ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – KRQE News 13 has learned the governor was injured in a skiing accident over the weekend.
KRQE News 13 is told Gov. Susana Martinez was up in Utah when the accident happened and she injured her knee.
Now, some lawmakers are calling her out for not even being at the Roundhouse.
The governor’s office says she was in Utah attending a Republican Governors Association meeting, and the trip was paid for by RGA.
Senate Majority Whip, Democrat Michael Padilla, told KRQE News 13 she needs to come home quickly.
“We have a number of bills that we have placed on the Governor’s desk that would create jobs, that do a number of things related to broadband, the health care industry, and any number of industries that are growth industries here in New Mexico,” said Padilla.
It was Tuesday afternoon when the Governor sent a statement slamming Democrats for not getting enough done this session.
The statement said they’re not focusing on important issues and that could lead to a special session.
But Padilla said Democrats are the ones actually working in New Mexico right now and the Governor needs to do the same.
He pointed to the Utah trip. He also said the Governor went to D.C. two weeks ago.
KRQE News 13 also spoke to Republican leaders who said it’s the Democrats who are wasting time.
“We’ve spent time on the New Mexico dance and green chile cheeseburgers,” said Republican Representative Rod Montoya. “Delicious, but not sure that’s how we should be spending our time.”
As for the Governor skiing in Utah, Montoya said she gets sent one bill at a time but has to look at lots of them together when making decisions. He said she doesn’t have all the pieces yet to do that.
Tuesday night, Gov. Martinez released the following statement:
On Sunday during some downtime, I hit the slopes and took a spill. I’m getting my knee checked out in the coming days. But all is well. I thought I was a pretty decent skier, but there aren’t too many slopes in southern New Mexico….
The Democratic Party of New Mexico also sent a statement Tuesday night:
Governor Martinez has been out of town a lot lately, so she may have missed the hard work that the legislature is doing to help New Mexican families. If she’s concerned about raising the standard of living, we invite her to work with us on raising the minimum wage, early childhood education, and passing a budget that prioritizes workers. – Chairwoman Debra Haaland