Video: Old recording reveals GOP governor questioned policy, used salty language

posted at 10:31 am on April 17, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

“So many people thought they knew the governor,” Mother Jones reporter Andy Kroll told KOAT in Albuquerque, “and then went on to govern in a different way.” Er, she did? Susana Martinez has a 52% approval rating in New Mexico, according to PPP, and her re-elect polling has her with double-digit leads, according to RCP. Mother Jones wants to change all that by suggesting that Martinez is the next Sarah Palin, only with an extended vocabulary:

Here’s the MJ brief against Martinez, which argues that she’s foul-mouthed and hostile to women and Hispanics … which of course, she is herself in both cases:

During an October 2010 campaign conference call, Martinez said she’d met a woman who worked for the state’s Commission on the Status of Women, a panel created in 1973 to improve health, pay equity, and safety for women.

“What the hell is that?” she asked.

“I don’t know what the fuck they do,” replied her deputy campaign manager, Matt Kennicott.

“What the hell does a commission on women’s cabinet do all day long?” Martinez asked.

“I think [deputy campaign operations director Matt] Stackpole wants to be the director of that so he can study more women,” Kennicott said.

“Well, we have to do what we have to do,” McCleskey chimed in, as Martinez burst out laughing. (As governor, she would line-item veto the commission’s entire budget.)

Yes — which was noted at the time, too. Oh, and she also questioned whether teachers got paid too much in relation to other public-sector employees:

The campaign emails and audio recordings also show how Martinez and her team strategized to maintain her straight-shooting image while avoiding actually being up-front with the public. Throughout the campaign, Martinez praised teachers and insisted she’d “hold harmless” funding for public education. In private, Martinez implied teachers earned too much: “During the campaign, we can’t say it, I guess, because it’s education, but…they already don’t work, you know, two and a half months out of the year.” She and McCleskey acknowledged that cuts to education could well be necessary, so her aides plotted about how to respond if they were ever called out for it once elected: “Put up a YouTube video that no one will ever see where you talk about making everyone feel the pain,” McCleskey suggested. “And when you win, we say, ‘See, we said this shit the whole time. What are you guys talking about?’”

“It’s on YouTube,” Kennicott said. “C’mon, bitches.”

Yes, I’m sure that in private, lots of people say things, suggest ideas, and make jokes that they wouldn’t make in public. And? What about teachers’ salaries — which are public policy — makes them so sacrosanct that public officials can’t even question them in private? It seems to me that we elect public officials to act as stewards of public funds, not as high priests and priestesses for the Church Of The Public Employee, where private questions and scrutiny require public beatings.

Martinez responded by raising $15,000 the same day off of the news. She later pledged to hit the “cuss jar,” and otherwise ignore Mother Jones and their smear campaign. Matt Lewis writes that Mother Jones may be right about Palinization, but clueless about the fact that this speaks to them and not Martinez:

Indeed, there does seem to be a parallel with Palin. But it goes something like this: Just like the former Alaska governor, Gov. Martinez can be seen as a real threat to a liberal movement that has often hitched its electoral future to the “GOP war on women” narrative. (And as a Mexican-American Latina, Martinez may be viewed as an even greater danger.)

And just as a sort of Palin derangement syndrome led to all sorts of crazy antics — from Trig Trutherism to hacking her email — it’s not all that difficult to see this Mother Jones article as a harbinger of things to come.

Mother Jones actually did Martinez a big favor. They’ve raised her profile, and the attack will bring a lot more support from the national grassroots than Martinez may otherwise have attracted. By targeting her, they’ve also increased her credibility as a national figure. Assuming she wins re-election — and this little firecracker popped way too early to affect her chances in New Mexico — she’s going to get plenty of attention for the 2016 cycle now.


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notashamed on April 17, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Salty?

Isn’t that banned in New York?

BobMbx on April 17, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Come on new trolls. Tell us where we’re wrong!

22044 on April 17, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Democrats never swear. So just what is MJ trying to prove here?

major dad on April 17, 2014 at 10:38 AM

I’ll bet Hitlery can out-curse a rapper’s convention…

viking01 on April 17, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Deep down..democrats really think very little of women. Or gays. Or blacks. Or hispanics. Or the poor.

HumpBot Salvation on April 17, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Mother Jones’ War on Women.

Bitter Clinger on April 17, 2014 at 10:39 AM

This ain’t gonna play outside progville.

