Regional
8:45 pm
Sat January 1, 2011

Martinez Catches Speech Stumble

New Mexico – Gov. Susana Martinez stumbled over a passage in her inaugural speech and laughed when she immediately caught the verbal slip-up.

Martinez, a career prosecutor, inadvertently said "lawmakers" rather than "lawbreakers."

In pledging to enforce tough ethnical standards during her administration, Martinez said: "Lawmakers will have no stronger adversary."

But when she finished the sentence, she realized the mistake. She apologized, chuckled and repeated the sentence correctly, saying: "Lawbreakers will have no stronger adversary."

In her speech on Saturday, the Republican governor appealed for unity and a bipartisan approach to New Mexico's problems.

Democrats hold majorities in both chambers of the Legislature.


Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.