GOP heavyweights lining up behind Martinez
May 31st, 2013
01:54 PM ET
11 months ago

GOP heavyweights lining up behind Martinez

Washington (CNN) - Congressional leaders, potential presidential candidates and party elders will come together next week in the nation's capital to help fill New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez's political war chest, CNN has learned.

From House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to Sen. Rand Paul and Sen. Marco Rubio, at least 27 people are listed as "Honored Guests" on a fundraising invitation that also features Republican Governors Association Chair Bobby Jindal, Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, among many others. The event is expected to raise "six figures," said an adviser to the New Mexico governor, who spoke about it on the condition of anonymity. Contributions range from $500 to $5,200 per person.

As of now, it appears Martinez has a path to re-election as Democrats have failed to identify a strong challenger. "For being in such a competitive state, Martinez is in surprising good shape for second term," said Nathan Gonzales, deputy editor of the non-partisan Rothenberg Political Report.

So why are Republicans focusing on helping Martinez, who is expected to win re-election in 2014? Simply, she is an important public figure for the GOP, who lost the Hispanic vote to President Barack Obama by an overwhelming margin in 2012. And there is an acknowledgment by Priebus and other GOP leaders that future electoral successes will depend, in part, on convincing Hispanic voters to support Republicans. Who better to help deliver that message than Martinez – the first Hispanic woman ever elected governor.

"Governor Martinez is deeply appreciative of the support she is receiving from so many leaders in the Republican Party as she seeks to raise the re-election funds necessary to communicate her message," said the adviser, who spoke about the fundraiser on the condition of anonymity.


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  1. Rudy NYC

    Take the money and run, honey. Run as a Democrat. Having an "R" after your name is turning into a scarlet letter.

    May 31, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. Wake up People!

    You gotta give it to the GOP, they stick together. They will lie, cheat and steal to retain power. If only the dems were half as loyal. Maybe they will by 2016 once the dude with the permanent tan is out of office. Because I am pretty sure there are some jealous dems too.

    May 31, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  3. PaulCat

    Good try GOP. Trying to buy votes? The Hispanics are not for sale and shame on you Martinez for thinking so. What happen to the other crazy tea party people.
    Once Hillary announce she's running, it's all over.

    May 31, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    You finally noticed?

    That has been going on for months.

    May 31, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Anybody who votes for any gop, just consider yourself and idiot!!!!! Ray ,and the other teaparty red necks who want to live in the 1950 s, move to somila where they have gun rights and no healthcare , bit they would probably excute you.

    May 31, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  6. Marie MD

    Even with this token female Hispanic it won't work.
    I am surprised that any Hispanics, gays and minorities are members of the party of hate everything not them.
    This includes that cross from Canada except that he is a big time tea troll and the Cuban anchor baby.

    May 31, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  7. John

    Heaven knows there are plenty of GOP heavyweights....Christie, Limbaugh, Rove, McConnell, the list goes on and on....were talking about 1150 pounds with these 4 chowhounds.

    May 31, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. Gary

    All those Republican heavy weights and they're gonna raise 6 figures. Thats not even the weekley salary of those " Do Nothing" government workers. And the Presidents always campaining ?

    May 31, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  9. Fair is Fair

    jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Anybody who votes for any gop, just consider yourself and idiot!!!!! Ray ,and the other teaparty red necks who want to live in the 1950 s, move to somila where they have gun rights and no healthcare , bit they would probably excute you.
    -------–
    Where exactly is "somila" that you always mention in your little rants? It that the place that borders ja-booty?

    May 31, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  10. The NRA is a T e r r o r i st organisation....and MORE JOBS has been created under President Obama 2times over than under GW Bush!!! ***FACT***

    all these people do in Washington is to FUND RAISE for the next election...they dont care about the American people anymore; its all about the MONEY!!!!!

    USA is burning...but ALL our politicians care about IS keeping their jobs and drawing on a paycheck & free healthcare & estacodes at the backs of the AMERICAN TAX PAYERS!!!!!

    SMH

    May 31, 2013 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  11. Anderson

    Is this their way of reaching out to the Hispanics? Why not just campaign on your ideas and earn their votes.

    May 31, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  12. The Real Tom Paine

    -Fair is Fair

    jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Anybody who votes for any gop, just consider yourself and idiot!!!!! Ray ,and the other teaparty red necks who want to live in the 1950 s, move to somila where they have gun rights and no healthcare , bit they would probably excute you.
    ---–
    Where exactly is "somila" that you always mention in your little rants? It that the place that borders ja-booty?

    *****************

    Isn't it great that so many people can get on the internet and butcher the spellings of countries in their various rants? Of course, its not much better when you have people who have never learned basic grammar, either. You tell that they spend more time texting than reading.

    May 31, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  13. The Real Tom Paine

    Governor Martinez is very appreciative of the support she is getting as a two-item token for the GOP: will she be the next trophy the GO trots out as an example of how they have expanded the tent by a micron or so?

