The gatekeeper to NM’s political machine


  1. jivaro99 says:

    Excellent blog! Here’s to the next Attorney General of New Mexico. It’s about time we had someone who is honest and will go after the graft and pay for play people in our government as well as the scammers who would take our citizens hard earned money.

  2. Richard says:

    I agree with Mr. Chandler that much of NM is corrupt. Those state officers elected by the citizens who are given an oath by these officers, including Mr. Chandler, for their trust seem to feel they do not need ot obey the law. That law being that each one of them, including mr. Chandler are REQUIRED under the state constitution at Art. XXII, Sec. 19 to give a bond to hold their respective office. And at New Mexico Statute Annotated (NMSA) 10-2-9, the officers required to give a bond are barred from discharging duties of the office UNTIL they file and record the required bond. That recording is required in the office of the Sec. of State, See NMSA 10-2-5, 6, & 7 respectively.

    To date no one in that office can, or will produce the required bonds.

    And then, in addition to the aforementioned law(s), there is the following one stipulating that DA’s must have such a bond.

    NMSA 36-1-1. [Oath and bond of district attorneys] (1909)
    “Each district attorney shall, within sixty days after his election, qualify by filing in the office of the secretary of state, an oath of office as prescribed for other officers and a good and sufficient bond to be approved by a justice of the supreme court in the sum of five thousand dollars [$5,000.00].”

    I don’t beleive Mr. Chandler has one; he may want/need to look a bit closer to home, himself, when it comes to state public officials being corrupt, and NOT obeying the law while they hold the rest of us, citizens of the state, accountable to the law(s) of New Mexico.

  3. source1 says:

    Hemingway, your source that NM isn’t in the top 10 most corrupt states is cute. It doesn’t include New Mexico, Louisiana, or Illinois. If corruption isn’t a problem in NM, why do both governor candidates keep talking about it? And, to claim the fact that Matt Chandler received the State’s Top Prosecutor Award from Law Enforcement doesn’t mean much is ludicirous. The fact that I am in law enforcement, I can tell you that this award is given to ONE prosecutor a year in NM… and they better be good to get the support of law enforcement.
    Also, the song you just posted lost you any and all credibility you might have had.

    This is a very intersting point, Gary King can only come up with a handful of indictments in the most (or one of them) corrupt state’s in the nation? Time for a change, replace a career politician with a career prosecutor in the AG’s Office? Not a bad trade…

  4. Hemingway says:

    Here is the song for the Martinez campaign – It is Corruption and Money by the Kinks.

    As the New Mexican Republicans say Corruption is everywhere – it might be in the Republican party because of their close and improper ties with the oil and gas industry and the wealthy. Read the lyrics.

    (Sung by Chorus)

    We are sick and tired
    Of being promised this and that.
    We work all day, we sweat and slave
    To keep the wealthy fat.
    They fill our heads with promises
    And bamboozle us with facts,
    Then they put on false sincerity
    Then they laugh behind our backs.

    1st Chorus
    Money and Corruption
    Are ruining the land
    Crooked politicians
    Betray the working man,
    Pocketing the profits
    And treating us like sheep,
    And we’re tired of hearing promises
    That we know they’ll never keep.

    Money and Corruption
    (Etc. repeat 1st Chorus above)

    Promises, promises, all we get are promises.
    Show us a man who’ll understand us, guide us and lead us.”

    New Mexicans should remember these words at election time.

  5. tadpole says:

    We have more than an appearance of corruption here, we have an epidemic and its gotten worse and much more costly in recent years. Remember the good old days of bringing presents to the Insurance Commissioner’s mother’s “brithday party?” Much cheaper than watching our permanent funds evaporate. The embarrasing part is how amateuristic it is. The public and the press watch it unfold daily and yet we scratch our heads. Too bad the ‘ol “plausible deniability through incompetence” excuse is so bullet proof in NM. I’m not sure the Daily Beast’s study is that representative given the lack of federal presence and enforcement in the state (and Illinois and Louisiana are suspiciously absent from the list). That said, I’m sure there are some “best practices” that our local cronies could adopt if they look harder at the more “advanced” states.

