Georgene Louis, Executive Director of the Isleta Gaming Regulatory Agency, Playing Politics

Georgene Louis is the Executive Director of the Isleta Gaming Regulatory Agency, (Agency). Louis is responsible for enforcing all gaming laws on the Pueblo of Isleta reservation. Governor Eddie Paul Torres is the supervisor of Georgene Louis.

The Governor’s daughter, Renee Torres, is seeking public office as a judge with the Bernalillo Metro Court. To get on the ballot, Torres had to gather signatures for her nominating petition. She was successful in collecting the signatures.

Georgene Louis helped Torres gather signatures by allowing an Internal Auditor with the Agency to solicit signatures from Agency employees during working hours. The Internal Auditor was Shannon Torres. She is also the daughter of Governor Eddie Paul Torres.

EDITORIAL COMMENT

Questions:

Why did Georgene Louis allow Shannon Torres to solicit signatures from Agency employees during working hours?

Did any of those employees feel intimidated or coerced into signing the petition for the Governor’s daughter?

Is Georgene Louis able to effectively “regulate all aspects of gaming activity,” when she is busy playing politics with the Governor’s daughters?

Will Georgene Louis allow other employees to promote or advocate for their favorite political candidates during working hours?

Will Georgene Louis gain political favor or preferential treatment from Governor Torres because she is helping his daughter with her political campaign?

Isleta’s Personnel Policies and Procedures state:

“Unless otherwise provided by law, all employees shall refrain from using their positions or influence in any way for or against a candidate for public office.”

Georgene Louis and Shannon Torres used their positions as tribal employees to promote a candidate for public office. Their positions gave them unique access to employees of the Isleta Gaming Regulatory Agency.

 

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One Reply to “Georgene Louis, Executive Director of the Isleta Gaming Regulatory Agency, Playing Politics”

  1. What is wrong with governors daughters? Don’t they have any merit of their own to rely on? Wow! How embarrassing for the whole Torres family. It only reflects badly on all of them.

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