    May 31, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    Fair is Fair

    The question that really needs to be asked is why has the cost of attending college far outpaced the rest of the economy... including healthcare? And why don't more students attend public & community college for the first couple of years while they're "discovering themselves and what they want to be" when (if) they grow up?
    ***************************
    Good question. More students are attending public and community colleges, but the community colleges are offering far more career training/retraining courses and certifications than they did previously. Having graduates enter the workforce with a bare minimum of skills, especially critical thinking and analytical skills is not something we can afford as a country. One of the ways they have kept the cost down at community colleges is by hiring adjuncts which they pay a pittance to, instead of hiring full-time faculty with PhDs: the advantage was that we had real-world expereince we could pass on to our students. As far as finding themselves, kids now are not all that different than we were: most of my students worked full-time in addition to attending school full time, and some were already parents. They worked hard, for the most part, and I saw them grow. For those who wanted to go further, they were often stymied by having to pay outrageous amounts of money to get 2 more years of additional education. I have never bought the arguement that higher education was being starved; frankly, the families were. My alma mater has an endowment of over 1.5 billion, and they still come after me and every other living grad and former parent. Its insane.

    May 31, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  15. gop still spending taxpayers money in record amounts to hunt witches

    GOP, trying to slip a fast one in on the ones not paying attention for the last 5 years? Whats new?

    May 31, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  16. lottie

    GOP thugs. what a slimey bunch

    May 31, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  17. Larry L

    @Fair is Fair

    Where exactly is "somila" that you always mention in your little rants? It that the place that borders ja-booty?
    =====================
    "It" that the place...? Feel foolish?

    May 31, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  18. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Hey P.S,
    The Government dosen't owe you a living. It is up to you to fund your vices. The Liberal's outsmarted themselves with Obama Care. Before you put on the Roof you have to build the foundation. Medicare is running out of money and will be exhausted in 2016. Obama Care will kill the Golden Goose long before that. You like Prverty? Welcome to the Club.

    May 31, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  19. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Excuse me Medicare will be exhausted in 2026.

    May 31, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  20. Larry L

    Fair is Fair

    Where exactly is "somila" that you always mention in your little rants? It that the place that borders ja-booty?
    ===========
    You attacked the spelling but as usual, failed to respect the logic of the question. Where is this mythical place where all conservative ideologies are applied? A place with no gun control, no income taxes, small government, no Civil Rights Act, no abortions, a free market, no federal healthcare system, no environmental regulations, and a Christian theocracy? It must be a wonderful place – serving as a model for quality of life and freedom. Surely such a logical system would have at least one representative nation on Earth. Where is it?

    May 31, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  21. The Real Tom Paine

    -Ray E. (Georgia)

    Hey P.S,
    The Government dosen't owe you a living. It is up to you to fund your vices. The Liberal's outsmarted themselves with Obama Care. Before you put on the Roof you have to build the foundation. Medicare is running out of money and will be exhausted in 2016. Obama Care will kill the Golden Goose long before that. You like Prverty? Welcome to the Club.
    *********************
    If I liked poverty and a banana republic-style government, I would move to a Red State. No, you are right, the Government does not owe you a living: it does owe you an equal opportunity, which social welfare programs give people. If the private sector does not want to take advantage of well-educated, well-trained people, they will force all of us to pay the price. Conservatives have been screaming that the sky is falling since Social Security was enacted in the 1930's ( and the first payment was not made until the 40's). Every social welfare program that has ever been enacted has been implemented with imput and approval from the business sector: we pay into it as employees, not out of general tax revenues. It would be very punitive to do it any other way: does anyone on the Right seriously think they could afford health insurance if it was a completely unregulated market? Get real. The insurance industry would eventually be calling for regulation of some kind, since it would be in their self-interest to keep the market from getting too volatile.

    May 31, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  22. California Gary

    The GOP is desperately seeking a viable minority candidate for 2016........the shine has worn off of Rubio......and Ted Cruz has proven to be a total whacko. Could this lady be the one? Time will tell.......but I think if Hillary runs, whoever the GOP trots out there will look very small by comparison.

    May 31, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  23. rs

    Ray E. (Georgia)

    Excuse me Medicare will be exhausted in 2026.
    ___________________
    Don't worry- you'll get yours. Or will be a good TEA soldier and turn back your hated Social Security and Medicare.... bet not!

    May 31, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  24. rs

    Where exactly is "somila" that you always mention in your little rants? It that the place that borders ja-booty?
    __________________________
    Somalia- is hardly mythical- it lies on the east coat of Africa, and is very emblematic of much of what the GOP/TP advocate: no taxes, no gun laws, no healthcare, low standard of living, high mortality. In short a semi-theocratic hell-hole. Just the sort of thing the GOP seems to want to turn our nation into.

    May 31, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |