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A Secretary's Revenge

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And yet that is precisely the idea that Vasquez floated.
When she explained her $15 million lawsuit to state investigators, Vasquez cited Carey's promiscuity as part of the scandal at the Attorney General's Office.

She even recalled Carey's explanation for sleeping with so many young women: He had joked that he suffered from "post-ejaculation deficit disorder."

It was such a telling anecdote to enter into the official record. Even in transcript form, the crack jumps off the page.

But the woman to whom Carey made the comment says that Vasquez has completely twisted the context of the remark.

Leslie Hall, director of the Civil Division of the Attorney General's Office, says that she and Carey were kidding back and forth about the condition of men and women generally.

"It was a stupid but hilarious conversation. It was, like, commentary on, after sex, he was completely distracted," says Hall. "It had nothing to do with philandering, and certainly nothing to do with his philandering."

MacDonald, who was the third party to the conversation, agreed. He added that this entire campaign to portray Carey as a womanizer is outrageous.

"I knew Rob Carey before I took this job. I've known him for years. I can count the number of women he's dated on one hand. He's a serial monogamist."

Wendy Sanchez's mother has tried to help her 25-year-old daughter survive the nine months of relentless scrutiny Carey has undergone, and its possible effects on their relationship. The former deputy mayor of Los Angeles, Sanchez's mother is currently the head of the University of New Mexico's counseling division.

"At first, she teased me about it," recalled Sanchez. "She asked, 'With all the men to choose from, why was it necessary to fall in love with someone under investigation?' But as this dragged on and some of this really ugly stuff came out, Mom asked if Deborah had a crush on Rob.

"She told Rob, 'Deborah wouldn't do this just because she hated you.'"
Armchair psychology is questionable business, and Sanchez's mother has a limited view from her post in Albuquerque.

But there is a gender tension that informs Vasquez's complaints.
"It was really hard for me," Vasquez said when describing the difficulty of working for Carey. "I always wanted to say--being a single woman myself--always want to say to these young girls, 'No, don't get trapped in this.'

"And they were just so infatuated with him, you know? He was a hotshot."
Vasquez's sexual anxiety extends to anyone perceived as part of Carey's circle.

One of the women who worked alongside Vasquez testified about Vasquez's poor attitude on the job at the secretary's unemployment hearing.

When her request for unemployment benefits was denied, Vasquez responded to the hearing officer in writing in a petition for review.

Attacking the witness's credibility, Vasquez wrote of her former colleague that "[her] willingness to compromise herself for a paycheck can be evidenced by the fact that she went so far as sleeping with one of Mr.Carey's best friends, subsequently destroying a marriage involving two small children, with no remorse for the emotional pain she had caused."

Since Vasquez resigned her job and fled Carey's presence as if she'd been scalded, the circle of sexual misconduct she perceives has expanded. She sees plots and wrongdoing everywhere.

In an interview for this article, Deborah Vasquez revealed that she used a private investigator to delve into Attorney General Grant Woods' sexual predilections.

Vasquez is quite frank about her perception that Woods, as well as Carey, must go.

As with many crusaders' causes, Vasquez's can play as emotional drama and balloon out in unanticipated directions. That is what happened during her wide-ranging attacks on the Attorney General's Office.

It happened in the case of the Supreme Court brief. There, Carey's unforgivable offense was the display of irritation in front of a child, a stress-induced transgression Vasquez explained by imagining her boss had been off skiing instead of taking care of business.

It happened when she went to work as a secretary and imagined her tasks included saving Arizona's children.

And it continues to happen today, even in casual settings.
For example, in a recent conversation she asserted that there is something wrong with Attorney General Woods' offspring.

"I can see it in their eyes," said Vasquez.
Though she confessed that she has never talked to the Woods children, who were the subject of a custody battle, she is convinced of her diagnosis.

"I always sensed that there was something they weren't telling. ... It was only a sense that a person who was very close to children would have."

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