Gov. Susana Martinez injured herself while skiing in Utah this weekend. “On Sunday during some downtime, I hit the slopes and took a spill,” Martinez told NM Political Report in a statement. “I’m getting my knee checked out in the coming days. But all is well. I thought I was a pretty decent skier, but there aren’t too many slopes in southern New Mexico….”
NM Political Report senior reporter Joey Peters and reporter Andy Lyman sat down to talk about what we covered this week and what to expect next week. The two reporters talked a little about what a Trump presidency might mean for New Mexico, especially in terms of a new BLM rule and marijuana. They also recapped Peters’ coverage of the state’s Human Services Department leading up to the new special master announced Thursday and the fact that Gov. Susana Martinez is no longer chair of the Republican Governors Association.
Gov. Susana will no longer chair the Republican Governors Association. Instead, the organization elected Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, according to an announcement Wednesday. The RGA, which advocates to elect Republican governors across the nation, elected Martinez at its helm last year. Before then, she served for one year as vice chair. Martinez will continue to serve on the RGA’s executive committee.
Gov. Susana Martinez continued warming up to President-elect Donald Trump by defending his controversial pick of Steve Bannon to national media outlets Tuesday. Trump’s pick of Bannon, the former executive chairman of Breitbart, the far-right news website, as chief strategist at the White House drew rebuke from anti-discrimination groups like the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center. At the same time, the American Nazi Party, the Ku Klux Klan and former KKK leader David Duke praised Trump’s pick of Bannon. Bannon is under fire for his alleged anti-semitic comments as well as running Breitbart while the website published stories with headlines like, “Hoist It High And Proud: The Confederate Flag Proclaims A Glorious Heritage,” “Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy,” and “There’s No Hiring Bias Against Women in Tech, They Just Suck at Interviews.” While Democrats, including those in New Mexico’s congressional delegation, are criticizing Trump for the pick, most congressional Republicans haven’t commented one way or another on Bannon.
Gov. Susana Martinez still hasn’t endorsed Donald Trump, but unlike many other high profile Republicans, she’s at the Republican National Convention where Trump will be formally nominated and she appeared in a video that played at the convention center. Martinez appeared in a video put together by the Republican Governors Association, the organization which she chairs. The organization represents Republican governors and seeks to elect more Republican governors.
“It’s not about us as elected officials, it is about the people we represent,” Martinez said in the video, which is embedded below. “We are working extremely hard to make New Mexico more competitive,” she said.
The Democratic Governors Association welcomed New Mexico to primary day with a video slamming Gov. Susana Martinez. Martinez is the head of the Republican Governors Association and so now a frequent target of the DGA. She is term-limited and cannot run for a third consecutive term in 2018. This one quotes the statement by Donald Trump that Martinez “has got to do a better job” and “she’s not doing the job” among other things at an Albuquerque rally. Martinez did not attend the rally and has so far withheld an endorsement.
At his raucous rally in Albuquerque, presumptive GOP Republican nominee criticized many people, among them Gov. Susana Martinez. Martinez, also the chair of the Republican Governors Association, which raises money and campaigns for GOP candidates across the country, has so far not endorsed Trump for president. She has also criticized Trump’s rhetoric on immigrants. So Trump fired back. First, he pulled out some unflattering Albuquerque and New Mexico statistics.
On a night where protests outside of a Donald Trump rally drew national attention, plenty also disrupted the Republican presidential candidate’s speech inside the Albuquerque Convention Center. It’s not as if the Trump campaign wasn’t expecting it. Before the likely GOP presidential nominee walked onto the stage, a voice on loudspeaker told the crowd how to treat potential protesters. “If a protester starts demonstrating, please do not touch or harm the protester,” the announcer said, prompting some scattered boos from the crowd. Trump previously said he’d like to punch one of the protestors at a rally in the face.
Gov. Susana Martinez is still quiet on if she will support presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, but she will attend the convention dedicated to him this summer. Martinez said, as the head of the Republican Governor’s Association, she would attend this year’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland. She was answering a question from an Associated Press reporter on Monday. The video is available at the bottom of this post. “It is my responsibility to also be part of the Republican convention,” she said.
Gov. Susana Martinez is, along with all other Republican officials and candidates, facing questions over whether she will support presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. The divisive New York City businessman took a victory lap of sorts on Wednesday, the day after he handily won the Indiana primaries. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz dropped out Tuesday night and Ohio Gov. John Kasich followed suit Wednesday. The Republican National Committee and Republican Party of New Mexico both signaled they would support Trump. As with other Republicans, she now has to decide whether to fall in line with the party structure and support Trump’s presidential bid or to withhold her support.