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Politics Notebook: Clinton in ABQ for fundraiser in June

New Mexicans who want to have breakfast with Hillary Clinton will get their chance next month – as long as they have $2,700 to spare.

The Democratic presidential front-runner is headed to New Mexico for a June 3 fundraiser at the Albuquerque home of Edward Romero, a former U.S. ambassador to Spain.

Martin Chavez, a former Albuquerque mayor and a member of the national “Ready for Hillary” committee, tweeted the news of Clinton’s impending visit Monday night.

According to the fundraiser invitation, a $2,700 donation will get Clinton supporters breakfast and a chance to hear her speak. Those who raise 10 times that amount for Clinton’s campaign, or $27,000, can attend a separate host reception with the candidate and gain membership to the “Hillstarters” program.

“I’ve had the opportunity to attend two events with her in the past three weeks and I’ve never seen or heard her better,” Chavez said in an email to the Journal.

Both Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, have fared well in New Mexico in past elections.

Bill Clinton carried New Mexico in the 1992 and 1996 general elections, and Hillary Clinton edged out Barack Obama in the state’s 2008 Democratic presidential caucus. Clinton took 48.8 percent of the caucus vote to Obama’s 48 percent in that contest.

For more information about the Clinton fundraiser, contact Dan Sorenson at dsorenson@hillaryclinton.com or 303-578-6081.

— Michael Coleman, mcoleman@abqjournal.com

TEXAS TRIP: Gov. Susana Martinez is on the road again.

The second-term governor traveled to Dallas on Monday to take part in Republican Governors Association meetings, according to her office.

She was elected last fall as the RGA’s vice chairwoman. As such, she’s expected to play a role in the group’s fundraising efforts for the 2016 election cycle.

Martinez has visited six states this year on political and official trips.

After this week’s two-day summit, Martinez will return to New Mexico today, said the governor’s spokesman, Chris Sanchez. The RGA is covering the governor’s travel costs, he added.

Per the state Constitution, Lt. Gov. John Sanchez serves as the state’s acting governor while Martinez is out of state.

— By Dan Boyd, dboyd@abqjournal.com

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