Martinez used state helicopter on trip to aid GOP

October 9, 2013 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, who criticized her Democratic predecessor’s use of government aircraft and called a state jet the “ultimate symbol of waste and excess,” hopped on a state-owned helicopter to avoid missing an airline flight to attend political fundraisers in Texas.

The governor’s spokesman, Enrique Knell, said Martinez used the state police helicopter on Nov. 15, 2011, because it allowed her to attend a meeting of the state Board of Finance that ran late into the afternoon.

“It would have been by state car, if the meeting hadn’t lasted so long,” Knell said in a statement.

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