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Martinez hits some turbulence with state plane fiasco

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By Jay Miller

SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration has been taken to task for misuse of a state airplane. The basics of the situation sound reasonable for the state to have undertaken.
A production crew shooting a pilot for at TV series was stuck in Las Vegas, N.M., and needed to take a look at the Cumbres and Toltec Railroad in Chama.
They called the head of the state film office who offered to get a state plane to fly them up. She checked with the state transportation director, two cabinet secretaries, two top state lawyers and the governor’s office.
Reportedly all felt it was a legitimate usage to further the business of the state. That doesn’t sound bad at all. I can believe it has been done by previous administrations, including the most recent one.
So why did KRQE-TV feel this situation was important enough to send investigative reporter Larry Barker to look into what happened?
Susana Martinez ran on a platform of cleaning up corruption in Santa Fe. So did some of her primary opponents. She also was tough on the film industry and thought it got too many perks.
If Martinez had heard of the Richardson Administration doing such a thing, she would have blamed it on the corrupt Richardson-Denish administration.


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