April 11, 2016

NY GOP head: Martinez possible GOP VP choice

Andy Lyman

Susana Martinez during the 2016 State of the State Address.

The talk about Susana Martinez filling out the ticket for Republicans this November may hit a new peak as the New York Republican primary looms.

Susana Martinez during the 2016 State of the State Address. Photo Credit: Andy Lyman.

Andy Lyman

Susana Martinez during the 2016 State of the State Address. Photo Credit: Andy Lyman.

New York Republican Party chairman Ed Cox said that Susana Martinez is a potential vice presidential candidate.

“She’s got a wonderful personal story, a great history as governor and having all three of the presidential candidates there while she delivers her keynote speech, and then you got them delivering their speeches, it’s going to be quite an evening,” Cox said.

Martinez will be the guest of honor at a Republican gala later this week. However, she will be joined at the event by all three remaining Republican candidates.

Cox made the remarks on “The Cats Roundtable,” a conservative talk radio show hosted by billionaire grocery store magnate John Catsimatidis.

Catsimatidis has donated to both Republican and Democratic candidates over the years and was close with Bill and Hillary Clinton.

The relevant section begins at 5:00 in the clip embedded below.

New York City businessman Donald Trump first announced that he would be at the event. Then, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, of Texas, announced that they would also attend.

Martinez previously endorsed Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio for the Republican nomination. Rubio dropped out two weeks after the endorsement after losing his home state primary by double-digits.

Martinez has since stayed neutral in the Republican primary.

The gala comes at an interesting time for the candidates. The New York state primary takes place on April 19, just five days after the gala. In recent elections, the nomination has been all-but clinched by the time New York votes.

Martinez has consistently denied any interest in national office. That still hasn’t stopped pundits and others from floating her name as a possibility, thanks to her role of winning the governorship twice in a relatively blue state. Martinez is also the first Latina governor in the nation.

Just last week, a consultant on Fox News said that Martinez or South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley would be good “counterbalances” to Donald Trump as part of a presidential ticket.

The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce endorsed Martinez to be the vice president, no matter who wins the Republican nomination.