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The true Susana Martinez, in her own words. That’s the first big takeaway from today’s Mother Jones article, “Is New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez the Next Sarah Palin?”
One Republican state legislator described her tactics thusly: “Nastiness, misinformation, innuendo, and flat-out lies have created a toxic political environment.”
Just a week after Martinez released her first highly-polished campaign ad denouncing her national ambitions and promoting her warm and fuzzy side, new audio recordings from inside her 2010 campaign show the sexist, belittling and vindictive nature of the true Susana Martinez behind closed doors.
On Teachers & Hiding Her True Positions During the Campaign
Martinez told campaign staffers she would hide her opinions on teachers during the campaign, but she didn’t like teachers who “already don’t work,” referring to summer school breaks.
She then laughs with her chief campaign strategist, Jay McCleskey, about ways to avoid accusations that she hid her true anti-teacher feelings during the campaign
On Democrats as “Little Bitches” and “Little Retards”
Susana Martinez laughs and plays along as an aide calls Ben Lujan (former Speaker of the House and father of NM Congressman Ben Ray Lujan) is a “little retard”
Martinez slams her former Democratic opponent as “that little bitch.”
Reminder: Governor Martinez has actively promoted her own advocacy for her developmentally disabled sister in campaign ads, media pieces and slickly-produced profiles of her. “Retard” as a descriptor of people like her sister has long since been considered inappropriate.
Belittling Hispanic Business Group and Women’s Job Program
Belitting the Hispano Chamber of Commerce and the Commission Helping Women Learn Job Skills and Equal Pay
Martinez dismisses the role of the “Hispano Chamber of Culture, or I don’t know what the hell it was” and Commission on the Status of Women which helps women learn job skills and advocates for policies including women in the workplace.
She laughs and agrees when her campaign manager, Jay McCleskey, makes a sexist comment suggesting one of their male campaign staffers wants to run that commission to “study more women.”
Read the full article online: “Is New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez the Next Sarah Palin?”
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