State Rep blasts Gov. Susana Martinez on immigration: “Our governor … would kick you in the kidneys if she can”
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An otherwise standard news conference in front of the State Capitol Building Wednesday (Aug. 24) took an atagonistic turn when Rep. Eliseo Lee Alcon (D-Cibola and McKinley counties) attacked Gov. Susana Martinez.
Speaking off the cuff in front of supporters of a lawsuit filed against the state in reaction to Gov. Martinez’s order to review some 10,000 driver’s licenses issued since the state passed a controversial law allowing illegal immigrants to obtain New Mexico driver’s licenses, Alcon told the crowd of a few dozen, “I believe if you were lying on the ground, our governor on the fourth floor [where the Governor's Office is located] would kick you in the kidneys if she can.”
Moments later, Capitol Report New Mexico asked Alcon if he regretted what he said:
As of 3:48 p.m., no reaction from the governor’s office to the quote. But as soon as we obtain one, we’ll post it.
Update 5:20 p.m. The communications team for Martinez released this statement: “The Governor is focused on issues that matter to New Mexicans and isn’t going to respond to such an unfortunate personal attack.”
Martinez has been a harsh critic of the law, passed in 2003, that allows undocumented people to obtain a New Mexico driver’s license, saying that since New Mexico is one of just two states that allow illegal immigrants to legally drive (the other is Washington state), that New Mexico has become a magnet for improper licenses to be issued.
Supporters say overturning the law won’t do anything to really keep illegal immigrants from driving and will therefore encourage illegal workers from coming forward should they get involved in traffic accidents.
When Rep. Andy Nuñez (I-Hatch) tried to pass a bill during the legislature’s regular session earlier this year, Alcon strongly defended the current law and said that Nuñez sponsored the bill to get back at Speaker of the House Ben Luján. “The only reason you’re pushing this bill is because you’re mad at the Speaker for taking away your committee chairmanship,” Alcon said from the House floor.
As for the Wedneday news conference and the lawsuit filed against the state, click here.