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Martinez Wastes No Time Preparing for Next Run

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The ink is barely dry on 2012 election results, but Gov. Susana Martinez says the fight is already on for 2014.

In a fundraising letter dated Nov. 28, the Republican governor warns that “leftwing special interests and the anti-reform forces of government” are celebrating, emboldened, and looking to 2014 “to build on their gains and seize more power.”

“Some say I could even be their top target,” writes Martinez, who plans to run for a second term in 2014.

The governor says polls indicate the public supports her reform agenda, “and that scares the left.”

“And because of it, we can expect the out-of-state liberal groups to spend a record amount of money in their attempt to destroy and defeat me. … They will attack early and often,” the letter says.

She urges supporters to help her fight back by contributing $5,000, $3,750, $2,500 or whatever they can.

The governor’s election committee reported $1.2 million on hand as of October.

Nod from Peru: Former Gov. Bill Richardson was honored this week by the government of Peru.

Peru’s ambassador to the United States, Harold Forsyth, traveled to Santa Fe for a ceremony in a private home at which Richardson was presented with the Order of Merit for Distinguished Services.

The decoration, described as the country’s highest, was established in 1950 to be awarded to Peruvians and foreign nationals for their contributions in a variety of fields.

Forsyth said Peru “has been honored with Bill’s presence and his firm support for our democracy on many occasions.”

He stressed Richardson’s role as a special member of the electoral observation mission of the Organization of American States in the Peruvian elections of 2011.

The Democratic ex-governor, who served from 2003-10, is also a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, U.S. energy secretary and congressman from northern New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District.
— This article appeared on page A4 of the Albuquerque Journal

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