UPDATED: Gov.’s Wine Country Trip Politics, Not Play

SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez traveled to California’s wine country for a political speech last month as the Legislature finished a special session on redistricting.

The governor’s campaign spokesman said Wednesday the Republican National Committee is reimbursing her campaign committee for the travel. Martinez, a state security officer and political adviser Jay McCleskey made the trip to Sonoma, Calif., on Sept. 24.

Campaign spokesman Danny Diaz says the governor gave a speech at an RNC dinner and left the next morning for political meetings in the San Diego area before a conference of Mexican and U.S. border state governors. The conference was Sept. 28-29 in the Mexican port city of Ensenada, which is about 50 miles south of San Diego.

A liberal group, ProgressNow, criticized the travel as a “$4,800 wine country vacation paid for with campaign contributions” and described Martinez as “Sonoma Susana.”

Diaz says this week’s campaign finance disclosure doesn’t reflect final costs because the reporting period ended before reimbursements and credits from last-minute travel changes.

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Oct. 12, 2011 4:42 p.m.

By The Associated Press

SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez traveled to California’s wine country for a political speech last month as the Legislature finished a special session on redistricting.

The governor’s campaign spokesman said Wednesday the Republican National Committee is reimbursing her campaign committee for the travel.

Martinez, a state security officer and political adviser Jay McCleskey made the trip to Sonoma, Calif., on Sept. 24.

Campaign spokesman Danny Diaz said the governor gave a speech at an RNC dinner and returned to New Mexico the next day.

A liberal group, ProgressNow, criticized the travel as a “$4,800 wine country vacation paid for with campaign contributions” and described Martinez as “Sonoma Susana.”

Diaz said this week’s campaign finance disclosure doesn’t reflect final costs because the reporting period ended before reimbursements and credits from last-minute travel changes.

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