold her soul to the devils of TeathugliKKKanism & New Mexico please vote this palinized kochpuppet out!!

  8. Martinez is a symbol of what’s wrong with the GOPTP–the party’s member’s are heavily into superficiality without substance. They think Hispanics will vote for Martinez because she’s Hispanic. They forget that there’s much more that voters look for in a politician. The GOPTP is busy blowing Ben Carson’s head up, making him think he could be POTUS. The problem is Dr. Carson wouldn’t get the votes of a majority of Black Americans because the GOPTP’s policies SUCK. Rand Paul seems to be the party’s new darling, but if he’s their nominee in 2016, he’ going down in a major way. He’s currently trying to appear to be “Mr. Moderate,” but he’s forgetting he has a record that can be examined. His record shows he’s divisive, has a stench of racism clinging to him, and isn’t very bright when it comes to politics, history, economics, foreign policy, etc. He’s all show no substance, except his desire to be POTUS, but it’s not enough. He has too many deficits, too few assets.

  9. Martinez is a symbol of what’s wrong with the GOPTP–the party’s member’s are heavily into superficiality without substance. They think Hispanics will vote for Martinez because she’s Hispanic. They forget that there’s much more that voters look for in a politician. The GOPTP is busy blowing Ben Carson’s head up, making him think he could be POTUS. The problem is Dr. Carson wouldn’t get the votes of a majority of Black Americans because the GOPTP’s policies SUCK. Rand Paul seems to be the party’s new darling, but if he’s their nominee in 2016, he’ going down in a major way. He’s currently trying to appear to be “Mr. Moderate,” but he’s forgetting he has a record that can be examined. His record shows he’s divisive, has a stench of racism clinging to him, and isn’t very bright when it comes to politics, history, economics, foreign policy, etc. He’s all show no substance, except his desire to be POTUS, but it’s not enough. He has too many deficits, too few assets.

  10. That is why we need to make certain that we CAN vote them out in November. They are acting all smug, thinking that there is no way enough Democrats show up to vote because we are lazy, freeloaders. Let us prove them wrong in November! Like here in Michigan, the state had a Democrat to lead the state and then the Bush recession happened and the loss of jobs was blamed on her. The people of my state then elected a republican because he said he would bring jobs here, well, I didn’t see any jobs coming here, except his brother-in-laws, who got massive tax breaks while money has been funneled away from our schools. We need to get rid of them, ALL OF THEM!

  11. The GOP, the old white, rich, elite republican boys club. It will never change. No matter who or what they parade out as their “new kinder republican”, any female, any minority, or any combination of both will always be just a shill, a front, a facade, a token to misdirect the focus of the old white, rich, elite republicans boys club. The club wants its power to ( RULE ) this county with an iron fist, like it did before FDR took that power away from them, That club does not allow women, or minorities in the back room where the real power rules. That club will only allow women and minorities to serve them, whether they are out front in the spotlight, or serving the old white boys their dinner and drinks. Women and minorities will ever only be servants to the Mitt Romney’s of this country. Martinez was never a rising star to the GOP, she is or was just another servant to be used until of no further use. Truth.

  12. You said “The pristine image of a sheriff’s daughter, tough prosecutor, gun lover, tax hater “patriot” who loves Americans was already shattered by in an article that revealed Martinez has as much contempt for America and Americans as any man within the Republican Party.” yet you neither mention the source nor link said “article.” Interesting. Also interesting how you forget to mention that Martinez was formerly a Democrat that turned Republican. Yeah, no bias or malicious intent here…

  13. GOP= Greedy Old Politicians! We cannot afford another four years of Susana Martinez! She’s got to go!

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