Monday, March 29, 2010

Herrera vs. Espinoza

In case you missed my story Saturday about the ethics investigation Secretary of State Mary Herrera's office is conducting concerning Santa Fe County Clerk Valerie Espinoza, it's HERE.

Basically Herrera's office is checking into a citizen complaint (the citizen happens to be a Herrera contributor, but that never means anything, according to politicians) that Espinoza didn't file any campaign finance report for her short-lived campaign to challenge Herrera.

Espinoza's official response is that she collected less than the $2,500 minimum that would require a report.

I didn't reach Espinoza on Friday (called her wrong cell phone number). But she called me over the weekend.

First she said she believes the investigation is vindictiveness on the part of Herrera. Espinoza has been harshly critical of the SOS. which is why she was considering a run for office.

She also says that while she did open a bank account, she only deposited one token dollar. She says she never received any campaign contributions from others.

By the way, I did a double take when I saw that among the documents submitted with the complaint was a print-out of a post from this blog.