FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Mary Herrera Campaign (505) 877-0789Mary Herrera Responds to Unsubstantiated AccusationsSANTA FE -
I will respond to the unsubstantiated accusations I have seen in media reports made bysome former disgruntled employees.
Porn on the computer
My laptop was running slow, so I had my IT staff diagnose the problem.A malware intrusion was discovered. The IT staff wiped the laptop clean and reinstalled theoperating system and software. From this, a disgruntled employee spread the rumor about pornbeing discovered on my laptop and allegedly reported this to the FBI. After investigations, wediscovered this same employee was the first to have a malware intrusion on his desktop, whichcould have infected other computers.
Having employees campaign or prepare for social functions during state time
That is strictly
forbidden. I expect each employee to put in a full day’s work before receiving their paycheck
funded by taxpayers. Leave must be pre-approved for employees requesting time off for non-work related purposes and our office records prove this.
Pay to play” or “shaking down firms”
My staff looked into having vendors providerefreshments for a county clerk training session, which had been done for decades. (Less than$500 for drinks and snacks.) Legal counsel assured us, this practice was not illegal, but advised usto seek sponsorships from multiple vendors. Instead, I immediately put a stop to it. Is this pay toplay? It is common practice for government groups such as legislative committees, professional
organizations and associations of government officials to have “privately sponsored” dinners and
receptions. Most sponsored events cost significantly more than $500. A TV news report about a
month ago described a “privately sponsored” meeting of government officials at a cost of
Another allegation was that I requested employees to get 1,000 petition signatures for me toqualify for the ballot in the primary election
It was not required that any of my employeescollect petition signatures. If some were collected, I appreciated the assistance. I submitted over10,000 signatures to qualify for the primary ballot. Who got the signatures? I collectedapproximately 7,000 myself
– I’m a tireless worker. The rest came from family, good friends and
supporters and I am grateful to them for their assistance and continued support.Credibility of Unsubstantiated Allegations by Disgruntled EmployeesDo disgruntled employees have the credibility to discredit the reputation of an elected public official,without providing any evidence to their allegations? Should their continued antics and staged incidencesbe prominently reported by the press? Has anyone noticed the numerous incestuous associations between
this group and my opponent’s supporters, working furiously to damage my reputation?
The media has an obligation to establish the credibility of individuals making such allegations; assurethat their allegations are supported by solid evidence; and, provide fair and balanced reporting to thepublic. Have reporters established the credibility of these allegations based on solid evidence? If reporters
haven’t done their homework to determine the credibility of al
legations by disgruntled employees, theyhave contributed to the unfair character assassination of a dedicated public servant.