The reason it worked on Palin was because the gen pop couldn’t rationalize her background and hotness with career, let alone veep, so it made her suspect.

budfox on April 17, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Stupid f’ing article

jake-the-goose on April 17, 2014 at 10:40 AM

OMG, she used the ‘b’ word. Hillary Clinton has a mouth on her like a drunken sailor (apologies to drunken sailors), but no problem, right libidiots?

Southern Magnolia on April 17, 2014 at 10:41 AM

To Hell with “Mother Jones”.

rplat on April 17, 2014 at 10:41 AM

“I think [deputy campaign operations director Matt] Stackpole wants to be the director of that so he can study more women,” Kennicott said.

Not sure if that’s a joke or just an observation.

Fenris on April 17, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Unm… Is mother jones saying she’s too bossy? That women shouldn’t use the same language as men?

Seems kinda sexist to me…

Skywise on April 17, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Mother Jones actually did Martinez a big favor. They’ve raised her profile, and the attack will bring a lot more support from the national grassroots than Martinez may otherwise have attracted. By targeting her, they’ve also increased her credibility as a national figure. Assuming she wins re-election — and this little firecracker popped way too early to affect her chances in New Mexico — she’s going to get plenty of attention for the 2016 cycle now.

Indeed. I already liked her at the 2012 convention. I’d love to see this woman go up against Hillary. Not only would we trump the Democrats on identity politics, but we’d do it with a popular conservative governor.

Caiwyn on April 17, 2014 at 10:43 AM

I hope Annfrom CA makes a reappearence. She could always stir things up without breaking a sweat. Truly an artist.

butch on April 17, 2014 at 10:45 AM

She asked what that commission did all day long.

She apparently did not get a satisfactory answer because she then used her line item veto to cut the commission’s funding.

Martinez 2016!

I guess Mother Jones is offended because liberals think the commission’s mere existence is worth the tax dollars allocated for it. Nothing ever has to actually get done.

Grammar Nazi on April 17, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Good. This should coalesce enough people so she becomes the what I always felt was the no brainer VP pick. Thanks, Mother Jones!

cdog0613 on April 17, 2014 at 10:48 AM

I’d just as soon listen to Mother Goose.

Dongemaharu on April 17, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Mother Jones clutching her pearls.

Mr. D on April 17, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Would love to see the video the LA Times is holding.

Ben Hur on April 17, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Is New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez the Next Sarah Palin?
Petty. Vindictive. Weak on policy.

Uh, I think Mother Jones is a little confused. If Gov. Martinez is petty, vindictive, and weak on policy, she’d be the next Barack Obama.

Doughboy on April 17, 2014 at 10:50 AM

This ain’t gonna play outside progville.

The reason it worked on Palin was because the gen pop couldn’t rationalize her background and hotness with career, let alone veep, so it made her suspect.

budfox on April 17, 2014 at 10:40 AM

I would say the Reason it worked on Palin was because McCain’s
Team didn’t do one Fu*king thing to DEFEND HER.They threw her
to the wolves, and everyone Piled on. Eff them!

I like Martinez even more after reading this article. She
questions STUPIDITY. So she swears…show me her being CORRUPT,
and I’ll quit backing ,and defending her…

ToddPA on April 17, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Weren’t some of Eric the Red’s Fast & Furious® suppliers in NM?

Akzed on April 17, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Liberals pervert everything they touch especially the truth.

crosshugger on April 17, 2014 at 10:50 AM

What the hell does (insert any government program here) do? Is a question governors should be asking.

forest on April 17, 2014 at 10:51 AM

With regard to Martinez swearing, does the left really wanna go there? The rumored foul-mouthed outbursts by Hillary when she was First Lady are legendary.

Doughboy on April 17, 2014 at 10:52 AM

We already knew she might swear a little — did it right in her speech in 2012 at the RNC. Remember?

And I don’t say that just because a Democrat is in the White House. I was a Democrat for many years. So were my parents.

Before I ran for District Attorney, two Republicans invited my husband and me to lunch. And I knew a party-switch was exactly what they wanted.

So, I told Chuck, we’ll be polite, enjoy a free lunch and then say goodbye.

But we talked about issues-they never used the words Republican, or Democrat, conservative or liberal.
We talked about many issues, like welfare – is it a way of life, or a hand-up?

Talked about the size of government — how much should it tax families and small businesses?

