Jorge Emilio González Martínez

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Jorge Emilio González Martínez
Born (1972-04-16) 16 April 1972 (age 42)
Federal District, Mexico
Ethnicity Mexican
Occupation Politician
Political party
PVE Party (Mexico).svg PVEM
Family Father, Jorge González Torres
Website
Official website

Jorge Emilio González Martínez (born 16 April 1972 in Mexico City), popularly known as El Niño Verde (the Green Boy), is a Mexican politician affiliated to the Ecologist Green Party of Mexico (PVEM). He serves as a senator in the LXII Legislature of the Mexican Congress representing Quintana Roo. He also served as a senator from 2000 to 2006 and as a federal deputy from 1997 to 2000.[1]

González Martínez took over leadership of the PVEM in 2001 from his father, Jorge González Torres, who founded the party in 1986. His uncle Víctor González Torres is the owner of the Farmacias Similares drugstore franchise and was a write-in candidate for president in 2006. His maternal grandfather, Emilio Martínez Manatou, was an Institutional Revolutionary Party congressman, presidential hopeful in 1970 and the governor of Tamaulipas from 1981 to 1987.[2]

Controversies[edit]

In February 2004 as part of the Mexican Videoscandals, a grainy hidden-camera video aired on Mexican television, showing González Martínez allegedly negotiating a $2 million bribe to assist in the development of a hotel in an ecologically protected area near Cancún. González Martínez at first claimed that the video was fake, then claimed he was part of a sting to expose crooked developers, before finally claiming that the video was part of a smear campaign set up by the Vicente Fox administration.[3][4]

In April 2011, González Martínez was hosting a party in his apartment when a 25-year-old Bulgarian woman, Galina Chankova Chaneva, fell from the 19th floor of the Emerald Residential Tower in Cancún, in which at least 15 apartments are owned by González Martínez and several PVEM officials.[5][6] Quintana Roo's attorney general determined that Chankova Chaneva's death was a suicide and a criminal investigation was not pursued.[7]

In February 2013, González Martínez was arrested for driving while intoxicated in Mexico City. He reportedly gave police officers a fake name and refused to take a breathalyzer test. González Martínez's bodyguards also reportedly attempted to bribe the police, and then tried to forcibly free him from police custody.[8][9] A video game parodying the incident was made available for download.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Perfil del legislador". LEgislative Information system. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Thompson, Barnard. "Corruption inferences and the Green Party of Mexico". MexiData.info. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  3. ^ Thompson, Barnard. "Corruption inferences and the Green Party of Mexico". MexiData.info. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Video links Green leader to bribery". Chicago Tribune. Feb 25, 2004. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Indagan muerte de joven búlgara durante fiesta del "Niño Verde"". Animal Politico. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Dirigentes del PVEM y amigos de ‘El Niño Verde’ tienen ‘depas’ en Cancún". SDPnoticias.com. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "4 escándalos del ‘Niño Verde’". Aristegui Noticias. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  8. ^ Luhnow, David (June 14, 2013). "Mexico's Spoiled Rich Kids". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  9. ^ Rathbone, John Paul (Feb 21, 2013). "Mexico’s 'Chris Huhne affair'". The Financial Times. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "Video Game Launch 'Green Boy'". RED POLÍTICA. El Universal. Retrieved 29 August 2014.