Skip to comments.Tough As Nails (NM R-Gov. Candidate Susana Martinez)
Posted on 09/12/2010 9:48:57 PM PDT by CedarDave
Susana Martinez was a cheerleader and member of the Rangerette drill team at El Paso's Riverside High School.
But when a group of seniors running for student council asked her to join their slate of candidates, she took a pass. "I told them I don't want to be (council) secretary," Martinez recalled, noting that it was the only slot still open on the ticket.
Martinez studied the job descriptions and decided she'd rather be student body president. So she ran against the candidate whose ticket tried to enlist her. And she won.
The Democrat-turned-Republican has already risen to national prominence as the first Hispanic woman in the country to be nominated for governor by a major party. She has made a national list of "The Next Top Women to Watch in Politics." She wooed crowds alongside Sarah Palin in Albuquerque and got a plug on the Laura Ingraham radio show.
Martinez, 51, has raised her political horizons as she faces Lt. Gov. Diane Denish in the Nov. 2 general election.
Her résumé is long on government work in fact, being a state prosecutor and children's court lawyer have been her only jobs, save for the few years she worked for her father's private security firm in El Paso.
She has modest roots, as the youngest child and "latchkey" kid of Hispanic parents who worked full-time jobs and at one time kept a lock on the freezer to ensure the food supply didn't run out.
That she is ambitious is a given. "Any Democrat who underestimates her is a fool, and they're asking for trouble," said Larry Allred, an attorney with the federal Public Defender's Office in Las Cruces, where Martinez serves as district attorney in the state's 3rd Judicial District.
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“The Democrat-turned-Republican has already risen to national prominence as the first Hispanic woman in the country to be nominated for governor by a major party.”
How many more times are we gonna fall for this? A leopard doesn’t change her spots. I for one, will never trust a democrat-turned-republican. The democrats are about to get trounced, there are going to be lots of them changing their party affiliation but not their agenda.
Read the post above yours.
She’s been a Republican for 15 years; not a newbie in the party. And she’s won her District Attorney positions as one, too.
Reagan was a Democrat turned Republican, and quite a large number of other staunch conservatives. There are quite a few life long Republicans who are anything but conservative. Switching parties is not the marker of where to judge someone alone - it is where they stand on the issues - and if those stances changed right before an election as an opportunity, or if they are views they’ve held for awhile.
She looks like a real good candidate. Jim Geraghty at Natl Review had one of her campaign ads and it was funny.
Her opponent had some female teacher waxing about how great the Dem was on video. Mrs. Martinez comes back and says “Oh I know her - I sent her husband to jail for 23 years for kidnapping when I was prosecutor.”
You watch in and go...what!? Great campaign ad.
Ya, I caught yours right after I posted mine...
My 1st vote was for McGovern then Carter then worked for Kennedy in June 1980, couldn’t bring myselt to vote for Jimma so I thought I’d give Reagan a try, voted for Ronny again in 84 and never voted for a single dem again. RR was a dem till he turned. Soon, millions will turn, this change will be truly historic come Nov 2nd.
Ronald Reagan, Phil Gramm, Richard Shelby, Ben Lighthorse Campbell, lots of D’s turned R’s and did a fine job.
“Soon, millions will turn, this change will be truly historic come Nov 2nd.”
I sure hope you’re right. Since I wasn’t going to join to read the entire article, I wasn’t aware that she’s been republican for 15yrs. I stand corrected, perhaps she’s genuine. Hopefully, those in NM know her.
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BTW, I've worked in El Paso, the western edge of Juarez is opposite New Mexico while the main portion of the city is opposite El Paso. And in my office, I've got a lady whose mother still lives there (Juarez) and her family is afraid to go visit her. It's real bad and Obama is just making it worse.
I’m a Democrat turned Republican. I was 18 and it was NM and everyone was a Democrat. Even when I realized that I was really a Republican at heart I remained a Democrat because there was no reason to become a Republican because there were never any Republicans who had opposition in the primaries and so I stayed registered as a Democrat for a long time.
There are a lot of people who are Democrats when they are young (and stupid) and become Republican later because they have started paying attention to what is going on....and getting educated.
Don’t be too rigid in your thinking....when logic and truth get through, there will be a lot more Democrats(marxists/progressives)fleeing—the truth can no longer be hidden with the internet.
A leopard may not change its spots, but I certainly know people who have changed their minds. I was pretty liberal when I was younger - I didn't understand how the world worked. I know better now. One thing I always had was a sense of right and wrong. The more liberal those around me got, the less they seemed to make sense and the more they had to twist reality to justify their actions as being "right." Somehow, I just knew they were wrong.
Thanks. That is the ad. Hilarious and almost bizarre. The Dem gets some goofy teacher woman to support her after Martinez sent her old man to the clink for 23 years. Her Dem opponent has to be brainless but she works for Richardson so go figure.
Dems are the party of islam now.
***Ben Lighthorse Campbell,***
I remember him well! He and John Dingell both stabbed the NRA and American gun owners in the back when they voted FOR Clinton’s assault rifle ban.
Campbell later became a republican and got lots congrats as he has tried to ingrate himself back into the gun owner groups.
BUT I STILL REMEMBER HIS BACKSTABBING!
She also is caring for a 54 year-old sister who is developmentally disabled with the mental capacity of a 5-year old.
She's definitely a "Mama Grizzly."
Thanks for pinging me. She’s wonderful. She deserves to win.