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.”
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.’”