Report: Mayor Admits He Was Drunk When He Signed City Contracts

If there were such a thing a mayor school, Sunland Park, NM Mayor Martin Resendiz would make a good case study of how not to conduct city business.

The mayor admitted in a court document that he was drunk when he signed nine contracts with a company that later sued for non-payment.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the mayor said:

"The day I signed ... I had way too much to drink. It was after 5 p.m. and I signed it (the contracts) and I didn't know what I was signing," Resendiz wrote in response to questions from lawyers for the architectural design firm Synthesis+. "My sister had to pick me up."

It gets better. The Journal also reports:

A former El Paso police officer and Sunland Park municipal judge, Resendiz has been the border town's mayor since March 2008. He has said he plans to seek the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce to represent southern New Mexico.

Resendiz's political future probably just got a lot more doubtful. But one thing's for sure; he's the stuff of a late-night TV comedian's dreams.



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