And when we left that lunch, we got in the car and I looked over at Chuck and said, “I’ll be damned, we’re Republicans.

Mr. D on April 17, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Bad move, lefties. Martinez is untouchable on a national scale. Her speech to the RNC was great, but nothing compared to her job performance as governor.

Elevating her to the presidential sweepstakes is the worst mistake they could have made.

KingGold on April 17, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Sounds like a sensible woman and governor to me.

Pincher Martin on April 17, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Maybe Governor Martinez wanted to eliminate the “women’s dept” because she KNOWS women are equal to men and don’t need a condescending bureaucracy to keep telling women they’re victims.

As if other leftist feminist democrat females don’t cuss once in a while!

MN J on April 17, 2014 at 10:54 AM

So, the lefties fear her? Interesting.

theCork on April 17, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Was this supposed to be a disparaging article? I like her even more!

Ellis on April 17, 2014 at 10:59 AM

“What the hell does a commission on women’s cabinet do all day long?” Martinez asked.

***

“Well, we have to do what we have to do,” McCleskey chimed in, as Martinez burst out laughing. (As governor, she would line-item veto the commission’s entire budget.)

What am I missing? This is exactly what I want from a governor. If she loses, can she move to Ohio and run here?

BuckeyeSam on April 17, 2014 at 10:59 AM

The response form Martinez’s office was spot on.

changer1701 on April 17, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Woman? Check.
Hispanic? Check.
Republican? Check.
Threat to progressive worldview and power? Check.

Time to drag her through the mud. Surprised it took this long.

NY2SC on April 17, 2014 at 11:00 AM

This lady can speak in complete sentences and sounds tough. She’s no Palin.

antisense on April 17, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Susannah would make a fine VP!

AnnaS on April 17, 2014 at 11:02 AM

antisense on April 17, 2014 at 11:02 AM

jerk.

MontanaMmmm on April 17, 2014 at 11:06 AM

This is sexist. I don’t see people complaining about how male politicians swear.

portlandon on April 17, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Some of the male GOPers could use a blood transfusion from her.

Cleombrotus on April 17, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Any Kroll (pronounced “krawl”) refuses to divulge the source of the audio. There is no video to support the audio. Yet we are supposed to believe a far left liberal-Democrat support structure like Mother Jones…. fcuk that!
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Oh, I’m sorry! Too salty? Rahm Emmanuel approves!

ExpressoBold on April 17, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Deep down..democrats really think very little of women. Or gays. Or blacks. Or hispanics. Or the poor.

HumpBot Salvation on April 17, 2014 at 10:38 AM

That’s the thing about abandoning all your principles and values for stuff. The ones giving the stuff have more respect for dogs than they do to those who sell out so easily.

Happy Nomad on April 17, 2014 at 11:09 AM

This just after our last Governor was run out of the Presidential primaries because of his affair and it’s cover-up. And the FEC investigation that suddenly disappeared. $200,000,000 for a Space-port-to-nowhere. $600,000,000 for a white elephant commuter train. Busted budget. Impending bankruptcy doom from our public pension scheme that our Democrat dominated NM State legislature has never actually funded. All this thanks to Bill Richardson and the Democrap party.

And mother jones is upset she used the f word?

oldroy on April 17, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Mother Jones actually did Martinez a big favor. They’ve raised her profile

Not my much.

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Akzed on April 17, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Southern Magnolia on April 17, 2014 at 10:41 AM

I see you remembered your password!!!

bimmcorp on April 17, 2014 at 11:11 AM

‘Mother’ Jones? Doesn’t that Lefty Rag push for more abortions, not fewer? Oxymoron, or just plain hypocrisy?

vnvet on April 17, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Susannah would make a fine VP!

AnnaS on April 17, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Fixed it for you.

KingGold on April 17, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Martinez said she’d met a woman who worked for the state’s Commission on the Status of Women, a panel created in 1973 to improve health, pay equity, and safety for women.

“What the hell is that?” she asked.

That’s some red meat right there, folks. Martinez 2016!

Common Sense Floridian on April 17, 2014 at 11:13 AM

I am really starting to like her. Another dark horse: Brian Sandoval?

antisense on April 17, 2014 at 11:14 AM

We currently have a president who was said to be an eloquent, passionate orator (with a teleprompter).

The media trumpeted that people would “faint in the aisles” at the sound of his voice.

Given how that’s worked out, I’m going to go with “salty” this time.

The more I hear about Governor Martinez, the more I like.

