A hotel party attended by Gov. Susana Martinez in Santa Fe last weekend was apparently a rowdy affair. No arrests were made, but a spokesman for the city of Santa Fe says police officers met with the governor and officials at the Eldorado Hotel in the wee hours of Sunday morning.
"Tell me what the complaint is," Martinez says.
The dispatcher responds that there was a complaint for loud noise.
"Loud noise? We are in a room eating pizza," the governor says.
"I'm sorry, someone called us out there and we have to go," the dispatcher continues.
"Someone. Who is someone?" Martinez interrupts.
"I can't give you that information, ma'am."
"Why can you not? It is public record. Give it to me," she says.
City spokesman Matt Ross says that police were called out to the hotel after 1 am because the dispatch center received a call from the hotel "that there was a party going on in a room and that someone had complained about bottles being thrown out of a window or off of a balcony, and they were asked to come out and check it out."
But after talking with the hotel security, state police who were also in the lobby and the governor herself, the officers felt the matter was resolved, Ross tells SFR.
"After talking with hotel staff staff and being assured by hotel security and staff that the situation had been addressed internally before the police were there and that everything was taken care of, that everything was under control, that there was not an ongoing disturbance," and after investigating the perimeter of the building for broken glass and finding none, he says, "They left without any further steps being taken."
Ross said no police report was written "since there wasn't an arrest made or a formal investigation."
Do police believe the governor was wasted?
"I'm not going to speculate," Ross says. "I don't have any information or details from the police officers who responded about whether or not the governor was intoxicated."
Listen for yourself:
The governor's office issued the following statement just before 2 pm:
On Saturday evening, the Governor held her annual staff holiday party in a hotel ballroom. There was a live band, food, dancing, and more than 200 guests. The Governor spent most of the time dancing with her husband, Chuck, and the many children who attended with their parents. Once the band wrapped up for the night and the Governor and staff helped clean up the ballroom, she and Chuck went to a staff member’s private room to eat pizza along with several other guests. 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. While the Governor was in the hotel room, she was informed a complaint had been recently made, and was also made aware of the earlier complaints. At that time, the other guests left and the Governor went downstairs to the front desk to find out more information about the complaints and assure the hotel staff that those who had caused those issues had long ago left, and there was no longer a problem. While she was downstairs, she took a call from the Santa Fe Police to inquire about and respond to the complaints. The State Police detail was present with the Governor and believed the situation was under control. The Governor and her family left and went home shortly thereafter. Governor Martinez regrets the way this situation was handled by her and her staff and will further address that later today.
SFR asked Sanchez to clarify the claim that Martinez "took a call," but Sanchez did not respond.
Later in the day, Ross issued this statement:
"In the interest of accuracy in the record, we are correcting an error in the statement from the Governor's spokesman. At no point in the evening did the Santa Fe Police call Governor Martinez for any reason."