Susana Martinez responds to “una Tejana” ad: “It’s inappropriate … They’re talking about me as a person instead of where I stand”
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Earlier this week, the campaign for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Diane Denish ran this ad from Democratic Lt. Governor candidate Brian Colón calling Republican gubernatorial candidate Susana Martinez “una Tejana.”
It’s a reference to Martinez being born in El Paso and in the ad, Colón also says that Martinez is “bought and paid for by a Texas billionaire” and that Denish is “from New Mexico and of New Mexico.”
Today (Oct. 9), Martinez talked to Capitol Report New Mexico about the ad while making a campaign appearance in Santa Fe:
Here’s the ad:
In the Albquerque Journal, University of New Mexico political science professor Christine Sierra said,
“They’re trying to portray (Martinez) as a Tejana, which means ‘outsider’ to New Mexicans.” The implication is that “she carries with her a different political culture, and … that she would not have New Mexico’s interest at heart.”
The Denish campaign says Martinez “is on the side of powerful, out-of-state corporations who will take advantage of New Mexico families and pollute our land and water.” Martinez has received $450,000 in campaign donations from a Houston land developer and his wife.
Martinez has lived in New Mexico since 1986.
Colón himself was born in New York before moving to New Mexico as an infant.
The man Martinez or Denish will succeed — Bill Richardson — was born in California raised on the East Coast before starting his political career in New Mexico.