Marcus Traianus on April 17, 2014 at 11:14 AM

It’a all a pattern. You’ve got Walker in Wis. with the charges against him, Perry in Texas with new charges against him in the same County that took down Delay, and now Martinez… Looks like they are systematically trying to take out potential Republican candidates…. Scared much are they?

sandee on April 17, 2014 at 11:16 AM

The more I hear about Governor Martinez, the more I like.

Marcus Traianus on April 17, 2014 at 11:14 AM

She needs better staff. And as bad as the National Republican Party is, the NM Republican party is worse.

oldroy on April 17, 2014 at 11:16 AM

With regard to Martinez swearing, does the left really wanna go there? The rumored foul-mouthed outbursts by Hillary when she was First Lady are legendary.

Doughboy on April 17, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Assistant Sec of State Victoria Nuland is also no shrinking violet when it comes to the f word.

butch on April 17, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Hell, I love salty women. And, every now and again, a Salty Dog.

TXUS on April 17, 2014 at 11:18 AM

I hope Annfrom CA makes a reappearence. She could always stir things up without breaking a sweat. Truly an artist.

butch on April 17, 2014 at 10:45 AM

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Are you talking about AnnInCA? She was a robot and she never made any sense yet she would keep posting the same senseless drivel, thread after thread after thread. Any sensible comment was countered by AnnInCA’s senseless drivel. I swear was paid by the word letter.

ExpressoBold on April 17, 2014 at 11:19 AM

I am really starting to like her. Another dark horse: Brian Sandoval?

antisense on April 17, 2014 at 11:14 AM

I’d much rather see Sandoval boot Harry Reid out of the Senate.

And, sadly, Sandoval’s pro-choice. Even if he converted before the primaries, that’s a nonstarter.

KingGold on April 17, 2014 at 11:21 AM

So, the lefties fear her? Interesting.

theCork on April 17, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Leftists have been diligently working on smearing every Republican who has been given the slightest mention of being a potential rising “star”…
ever since November 7, 2012.
Any *R* name that has been bandied about in connection with 2016, has already been a target for quite some time.
If you ask me, they like to gin-up the hate early and often….and don’t leave anyone out.

lynncgb on April 17, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Reading the article made me happy because it suggests she’s likelier to run than was apparent.

Mister Mets on April 17, 2014 at 11:32 AM

She used salty language?

Next thing you know they will accuse her of being Bossy!

reliapundit on April 17, 2014 at 11:34 AM

It’a all a pattern. You’ve got Walker in Wis. with the charges against him, Perry in Texas with new charges against him in the same County that took down Delay, and now Martinez… Looks like they are systematically trying to take out potential Republican candidates…. Scared much are they?

sandee on April 17, 2014 at 11:16 AM

The only thing that scares me anymore in the political arena
is Republicans who DO NOT GET THIS!

WAKE THE EFF UP!!! These poeple are parasites, who will do
everything to destroy you. You have two choices,
Either Fight, of get destroyed. Why is this so hard for
people to grasp????????????????

ToddPA on April 17, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Carson/Martinez 2016. Shove it in the faces of the race-baiters.

John the Libertarian on April 17, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Many good parts to her RNCC speech in 2012. But the cutest came when she recounted how little girls would come up to her and ask whether she was “Governor Susanna.” I want women like her, and I want little girls emulating her.

BuckeyeSam on April 17, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Carson/Martinez 2016. Shove it in the faces of the race-baiters.

John the Libertarian on April 17, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Cruz/Martinez 2016 vs. Clinton/Cuomo 2016

oldroy on April 17, 2014 at 11:39 AM

ExpressoBold on April 17, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Didn’t AnnInCA end up having or choosing to move to Texas? If so, maybe she’s converted and now she’s trolling on liberal sites.

BuckeyeSam on April 17, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Leave it to Mother Jones’ reporter to miss the obvious. It is refreshing for a person new to governing to question the purpose of the myriad of agencies and commissions that dot the bureaucratic landscape. Most Milk Commissions or Milk Marketing Boards were established during the height of the Great Depression yet they still exist…why? And for what purpose? In my home state we have a Human Rights Council, Commission for the Arts (really?), Autism Advisory Council, Housing Commission and a myriad of useless commissions and councils that cost money to support but could be easily absorbed in other agencies. WE need more public officials to ask, “What do they do and why are we funding it?”

stop2think on April 17, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Martinez is the next Sarah Palin

Wouldn’t she have to QUIT something first?

nottakingsides on April 17, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Carson/Martinez 2016. Shove it in the faces of the race-baiters.

