The allegations that have surfaced against New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Secretary Demesia Padilla are serious and troubling.
But also troubling is the public response by Gov. Susana Martinez’s office.
An anonymous person reached out to the state Auditor’s Office to allege that Padilla might have improperly influenced a tax audit of a former client. Specifically, Padilla is being accused of helping the former unidentified client to protect herself from liability and of influencing or pressuring tax employees to help benefit the former client.