March 23, 2016

Trump to attend gala honoring Susana Martinez

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Donald Trump and Susana Martinez could meet in New York next month.

Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore cc

Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore cc

The New Mexico governor will be the guest of honor at the 2016 New York State Republican Gala. The New York State Republican Party announced Wednesday that the businessman and reality TV show star who is currently leading the race to be the Republican Party’s presidential candidate will attend.

The New Mexico governor has stayed mum on whether or not she would support Trump if he becomes the Republican nominee. Martinez endorsed Marco Rubio early in March; two weeks later, after losing his home state to Trump, the U.S. Senator from Florida dropped out of the race.

Since then, Martinez said she would not immediately endorse a candidate. In 2012, Martinez endorsed Mitt Romney after the New Mexico presidential primary, well after the former Massachusetts governor clinched the nomination.

Trump will be a “featured guest” at the April 14 gala in New York City. The New York state primaries takes place on April 19.

The other Republican candidates, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, have also been invited to attend the gala.

Gov. Susana Martinez during the 2016 Legislative Session. Photo Credit: Andy Lyman.

Andy Lyman

Gov. Susana Martinez during the 2016 Legislative Session. Photo Credit: Andy Lyman.

“We are thrilled to welcome Republican presidential candidate and fellow New Yorker Donald Trump to our event,” New York Republican State Committee chairman  Chairman Ed Cox said in a statement. “This year has become one of the most exciting and vital presidential elections in many years. New York Republicans are more motivated than ever to take back the White House, and for the first time in a long time, will play a decisive role by their votes in the April 19th presidential primary.

“The excitement is palpable, and we expect this event to be a great success,” Cox continued

Martinez is the head of the Republican Governors Association, the organization run by Republican governors that helps Republicans running for governor.

New Mexico’s primaries take place in June, usually well after the presidential race is decided. This year, many establishment Republicans are attempting to stop Trump from reaching a majority of delegates, which could bring a contested convention for the party.

The New York fundraiser will cost $1,000 to attend.