Skip to comments.National Noise Starts Early for N.M.'s Martinez
Posted on 12/01/2010 9:01:54 AM PST by CedarDave
So, the talk has started already: Susana Martinez, Republican vice presidential prospect, 2012.
And note the date: Less than a month after she was elected on Nov. 2 to become New Mexico's first female governor and just over a month before she's inaugurated and officially moves into the Roundhouse.
The first national speculation registering with me was from columnist Matt Lewis on the Politics Daily website on Nov. 29 (Why the next Republican VP nominee will likely be Hispanic).
Lewis cited the growing percentage of Hispanic voters and Republicans having "a new generation of qualified Hispanic leaders." For the 2012 vice presidential nomination, he wrote, "The two most obvious picks would be Florida Sen.-elect Marco Rubio and New Mexico Gov.-elect Susana Martinez."
Other pundits had called her a rising star, but Lewis took more aim. "My very premature prediction is that Rubio and Martinez are already on the short list for vice presidential picks in 2012," he wrote.
A lot of New Mexicans probably saw it coming.
In a country with a fast-growing Hispanic population, growing antagonism toward government size and voters always fearful of crime, here comes 51-year-old Susana Martinez, who at 17 was packing a pistol as a guard for her father's security firm in El Paso, who developed a reputation as a tough criminal prosecutor over a 20-year career in Las Cruces and then talked about reining in state spending as a Republican candidate for governor. Many voters are suspicious of veteran politicians, even of their governing experience. Martinez is a fresh face in politics outside of Doña Ana County and has a winning smile to boot.
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Personally, while I’m thrilled that Martinez was elected (and I did vote for her), I’d like to see how she actually governs as governor before I get too excited about 2012 prospects.
Yes, I know the Prez candidate was to blame for the results.
I'm just sayin’.
Maybe some of these newly elected governors and senators should be sworn into the office they were elected to before they are nominated for president or vice president.
“For the 2012 vice presidential nomination, he wrote, “The two most obvious picks would be Florida Sen.-elect Marco Rubio and New Mexico Gov.-elect Susana Martinez.”
Can we please have them serve a complete term before considering them for higher office? Thank you.
Very much agree.
I think Martinez will do well as Gov. But I’m tired of these instant bandwagons for higher office.
Of course, if we had any real candidates at that level it might not happen as much.
There are enough other problems in N Mexico that she can solve before she gets such support.
See the other thread here today that talks about the meth guy who got picked up for the 127th time & still isn’t in prison for life.
Ain’t that the truth!
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