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Gov. to raise funds in Nevada, California

Gov. Susana Martinez headed to Las Vegas, Nev., on Friday, her first stop on a busy out-of-state fundraising weekend.

Martinez began the trip by attending a Republican Governors Association fundraiser Friday in Las Vegas with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, the group’s chairman.

The first-term Republican governor will remain in Las Vegas today to speak at a luncheon for the Republican Jewish Coalition’s National Women’s Committee, her political consultant Jay McCleskey told the Journal.

The governor will then travel to Palm Desert, Calif., on Sunday for additional fundraising receptions and meetings, McCleskey said. Her husband, Chuck Franco, will join her on the trip.


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Martinez also traveled to Colorado last week for a political event and is scheduled to hold a high-dollar fundraiser at a Taos resort next week.

Travel costs for Martinez’s trips to Nevada and California will be paid by the governor’s campaign committee and the Republican Governors Association, McCleskey said. The governor reported having $1.5 million on hand for her 2014 re-election bid as of earlier this month.

Martinez is scheduled to return to New Mexico on Monday.
– Dan Boyd;

Governor’s Race: Add another state legislator to the list of Democrats considering a run for governor in 2014.

Sen. Howie Morales, D-Silver City, said he’s considering tossing his hat into the ring.

“It is something I am looking at. It’s a possibility,” Morales told Texas-New Mexico Newspapers on Friday. Morales, a former Grant County clerk, did not return Journal calls requesting comment.

Sen. Linda Lopez, of Albuquerque, this week announced plans to challenge Attorney General Gary King for the Democratic nomination to face Republican Gov. Susana Martinez for the state’s top seat next fall.

Sen. Tim Keller and Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas, both of Albuquerque, also have said they’re considering entering the gubernatorial race.
– James Monteleone; jmonteleone@abqjournal.comGov. to raise funds in Nevada, Californiafrom PAGE C1

— This article appeared on page C01 of the Albuquerque Journal