"... it is clear that this, my prompt resignation will allow NMFOG and all of the NMFOG volunteers to concentrate on your critical First Amendment and open government mission and avoid further distractions by an issue that has become improperly politicized," Rogers wrote.
Rogers in his letter referred to a July 2 commentary by blogger Heath Haussamen that called on Rogers to resign from the FOG board due to conflicts of interest created by Rogers serving as a Republican National Committeeman, and representing interests such as the Downs at Albuquerque while also serving on the open-government group.
The recently released emails show Rogers contacting Martinez's chief of staff Keith Gardner and deputy chief of staff Ryan Cangiolosi -- on their personal email accounts -- and sometimes others about a variety of matters, including the controversial Downs deal, other clients he represents including Motorola, which sells communication equipment to state police and Scientific Games International, which has a $7 million contract with the state Gaming Control Board to monitor gaming machines at racetrack casinos.
The emails were given to reporters by Independent Source PAC, a union-funded group that is highly critical of Martinez.
Many of these emails consisted of Rogers trying to set up meetings between his clients and the administration.
There were cases in which Rogers was trying to influence the selection of governor's appointments. He called one applicant for state engineer a "knucklehead."
And there were a number of attempts at humor, some of which Rogers probably wishes he never wrote. For instance, after Martinez appointed openly-gay Public Regulation Commission Doug Howe, Rogers wrote to Cangiolosi and the governor's political director Jay McCleskey saying, “He promised on his boyfriend’s grave he would support (Republican Commissioner) Pat Lyons for Chair, right?”
Though the emails provided a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how a prominent Republican lawyer and lobbyist worked the administration, no illegal activity was documented in the emails, which Rogers and the governor herself say were stolen.
Rogers wrote, "It has been a significant honor to represent NMFOG in court, before the Legislature and in the community. I hope NMFOG continues to perform its important work and continues to prosper and grow."
The Santa Fe Reporter this week wrote a lengthy article about the Rogers emails. You can find it HERE.
Blogger Joe Monahan posted all the emails HERE. (Warning: Have your reading glasses handy for these.)