Headlines about Donald Trump and other Republican presidential candidates sent Susana Martinez to secondary status in a New York City gala to honor the New Mexico governor.
The Republican Party in New York state invited Martinez, the Republican Governors Association chair, to be the guest of honor at an annual gala that serves as a fundraiser for the party.
But after the Republican presidential nomination battle stretched on to make New York a key state, all three remaining Republican candidates decided to also attend the gala.
The event took place just five days before New York Republicans go to the polls.
Martinez, for her part, joked about the Republican primary.
“It’s been an interesting campaign,” she said. “Why don’t we just do ‘rock, paper, scissors’ and get it over with?”
Businessman Donald Trump, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio governor John Kasich attended the event. The three are the remaining candidates (or rock, paper and scissors) on the Republican side.
Martinez was introduced as a possible Vice Presidential candidate for Republicans. Martinez has consistently denied any ambitions for national office.
Last week, New York Republican Party chairman Ed Cox mentioned Martinez as a possible Republican Vice Presidential candidate.
The New Mexico governor did not endorse any of the three remaining Republican presidential candidates while speaking on Thursday night. Martinez previously endorsed Florida Senator Marco Rubio, but he dropped out after losing his home state to Trump.
Martinez said after this that she would remain neutral in the Republican race.
As with any event involving the businessman, Trump became the center of attention. Martinez’s participation was either deemed secondary or even ignored in many media reports.
Stories from the New York Times and Associated Press failed to even mention Martinez’s presence, instead focusing on Trump.
The New York Times mentioned “a sober turn for the Republican front-runner” while the AP mentioned his defense of “New York values.”
Cruz, meanwhile, said his attacks on New York values were instead against the “liberal politicians” in New York City according to the Wall Street Journal.
As for Martinez, the media attention seemed to match the attention from the attendees.
People are loudly talking through Gov. Martinez’s keynote speech here at NY GOP dinner.
— Holly Bailey (@hollybdc) April 15, 2016
New York Republicans sure aren't showing New Mexico Gov Martinez much respect. Lots of chatter over her speech in the ballroom. #nygop
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) April 15, 2016
Majority of NY GOP dinner attendees now ignoring Susana Martinez, talking so loudly over her that people are tapping glasses to hush
— Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) April 15, 2016
NY GOP gala crowd somewhat inattentive as New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez is speaking.
— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) April 15, 2016
.@Gov_Martinez is speaking at NY GOP gala, but attendees seem to be engrossed in their own conversations.
— Karen Rouse (@rouse_karen) April 15, 2016