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‘Pizz-zah’ Sparks Fundraiser

‘Pizz-zah’ Sparks Fundraiser

'So many everyday New Mexicans have been bullied by Governor Martinez and her administration over the years' - Albuquerque Rep. Javier Martinez

party like susanaUpdated: Corrects the name of the fundraiser organizer

An Albuquerque community organizer is turning an Eldorado Hotel employee and Santa Fe dispatchers into folk heroes through a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to recognize their efforts during Gov. Susana Martinez’s “pizz-zah” party.

The campaign had raised $383 for front desk clerk Shelly Garcia and the unidentified Santa Fe dispatchers by Tuesday.

“So many everyday New Mexicans have been bullied by Governor Martinez and her administration over the years,” Javier Benavidez, head of the Southwest Organizing Project, wrote in the  introduction to the funding pitch.

Governor“But last night that bullying of a few good folks just doing their jobs was on full display. Help us send a heartfelt Christmas Thank You to Eldorado Hotel front desk clerk Shelly Garcia and the Santa Fe emergency dispatchers for enduring what they did and for not backing down against that grinch of a Governor.  We’ll make the drive to Santa Fe and deliver 100 percent of the proceeds to them directly, ” according to the site.

The Governor as Performance Art

See how New Mexicans are opening their hearts to Gov. Susana Martinez after her incident with Santa Fe police and dispatchers at the Eldorado Hotel in Santa Fe last Sunday.

In a related development, KRQE-TV Channel 13 reported that the party that led to the ruckus — including allegations the governor’s staff had thrown bottles from the hotel’s fourth-floor balcony — was paid for by taxpayers.

Martinez’s spokesman told KRQE news that her taxpayer-funded office funds paid $7,900 for the governor’s holiday gala that ended with the governor’s drunk dial to 911.

The Albuquerque Journal and New Mexico Political Report posted new audio from the incident last Sunday that shows the governor sounds “inebriated” on the tape and people at the scene state they believe she is “inebriated.” According to New Mexico Political Report:

The City of Santa Fe released additional audio from the Eldorado Hotel on December 13 involving Gov. Susana Martinez.

The audio released came from Sergeant Anthony Tapia’s belt loop recorder and features a security guard, who says he is called a security agent, speaking to the governor about the complaints.

A security agent, speaking to the police sergeant, says it is his first time dealing with such a situation in the month and a half he worked there.

“I never expected the first time it would be the governor,” the security agent said.

“I can tell she is…”

“Inebriated,” the officer finishes.

“Yes,” the security guard says.

The security agent added that he didn’t think there was just six people in Martinez’ room, but rather “quite a few” people.

That is at odds with the governor’s statement on another tape that she, her disabled sister and a few others were in the room eating pizza and drinking cokes. It also conflicts with her repeated statements after the incident that she hadn’t been drinking.

(For previous coverage of this incident, here’s a link.)


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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.

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