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Democrats assail Gov. Martinez over chopper flight

October 10, 2013 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is drawing fire from Democratic campaign challengers for flying on a state helicopter to Albuquerque to avoid missing a commercial flight to Texas to attend political fundraisers

Jim Farrell, the gubernatorial campaign manager for Attorney General Gary King, said Thursday that the governor “misused state resources to engage in prohibited campaign activity” and the Martinez campaign should reimburse the state for the helicopter flight in 2011.

The helicopter costs about $800 an hour to operate. State police provide security for the governor and usually drive her to events, including to the airport for out-of-state political Login to read more

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