SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democrats called Wednesday for Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to apologize after a liberal publication released recordings in which she and aides used profanity and offensive names to describe political opponents.
The governor, who's seeking re-election this year and is viewed as a possible rising star in national GOP ranks, also came under fire for making critical remarks about public school teachers while telling aides that it was a view that couldn't be expressed publicly during her campaign.
"Governor Martinez and her aides' comments are inexcusable. We have clear proof of her intent to deceive voters and her disdain for anyone who has differing views," said Lawrence Rael, one of the five Democrats running for governor in the June primary election.