Regional
9:09 am
Thu February 24, 2011

Democrats upset with governor in license dispute

KRWG News – SANTA FE, N.M. (krwg) Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is coming under criticism from Democratic lawmakers for her tactics pressuring the Legislature to stop New Mexico from granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.

Democrats in the Senate complained Wednesday that the governor's office has taped legislative committee hearings and posted video on the governor's state website along with a message urging New Mexicans to call lawmakers who've voted against the governor's license proposal.

An immigrant rights group also has asked the attorney general, secretary of state and district attorney in Santa Fe to investigate whether Martinez can use leftover campaign money to pay for radio ads urging people to call legislators about the driver's license issue.

Martinez political spokesman Danny Diaz defended the ads, saying the governor has a right to free speech.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. krwg