John the Libertarian on April 17, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Cruz/Martinez 2016 vs. Clinton/Cuomo 2016

oldroy on April 17, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Either ticket is better than what we have in the WH now, or any ticket the dems come up with. They’d get my vote.

hawkeye54 on April 17, 2014 at 11:42 AM

This tape just made me like her better.

And – the left loves to stalk people in private, don’t they?

johnboy on April 17, 2014 at 11:43 AM

I want women like her, and I want little girls emulating her.

BuckeyeSam on April 17, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Ditto that.

hawkeye54 on April 17, 2014 at 11:43 AM

I don’t know what to conclusion to draw from this other than that Democrats hate brown people, especially brown women.

crrr6 on April 17, 2014 at 11:45 AM

I don’t know what to conclusion to draw from this other than that Democrats hate brown people, especially brown women.

crrr6 on April 17, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Only those that don’t know their place should be in the dem party, and even then.

hawkeye54 on April 17, 2014 at 11:50 AM

They fear her potential…

d1carter on April 17, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Martinez is a lock for VP candidate in ’16.

Governor, Latina, swing state of NM, and more.

The real challenge is who shall be her running mate.

islandman78 on April 17, 2014 at 11:51 AM

First Christie, now Martinez.

The war on Hillary’s competitors is in full swing.

PattyJ on April 17, 2014 at 11:52 AM

This tape just made me like her better.

And – the left loves to stalk people in private, don’t they?

johnboy on April 17, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Sure do. If they can politically profit from airing whatever is recorded being said or observed in private, so be it, especially if it happens to be a high profile GOP pol.

hawkeye54 on April 17, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Martinez is the next Sarah Palin

Wouldn’t she have to QUIT something first?

nottakingsides on April 17, 2014 at 11:42 AM

If Sh*tforBrains Leftists such as yourself flock to
her State, and file frivoluos ethics complaints against
her, one after another, because your Lives are so pathetic,
then yes, she may Quit.

BTW, nice of you to bring that up, instead of PALIN’S RECORD
as Governor…COME ON OUT LOSERS…the water’s warm…

ToddPA on April 17, 2014 at 11:54 AM

I like my governor.
I have my reservations as
She folded kind of quick on
The obamacare exchanges
But all in all good so far.

-Wasteland Man.

WastelandMan on April 17, 2014 at 11:54 AM

The MJ “journalist” just got a bonus from Hillary’s super PAC.

Tater Salad on April 17, 2014 at 11:55 AM

The left keeps doing this because it keeps working.

Laura on April 17, 2014 at 11:55 AM

The Horror! – Mother Jones needs to get a life.

46blitz on April 17, 2014 at 11:56 AM

The real hit wasn’t on what she said, it was the comparison to Palin.

Tater Salad on April 17, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Haha!!! She makes fun of them and then proceeds to eliminate their budget!!!

JAGonzo on April 17, 2014 at 12:05 PM

This is going to backfire. The realize why “Palinizatin” worked with Palin because she reinforced some of the questions about her with her interviews. Martinez is great and comes across as extremely intelligent in just about every setting: interviews, town halls, debates, etc.

They think all GOP women are the same and they can use the same tactic on all of them, but they’re in for a rude awakening.

GOPRanknFile on April 17, 2014 at 12:11 PM

To Hell with “Mother Jones”.

rplat on April 17, 2014 at 10:41 AM

“What the hell does a Mother Jones do all day?”

Nutstuyu on April 17, 2014 at 12:28 PM

To Hell with “Mother Jones”.

rplat on April 17, 2014 at 10:41 AM

“What the hell does a Mother Jones do all day?”

Nutstuyu on April 17, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Well, according to a condensed version of its mission statement: Do politically left-leaning news reporting on politics, the environment, human rights, and culture and produce revelatory journalism that in its power and reach informs and inspires a more just and democratic world.

hawkeye54 on April 17, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Time to drag her through the mud. Surprised it took this long.

NY2SC on April 17, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Yes, Mother Jones has joined the war on women it seems–conservative women of course.

