Saturday, March 6, 2010

King says Letter is a Public Document

Attorney General Gary King told me and other reporters Friday that his office believes a letter of resignation from the former state Elections Bureau director is public information — contrary to what the Secretary of State's Office claims.

I'm referring, of course to the "Take this job and shove it" letter from A.J. Salazar, in which Salazar reportedly accuses Secretary of State Mary Herrera of violating New Mexico's Governmental Conduct Act and election laws. The Secretary of State's Office so far has refused to hand it over to reporters (thought The Albuquerque Journal apparently got a copy from God knows hwere.)

My story about King's remarks is HERE.

My story that was published Friday is HERE.


  1. It was upsetting to read that "Madame Secretary" denied that letter to The New Mexican. I called the office's PR guy, James Flores, to register my objections. But he wasn't there, so I left a message.

    If A.J. Salazar had left behind a letter that praised "Madame Secretary," I'm sure the office would have had no problem releasing it.

    Yes, we in the media should have an agenda: Openness in government.

    David Giuliani

  2. If Attorney General King has the letter, why won't he release it? Wouldn't the same obligations that apply to Herrera, apply to King as well?

  3. Glad the AG stepped in. I've been concerned about his lack of interest in the issues of the day.

  4. It would be nice if the AG would do actually do something now that he's noted that Salazar's letter of resignation is a public document - even less likely is that he'd direct his office to investigate the allegations of criminal activities which it makes.

  5. I suppose it's only a matter of time before Madam Secretary and the Don claim the letter has been 'lost', not unlike the documents that would have absolved their enemy former Secretary of State Vigil-Giron.