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New Mexico's Martinez apologizes for staff's behavior at raucous holiday party

FILE - This Sept. 4, 2015 file photo New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez speaks at a press conference Albuquerque, N.M. Martinez says she’s confident a close political adviser, Jay McCleskey, did nothing wrong and called allegations of fundraising violations “cheap shots.” The Republican governor told The Associated Press in a statement that she’s aware of complaints being raised and said they came from political opponents who have tried to attack her previously. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras,File)

FILE - This Sept. 4, 2015 file photo New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez speaks at a press conference Albuquerque, N.M. Martinez says she’s confident a close political adviser, Jay McCleskey, did nothing wrong and called allegations of fundraising violations “cheap shots.” The Republican governor told The Associated Press in a statement that she’s aware of complaints being raised and said they came from political opponents who have tried to attack her previously. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras,File)  ((AP Photo/Russell Contreras,File))

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is apologizing for her staff's conduct at her annual holiday party at a downtown Santa Fe hotel.

A noise complaint resulted in police responding to one of her staffer's rooms.

In a statement Friday night, Martinez said someone threw snowballs from a hotel balcony and says that behavior is unacceptable.

Martinez also said she made a mistake by speaking to the hotel receptionist and asking about the noise complaint.

The governor said she shouldn't have gotten involved in trying to resolve the situation and she should have handled it differently.

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Martinez said she was holding her annual staff holiday party at a downtown Santa Fe hotel when a noise complaint resulted in police responding to one of her staffer's rooms.

The governor's office said Friday that Martinez and staff helped clean up the hotel ballroom following last weekend's party and retired to the room to eat pizza with several other guests.

Spokesman Chris Sanchez said 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.

In police dispatch tapes, the governor can be heard saying there was no need to send officers to the hotel. She also demanded to know who lodged the complaint.

Sanchez said the governor regrets the way she and her staff handled the situation.

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