KW64 on April 17, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Because of the “salty’ language Palin is not really known for, I think in this case the term should be “Bidenized”, although of course in idiot Joe’s case it’s no big f*ck*ng deal by comparison to the media and PDS sufferers.

otlset on April 17, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Ramirez can be “nasty, juvenile and vindictive…”

What exactly does that make Mother Jones?

applebutter on April 17, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Martinez. Not Ramirez. He’s probably nasty and vindictive too.

applebutter on April 17, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Oh please… this is New Mexico, Land of corruption.

Believe me, this will only have traction within the progressive Anglo voters.

Wendya on April 17, 2014 at 12:59 PM

ToddPA on April 17, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Palin is a quitter, kid. Truth must hurt.

she may Quit.

And if she does, she would be “the next Palin”, huh?

nottakingsides on April 17, 2014 at 1:03 PM

I’ll vote for her again just because I got so sick of seeing Richardson’s ugly mug everywhere. Martinez just does her job and seems to be doing a pretty good job.

She seems pretty low key, I don’t know if she’d be ready to throw her hat in for president. But I think she’d do great as VP.

MC88 on April 17, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Palin is a quitter, kid. Truth must hurt.

she may Quit.

And if she does, she would be “the next Palin”, huh?

nottakingsides on April 17, 2014 at 1:03 PM

So you’re a true blue Ends Justifies the means individual,
are you??

Well good for you!! Let me ask you this:

You are for politicians holding on to their office no
matter what the circumstances they face?? POWER
is everything in your world…..do everyone a favor KID,
don’t vote, your Stupidity is like a Cancer on our Nation…

ToddPA on April 17, 2014 at 1:26 PM

That ain’t nothin’. You should have heard my little, not-even-five-foot grandma swear a blue streak. Funniest thing I ever heard as a child. She was a tough little thing. During the depression, she peeled and sold birch bark to earn money for school shoes for her seven kids. Meh.

I like Martinez even more, now. BTW – What the hell does a commission on women’s cabinet actually accomplish? I’m guessing, not much.

Fallon on April 17, 2014 at 1:34 PM

I love it when you talk dirty. Democrats war on women commences.

Herb on April 17, 2014 at 2:04 PM

During an October 2010 campaign conference call, Martinez said she’d met a woman who worked for the state’s Commission on the Status of Women, a panel created in 1973 to improve health, pay equity, and safety for women.
“What the hell is that?” she asked.
“I don’t know what the fuck they do,” replied her deputy campaign manager, Matt Kennicott.
“What the hell does a commission on women’s cabinet do all day long?” Martinez asked.
“I think [deputy campaign operations director Matt] Stackpole wants to be the director of that so he can study more women,” Kennicott said.
“Well, we have to do what we have to do,” McCleskey chimed in, as Martinez burst out laughing. (As governor, she would line-item veto the commission’s entire budget.)

If the transcript of what she says is correct, the worst swear word she says is “hell.” And for some people, hell isn’t a swear word.

If that’s all Mother Jones has on her…they’ve got nothing.

P.S. If you notice, her deputy campaign manager, Matt Kennicott, drops the F bomb but that doesn’t bother Mother Jones…

Conservative Samizdat on April 17, 2014 at 2:06 PM

By targeting her, they’ve also increased her credibility as a national figure. Assuming she wins re-election — and this little firecracker popped way too early to affect her chances in New Mexico — she’s going to get plenty of attention for the 2016 cycle now.

Good, she will make a fine POTUS or VPOTUS.

rukiddingme on April 17, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Outside pols and urban libs will never understand the rest of us folks in hardworking rural Southwest areas like much of NM. This isn’t a problem for most of the farmers, ranchers, and oil workers in this state. Heck, her language is actually rather mild compared to what you’ll hear around here.

As to questioning why agencies exist and how much they are paid–why to you think she got voted into office? Folks here in NM are tired of decades of corrupt Dem rule and the national laughing stock Santa Fe politics have become. You go, Susana–keep asking those questions!

Now, if we just can manage to give her a Republican majority to work with in Santa Fe, maybe we can finally clean our bureaucratic house and actually get some real changes done.

NuMex on April 17, 2014 at 2:50 PM

For perspective, it was Mother Jones that tried to bury Palin with the FOI demand for the 12,000 e-mails, causing the world press to make the haj to Juneau and make a complete fool of itself.

cbenoistd on April 17, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Foul in D-latrines fits right in.

A bit colorful language in Rs is heresy.

Go to Hell, hypocrites.

Schadenfreude on April 17, 2014 at 2:54 PM

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