From the New Mexico Democratic Party website:
August 5, 2011
Chairman Javier Gonzales Requests Commissioner Jerome Block Jr.’s Resignation
Albuquerque, NM - Democratic Party of New Mexico Chairman Javier Gonzales released the following statement in light of the search of a state vehicle used by PRC Commissioner Jerome Block, Jr. and the reinstatement of charges that he misused public campaign funds:
"Today I am asking PRC Commissioner Jerome Block, Jr. to step down from his position as PRC Commissioner in light of the newest allegations of misuse of public dollars. The constant controversy from the Commissioner has become a distraction for New Mexicans. The Democratic Party strives to be a voice for transparency and integrity, and the resignation of Commissioner Block will help to usher in a way forward for New Mexico that is consistent with those ideals. "
Below is the full text of the letter sent to Jerome Block, Jr.:
August 5, 2011
Commissioner Jerome Block, Jr.
(address deleted by swt)
Espanola, NM 87532
In light of the newest allegations regarding your conduct in office, and on behalf of the Democratic Party of New Mexico, I ask you to resign your position as PRC District 3 Commissioner.
The continued distraction created by your conduct is a black eye to all Democratic officeholders and a disservice to your constituents.
The Democratic Party strives to be a voice for transparency, honesty and integrity, and your resignation will help to move forward for New Mexico in a way that is consistent with those ideals.
Again, I ask you to serve your Party in this last request and initiate the healing process which can begin immediately upon your resignation.
UPDATE: 5:30 pm: My colleague Kate Nash is reporting that Gov. Susana Martinez also is calling on Block to step down. Through a spokesman, Martinez said Block "continues to exhibit what appears to be a serious pattern of misconduct. Abusing taxpayer money and betraying the public trust raises real questions about his ability to serve the people of New Mexico."