Gov. Martinez responds to controversial audio recordings published online

Posted at: 04/16/2014 9:34 AM
Updated at: 04/16/2014 4:19 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

A left-leaning political news organization on Wednesday released controversial audio recordings of Gov. Susana Martinez and her aides talking about her opponents, teachers and women.

According to Mother Jones, Martinez called her gubernatorial opponent and former New Mexico Lieutenant Governor Diane Denish "that little bitch." An aide in another recording says that former House Speaker Ben Lujan "sounds like a retard."

Mother Jones also accuses Martinez of implying that teachers earn too much money based on a recording of her saying, "they already don't work, you know, two and a half months of the year."

In an email sent this morning, Martinez said Mother Jones is "peddling false, personal attacks against (her) using stolen audiotapes from debate prep sessions four years ago."

"This tabloid is using material from the same people who are under federal indictment and investigation for stealing my personal emails. The same liberals who decry the 'War on Women' are more than happy to promote the same line of attack as those who stole my personal underwear order," Martinez wrote.

In the email, Martinez admitted to calling Denish the "B-word" during a private conversation with her advisors four years ago.