New Mexico attorney A.J. Salazar used to be the director of the elections bureau for Secretary of State Mary Herrera. He resigned earlier this year and publicly denounced the Secretary of State’s office for accepting kick-backs on public contracts and having state employees perform campaign work. Together with two other employees (who have since been fired), he reported his concerns to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Herrara has denied the allegations, but has avoided opportunities to answer reporter’s questions about them.
Last week, Salazar reported that his law office had been burglarized, records were missing, and his Blackberry telephone showed messages were forwarded to an unknown account. Salazar shares office space with attorney Rudy Martin in Espanola, New Mexico. Martin represents the two whistleblowers who were recently fired. Salazar told KOB Eyewitness News 4 that he has back-up copies of all the documents about the Secretary of State’s office, but he is concerned that the confidentiality of attorney-client communications has been breached. More information about the developing scandal is available from the New Mexico Independent.