Dem Shunned for Ethnic Slur Given Party Leadership Role in New Mexico

Democratic Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton / AP

A Democratic lawmaker in New Mexico who angrily referred to Gov. Susana Martinez as "the Mexican on the Fourth Floor" was elected as minority whip by the party over the weekend.

Sheryl Williams Stapleton, a member of the New Mexico House of Representatives, in 2011 berated a fellow lawmaker for "carrying the water for the Mexican on the Fourth Floor," referring to Martinez, who was the first hispanic woman ever elected governor.

Stapleton previously held the role of majority whip, but lost the position in 2012 because of her comments regarding Martinez.

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The New Mexico Democrats, who lost control of the legislature in the 2014 elections, chose to give Stapleton back her role as party whip in a vote this past weekend, according to the New Mexico Telegram.

Stapleton at the time said that her comment was not meant "in a derogatory way or as an ethnic slur."

The Democratic Party of New Mexico could not be reached for comment by press time.