McKinney, who called himself "just an old cowboy hippie" in an interview with The Albuquerque Journal a few years ago, said the recordings of Martinez and her staff that emerged in that Mother Jones article last week is a factor that helped lead him to the endorsement.
According to a news release:
... I am profoundly disappointed by the personal and unfair attacks launched against Gov. Martinez by those trying to divide our state along partisan, political lines. Using four-year-old audio tapes of a private conversation in which the governor curses is a cheap shot, and I stand by her because she tackled the issue head-on and refuses to allow this petty bullying and gotcha politics to distract her from focusing on the issues important to New Mexico.
McKinney also said:
"I know Gov. Martinez very well and have worked closely with her over the years on various issues, including honoring New Mexico’s veterans, helping small businesses create more jobs through increased tourism and serving the needs of our Native American communities. "
Last week Martinez launched a TV ad featuring two other Democrats endorsing her -- Las Vegas Mayor Alfonso Ortiz and former Taos Mayor Darren Cordova (who in March lost his re-election bid in a landslide.)