What do the governor’s post-party calls mean for her career?

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – When the governor tried to call off the cops from breaking up a holiday after party did she do damage to her political future?

Just Google the governor and you get story after story about her vice presidential prospects, but now you also get stories about that controversial phone call. KRQE News 13 spoke to a political expert about it.

“(Gov. Martinez:) Thank you very much. We appreciate it. There’s no necessary, no necessity for your officers to be here.” (Dispatcher: ) OK. (Gov. Martinez:) “Thank you. (Dispatcher:) You’re welcome. (Gov. Martinez:) “You can call them off. Goodbye.”

Listen: Original Complaint Call:

Listen to the other 911 recordings, story continues below:

Initial Santa Fe Dispatcher

Subsequent Conversation with Dispatch Supervisor:

She probably wasn’t thinking those recordings would become headline news. She can be heard pressuring hotel workers and dispatchers to tell her who’d complained about a rowdy after-party in one of her staffers’ rooms at the Eldorado following her office party at the hotel and then telling police they weren’t needed because there’s no loud party going on.

“I can’t emphasize enough my apology to New Mexicans,” said Martinez.

Apology or not, the story has been covered from coast to coast. Those stories have now replaced all the other articles about how she had emerged as a hot vice presidential pick.

UNM political science professor Gabe Sanchez thinks along with the federal investigation targeting her top advisor Jay Mcclesky, this could make the governor untouchable for a while.

“That cloud might be enough to keep her on the sidelines for Vice Presidential picks, Attorney General, things of that line, at least in this election cycle,” said Sanchez.

The governor’s office tells KRQE News 13 the office party in the Eldorado hotel ballroom cost $7,900.That comes from the governor’s budget which is state money. They say a staffer from the governor’s legal department paid for the hotel room upstairs on her own.

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