Governor Susana Martinez issued the following statement following Senator Harrison Schmittâ€™s decision to withdraw his nomination to serve as the Stateâ€™s Secretary of Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources:
â€œSenator Schmitt is a former NASA astronaut who underwent a complete background check by the Department of Public Safety as part of his nomination process.
â€œSenator Schmitt was willing to allow a private investigator access to his personal information, but he was not willing to waive that investigatorâ€™s liability for any improper actions or use of that information. While one can understand Senator Schmittâ€™s concerns, complying with the Legislatureâ€™s request is necessary to restore public confidence in state government. Thatâ€™s why I am requiring all of my cabinet secretary designees to comply with that request and this has led to Senator Schmitt withdrawing his nomination.
â€œI wish Senator Schmitt the best in his future endeavors and I will work swiftly to find a qualified replacement to lead New Mexicoâ€™s Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department.â€