AG aide: Martinez’s copter flight didn’t break law

February 11, 2014 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez didn’t break the law when she took a ride on a State Police helicopter to avoid missing a commercial flight to attend political fundraisers in Texas in 2011, a top official in the New Mexico attorney general’s office has concluded.

However, general counsel David Pederson says it would seem “highly appropriate” for Martinez, her campaign or the Republican Governors Association to reimburse the state the $800 that the flight cost taxpayers because it was “a convenience afforded her that would not be available to the average citizen or public official, even if no law was broken.”

Martinez, who criticized her Democratic predecessor’s use of government aircraft and called a state jet the “ultimate symbol of waste and excess,” Login to read more

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