New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez responded to a critical piece about her 2010 campaign published in left-wing magazine Mother Jones, the Washington Examiner reports.
Martinez said in a statement:
Today, an extreme left-wing blog posted four-year-old material from private conversations undoubtedly sent to them by individuals or their allies who are either under federal indictment, or have had their homes raided by the FBI for their role in stealing or distributing Gov. Susana Martinez's email. That the national Left is trying to smear the first Hispanic woman governor in American history because they view her as a threat is about as surprising as the National Enquirer reporting that Elvis is still alive.
Yes, the governor used salty language in a private conversation four years ago with close advisers and will pay the appropriate penalty to the cuss jar. Martinez will not be distracted by cheap political attacks and will remain focused on continuing to move New Mexico forward.
The Mother Jones piece included a number of unflattering anecdotes about Martinez and in some instances twisted her words to shed negative light on the governor. The Washington Examiner’s Byron York writes:
In two of those instances, Mother Jones shaped her words in the article to shade their meaning against Martinez. And in the third, Martinez was heard calling her opponent a "b—-," which Mother Jones apparently found somewhat momentous.