  6. Hemingway says:

    Anyone who knows about real public corruption should understand the federal authorities take the lead . Here is an interesting study on “The Perception and Reality of Political Corruption in the American States”$Content/Brown+Bag/$file/kirbys+paper.pdf

    Political corruption is prevalent in all states not just in New Mexico.

  7. ched macquigg says:

    Even if you argue the culture of corruption is not real,
    you cannot deny that the perception of a culture of corruption is real.

    As is the damage is does, irrespective of the actual damages of corruption.


    Describe please; the line between an acceptable amount of public corruption and
    an unacceptable amount of public corruption.

    Why would you tolerate any at all?

  8. westernsun says:

    Daily Beast? Really? That’s a unbiased source.

    For anyone to try to argue that NM isn’t corrupt is ludicrous. Although, perhaps the Beast’s analysis has something to do with the fact that King isn’t doing his job how else could he be at it for 4 years and have such a short list of accomplishments?

    Didn’t King promise in 2006 that he’d end corruption and that the feds wouldn’t have to carry our water? Wake me up when that happens. I think this race is going to be a lot tighter than initially meets the eye. I don’t care how powerful the King legacy is.

  9. Hemingway says:

    The State Bar Prosecutors Section of the State Bar Association of New Mexico awards fellow prosecutors each year. There is an award for Prosecutor of the Year, Legal Impact Prosecutor Award, Rookie Prosecutor of the Year, Law Enforcement Prosecutor Award, and Community Service Prosecutor Award. That does not seem to be a prestigious award. No one has won twice over the years. It appears every prosecutor gets some kind of award. It would be like only investigative journalists in New Mexico handing out awards each year for : investigative journalist; impact investigative journalist; rookie investigative journalist, etc. I am glad Mr. Chandler got an award, but is it relevant? I think not!

    You can read about the award here:

  10. Dr. J says:

    The Daily Beast?? A fine,objective and unbiased source. Sorry, but all these stats are from fed arrests and convictions and have nothing to do with the AG’s office and their activities. But if you think NM is not corrupt, I am wondering where you live.

  11. NorthernPride says:

    Hemingway, the statistics that the Daily Beast is using is based on “convictions” and “arrests”. The States that are being ranked high are because they are “CONVICTING” and “ARRESTING” corrupt individuals in their States which is giving the Daily Beast numbers to provide their statistics on. We don’t have that going on in New Mexico! We need a proactive Attorney General that is not only going to indict corrupt individuals, but also hold them accountable and CONVICT them. Until then we will continue to be a state over run with corruption and nobody being held accountable.

  12. Hemingway says:

    The Daily Beast did a study on the most corrupt states. New Mexico is ranked 43rd. It was based on the following criteria:

    “Public corruption, 1998—2008: Convictions of elected and other public officials investigated by federal agents over an 11-year period, from the Department of Justice.

    •Racketeering and Extortion, 1998—2008: Code for organized crime convictions, also investigated by federal agents over an 11-year period, from the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

    •Forgery and Counterfeiting, 1999—2008: Arrest numbers for producing or distributing fake money and goods over a 10-year period, from the FBI.

    •Fraud, 1999—2008: Arrests for false statements or documents produced for personal gain over a 10-year period, from the FBI.

    •Embezzlement, 1999—2008: Arrests for surreptitious theft of money over a 10-year period, from the FBI.”

    Sorry Mr. McClenaghan and Mr. Chandler, the top ten corrupt states are:

    North Carolina
    South Carolina


  13. Dr. J says:

    Excellent analysis and insights Mr. Chandler. Mr. King is far too involved and beholden to the La Politica machines in NM to be effective, objective, or aggressive at rooting out the rampant corruption that keeps NM the banana republuic of America. We need hope and change we can believe in.