Likely New Mexico congressional candidate: I was drunk when I signed contracts as mayor

Steven Nelson Associate Editor

New Mexico Republican Rep. Steve Pearce is almost certainly breathing a sigh of relief this week as his likely Democratic challenger admits to having been drunk on the job.

This week Martin Resendiz, mayor of the city of Sunland Park, admitted in a deposition that he was drunk when he signed nine contracts with an architectural firm. The company is now suing the city for $1 million.

Resendiz claims he was drinking with executives of the California company, Synthesis+, and was unaware of the nature of documents he was signing, the Albuquerque Journal reported Thursday.

“The day I signed … I had way too much to drink,” Resendiz admitted. ”It was after 5 p.m. and I signed it (the contracts) and I didn’t know what I was signing.”

The Sunland Park city council also claims the contracts are not valid since the council did not approve them.

Pearce Press Secretary Eric Layer declined to comment on the matter, but did tell The Daily Caller: “I think the information shared by Mayor Resendiz speaks for itself.”

In 2010 Pearce defeated incumbent Democrat Harry Teague, earning 55 percent of the vote.

Resendiz was a police officer and a municipal judge before becoming mayor in 2008, the Associated Press reports.