Tuesday, August 24, 2010

More SOS Turmoil

Secretary of State Mary Herrera’s longtime chief spokesman has been placed on paid administrative leave.

James Flores, who has been the public information officer for the Secretary of State’s Office since Herrera took office in 2007 was put on leave on Aug. 18, deputy SOS Francisco Trujillo said today.

Trujillo said he couldn’t say why Flores was put on leave. “It’s a personnel issue,” he said.

Flores is supposed to report back to work tomorrow, Trujillo said.

Immediately before the leave Flores had taken time off to attend the funerals of two family members.

Flores’ leave came in the midst of controversial news stories about the Secretary of State’s office last week.

There were television and newspaper stories about pornographic computer viruses infecting Herrera’s personal computer, as well as my column about Herrera filing public information requests to get e-mails involving some of her own staff and some of her political critics.

Flores was not on the list of employees whose e-mails Herrera wanted.

1 comment:

  1. I guarantee that Trujillo wouldn't recognize a personnel issue even if it was stuck in his own hairdo. Truth is they have placed Flores on admin. leave because they are circiling the wagons since their house of cards is in the midst of blowing away.

    Mary still isn't coming to work. She is traveling to campaign events in her state vehicle and paying for all the trips with the state fleet card. Manny Vildasol has once again exposed all of the corruption which is going on in the office and they are panicking since the election is two months away.

    Bottom line: The people of the state of NM deserve a Secretary of State who actually knows what she is doing and who actually comes to work. We deserve a chief elections officer who is beyond reproach and who will actually serve the people she is elected to serve-not just spend her days having her hair done and looking for something to pat herself on the back about in a bogus, ridiculous press release. We deserve better. We deserve someone with a brain.

    Francisco Trujillo: Your days of taking kickbacks from your contractors; taking boondoggle junkets on the state's dime in order to advance your ridiculous plan to become Secretary in 4 years is unravelling. Both you and Mary will be charged criminally. Buy a new toothbrush. You will need it where you are going.

    Heck, guys like you enjoy that sort of thing!