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Martinez finally embraces Romney

It took until after the New Mexico primary, and well after Romney had the Republican race sewn up, but New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is finally on Team Romney.

Romney appointed Martinez to a Hispanic leadership team that he announced Wednesday, another bid to get Hispanics to back the Republican candidate. Republicans have turned off Hispanics with their harsh line on immigration and fundamental differences on the role of government with many Hispanics.

The latest group is Juntos con Romney, which is filled with Hispanic Republican elected officials. Martinez is an honorary co-chairwoman of the group, along with Nevada governor Brian Sandoval, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Puerto Rico governor Luis Fortuño. The chairmen of the group are former Secretary of commerce, and current Citibank executive, Carlos Gutierrez, former Attorney General of Puerto Rico Jose Fuentes and former Administrator of the Small Business Administration Hector Barreto.

“Mitt Romney is a problem-solver who has a record of delivering real results,” said Governor Susana Martinez in a statement released by the Romney campaign. “Whether it was helping start companies in the private sector, rescuing the Olympics, or creating jobs and reducing spending as governor, Mitt Romney has demonstrated throughout his life that he can lead during tough times. President Obama has taken the country in the wrong direction and it will take a proven leader like Mitt Romney to turn things around. I am proud to stand with him and look forward to working to get him elected.”

Waiting until the day after the New Mexico primary is almost full-circle; in 2010, Romney endorsed Martinez the day after she won the Republican primary for governor.

The Democratic Party of New Mexico quickly jumped on Martinez’s new position as part of Romney’s team.

“Her endorsement and new leadership position on Romney’s campaign also raises the question: How could she possibly agree to serve as Romney’s Hispanic Leadership Team Co-Chair when she so harshly criticized his stance on Hispanic issues just a few weeks ago?” asked DPNM chair Javier Gonzales. “Governor Martinez blasted Romney’s extreme ‘self-deportation’ policy and said she has ‘no doubt Hispanics have been alienated during this campaign.’”

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Matthew Reichbach has blogged about New Mexico politics since 2006. Matthew was a co-founder of New Mexico FBIHOP with his brother and part of the original hirings at the groundbreaking website the New Mexico Independent. Matthew has covered events such as the Democratic National Convention and Netroots Nation. In addition to politics, Matthew is an avid sports fan, especially of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and TV fan.

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One Response to "Martinez finally embraces Romney"

  1. Dan says:

    Susana Martinez is working to help New Mexicans to get back to work & help persuade & confront Romney to advise him to be friendly to Latino interests. She is showing she cares about making the Republican Party a more friendly place for Latinos. There is nothing wrong with that & she should be commended for her leadership.

    Romney should pick Luis Fortuno as his running mate.