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Democratic Lawmaker Calls GOP Gov. Martinez
‘The Mexican’


All class: A Democratic state lawmaker in New Mexico allegedly refers to GOP governor Suzana Martinez as “the Mexican on the Fourth Floor.”

A Republican legislator said she was verbally assailed by House Majority Whip Sheryl Williams Stapleton during a committee break at the Capitol on Wednesday and that the Democratic leader angrily referred to Gov. Susana Martinez as “the Mexican on the Fourth Floor.”

Rep. Nora Espinoza, R-Roswell, said Stapleton accused her of publicly questioning her (Stapleton’s) integrity during a recent controversy involving Albuquerque Public Schools, where Stapleton works as an administrator while also serving in the Legislature.

” ‘You’re carrying the water for the Mexican on the Fourth Floor,’ ” Espinoza quoted Stapleton as saying, referring to the controversy and the Republican governor.

“She said it three times right there” during a lunch break of the Legislative Education Study Committee, Espinoza said.

Stapleton acknowledged confronting Espinoza on the integrity issue, then making the remark about the governor, but she said she did not mean it in a derogatory way or as an ethnic slur.

Ah. She didn’t mean to assert that the governor wasn’t an American in a derogatory way.

Tags: Suzana Martinez


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