New Mexico Gov. Susana Martínez (R) attempted to badger police dispatchers after a holiday party last weekend held at a Santa Fe hotel drew a noise complaint, KOB-TV reported.
Authorities released audio on Friday of Martínez asking a dispatcher who called in the complaint. When the dispatcher says they cannot release that information, she replies, “Why can you not? It’s public record, give it to me.”
The audio also captures a conversation between the governor and a second person who will not tell her who complained about the gathering.
“Oh, you can tell the police but you won’t tell me?” Martínez says. “I’ll get it from the cops.”
Martínez is also heard asking the dispatcher where the hotel’s front desk got the information about the noise before contacting police. When the dispatcher again refuses to identify the source, she asks, “So you just sent police over to shut down a room?”
“To go to speak to individuals about a party,” he responds.
“OK, so we’re sitting there, I’m the governor of the state of New Mexico,” she tells him. “And we’re in there with my sister who is disabled along with about six other people who are having pizza.”
According to Martínez’s spokesperson, Chris Sanchez, police were alerted regarding the disturbance early Sunday morning, after an event for her and her staff members in a hotel ballroom.
“Unbeknownst to the governor, there had been complaints about noise and someone throwing what turned out to be snowballs from the balcony of that room earlier in the night while the governor was in the ballroom,” Sanchez said in a statement.
By the time police arrived, Sanchez said, the person responsible for the disturbance had left the hotel. Martínez is later heard speaking to officers on the dispatch audio, telling them, “Thank you very much, we appreciate it, there’s no necessity for your officers to be here. Call them off. Goodbye.”
Listen to the audio, as posted by KOB on Friday, below.