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Gov. Martinez: Partier-in-chief

Gov. Martinez: Partier-in-chief

"I am the governor of the state of New Mexico... I'm sitting in there with my sister, who is disabled, and about six other people eating pizza" Susana Martinez tells 911.

Updated with statement from governor’s spokesman

KRQE-TV and New Mexico Political Report have published 911 recordings of Gov. Susana Martinez calling Santa Fe police to “call off your officers” from a loud party complaint against some of her staffers at a Santa Fe hotel.

Martinez-1In the recording, the governor appears to be intoxicated as she demands to know who called police to complain about “loud noise” at the El Dorado Hotel.

The governor demands to know why the dispatcher will not give her the name of the complainant. The governor appears to have made the call from the hotel room in question. A hotel employee reported to the governor that the room’s occupants had been warned by hotel security they were making too much noise and had to leave.

In the recording, the governor bristles when hotel personnel and 911 dispatchers won’t tell her who made the noise complaint. She also disputes a hotel employee’s account that the room’s occupants had been throwing bottles off the room’s balcony.

She demands to know who’s in charge and why three police officers were dispatched to the room.

“Why can you not. It’s public record. Give it to me!” the governor demands when the 911 dispatcher won’t tell her who made the complaint and tries to connect Martinez with his supervisor.


According to the Channel 13 report:

“The episode began with a phone call at 1:31 a.m. from the front desk at the four-star Eldorado. The front desk attendant told police she’d received several complaints from hotel guests about a fourth-floor room that had been “partying” and throwing bottles off the balcony. The attendant said hotel staff had warned the partiers and told them to leave and now wanted the guests to be kicked out….

The dispatcher, unaware that the governor was at the hotel for a holiday staff party, seems confused by the fact that the governor is on the other end of the line. The conversation continues as the governor begins a several-minute-long effort to find out what room had been complaining about the noise from here fourth-floor room.”

N.M. Gov. Susana MartinezThe episode prompted quick reaction by Martinez’s critics:

“Everyone has that one co-worker or cousin who gets a little too tipsy at the holiday party, but Gov.Martinez just took it to a whole new level,” ProgressNowNM. org wrote in an email. “When the staff of the El Dorado Hotel called Santa Fe police last weekend to evict the partiers in room 465, the partier-in-chief called 9-1-1 herself demanding to know why they were coming.

“I am the governor of the state of New Mexico… I’m sitting in there with my sister, who is disabled, and about six other people eating pizza,” Susana Martinez tells 911.

This afternoon, Chris Sanchez, the governor’s spokesman, issued this statement:

” On Saturday evening, the Governor held her annual staff holiday party in a hotel ballroom. There was a live band, food, dancing, and more than 200 guests.
“The Governor spent most of the time dancing with her husband, Chuck, and the many children who attended with their parents. Once the band wrapped up for the night and the Governor and staff helped clean up the ballroom, she and Chuck went to a staff member’s private room to eat pizza along with several other guests.
“Unbeknownst to the Governor, there had been complaints about noise and someone throwing what turned out to be snowballs from the balcony of that room earlier in the night while the governor was in the ballroom.
“While the Governor was in the hotel room, she was informed a complaint had been recently made, and was also made aware of the earlier complaints. At that time, the other guests left and the Governor went downstairs to the front desk to find out more information about the complaints and assure the hotel staff that those who had caused those issues had long ago left, and there was no longer a problem.
“While she was downstairs, she took a call from the Santa Fe Police to inquire about and respond to the complaints. The State Police detail was present with the Governor and believed the situation was under control.”
“The Governor and her family left and went home shortly thereafter. Governor Martinez regrets the way this situation was handled by her and her staff and will further address that later today.

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  • Jeff Hartzer
    December 21, 2015, 1:28 pm

    Thanks for covering this story first run at KOB tv…My wife, Debra Landau is NOT the Governor of New Mexico thank goodness but….https://youtu.be/8xwrIo8isRw

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    December 23, 2015, 7:42 pm

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  • Marylou Thurber
    March 14, 2016, 8:30 pm

    Valuable analysis – I Appreciate the analysis ! Does someone know where my assistant can locate a sample NYC RPIE-2010 Instruction copy to fill out ?

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