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Pizza promotion aims to send governor off with style

December 25, 2018

It’s the pizza party that never ended for Gov. Susana Martinez.

Three years after a loud holiday party in the governor’s room at a downtown Santa Fe hotel received widespread attention — and helped end any talk about Martinez being considered for national office — a local food delivery service is featuring her likeness on a coupon offering $10 off on deliveries of pizza and Coca-Cola.

“Celebrate our governor’s last few days,” says a post on Dashing Delivery’s Facebook page. “Say arrivederci with a pizza party. Order pizza and coke from a participating restaurant and get $10 off your order.”

Four Santa Fe pizza purveyors — Il Vicino, Pizza Centro, Pizzeria da Lino and Rooftop Pizzeria — are taking part in the promotion.

The Martinez/pizza connection comes from a taped conversation, released to news organizations, of Martinez speaking to a Santa Fe police dispatcher in December 2015 about complaints about the party in her room and people throwing bottles from a balcony of the Eldorado Hotel & Spa.

“Loud noise? We’re in a room eating pizza. … we are eating pizza and drinking Cokes, and whoever was throwing bottles is not there — hasn’t been there for like six hours,” the governor said, right before telling the dispatcher to “call off” officers who were going to her room.

Martinez also demanded — in vain — to get the room number of the hotel guest who complained about the noise, claiming, incorrectly, that such information is public record. And some of her press staff tried to claim that it wasn’t bottles being thrown, it was snowballs.

Twisting the knife, Dashing delivery’s coupon even makes fun of Martinez’s pronunciation: “Use code PEETZA”

Martinez’s “pizza party” launched what seemed to be an endless stream of jokes and Internet memes depicting the Republican governor as a heavy partier. A headline in the Washington Post declared, “Susana Martinez’s once-rising star fades.” On the first day of the 2016 Legislature, several lawmakers wore colorful socks featuring images of pizza slices.

Justin Greene, founder of Dashing Delivery, which has operated in the city since 2003, said Monday the business has been planning a New Year’s promotion to welcome the state’s newly elected governor, Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham. “We were talking and we decided also to do a promo with the old governor,” he said.

The response was far greater than Greene imagined. He said a customer used the “PEETZA” code within an hour after it was posted on Facebook. As of Monday afternoon more than 29,000 people had viewed the coupon and more than 500 had shared the post, he said.

“We hope our customers take advantage of this and send the old governor off in style,” he said.

Dashing Delivery is closed on Christmas Day but the offer is good through Dec. 31, when Martinez’s term will end.

The Governor’s Office on Monday did not respond to a request for comment.

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