By: Rachel Pulaski
Yesterday “Corrupt” N.M. State Representative and Majority House Whip Sheryl Williams Stapleton (D) openly accused another house member of “carrying the Mexican’s water.” She was referring to the current Republican Hispanic Governor Susana Martinez who I would consider a “Nikki Haley” of New Mexico. So there has been no word of ethics hearings but Republicans are asking for the Majority House Whip to step down (good luck with that). The Daily Caller and Capitol Report New Mexico reported the incident:
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During a break in Wednesday’s Legislative Education Study Committee, Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton (D-Albuquerque) angrily confronted Rep. Nora Espinoza (R-Roswell), shouting “Don’t mess with me” and accusing Espinoza of “carrying the Mexican’s water on the fourth floor,” referring to Gov. Susana Martinez. “I’m pissed,” Stapleton said as she confronted Espinoza during a lunch break at the committee meeting, “I’ve been waiting for you.” Espinoza got a few words in before Stapleton said, “You said I’m corrupt. Prove it!”
We all know this behavior would never be tolerated from the Republicans but this will probably be swept under the rug since Stapleton said she didn’t mean it. Don’t worry though because the N.M. DNC is really going to come down hard on her. Javier Gonzales, “Corrupt” Chairman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico had this to say to Capital Report New Mexico:
Using race like this is never right under any circumstances. The comment is regrettable, and I hope the Representative refrains from using it in the future.”
Stapleton is a Democrat and they have controlled the house in N.M. for thirty years and the state elections for 80 years. The fact remains, the Governor of New Mexico is a Hispanic Republican who was endorsed by Sarah Palin in the 2010 elections and that does not sit well with the Dems in New Mexico.