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Susana attends Koch Brothers event, meets with Paul Ryan and Eric Cantor

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HUSH-HUSH: New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez spoke at a conservative political seminar, but her advisers didn’t offer many details of the meeting.

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog

Gov. Susana Martinez met with national Republican figures Paul Ryan and Eric Cantor earlier this week at a gathering sponsored by conservative political donors Charles and David Koch.

The twice-annual meeting sponsored by the Koch brothers was held at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort outside Albuquerque.

Politico reported that Rob Tappan, a spokesman for Koch Industries, the chemical, oil and manufacturing conglomerate, confirmed the meeting but didn’t offer specifics.

The resort offered no comments either but reportedly, nearly the entire facility was bought out for the meeting of political donors, policy makers and office-holders that included Ryan and Cantor as headliners.

According to Politico, Martinez spoke at the meeting that wrapped up Tuesday.

“Gov. Martinez attended a private political event at the Tamaya where she gave brief remarks and had casual meetings with several national political leaders, including Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Congressman Paul Ryan,” Martinez political advisor Jay McCleskey said in a statement to the Albuquerque Journal.

The first Hispanic female governor in U.S. history, Martinez has received a higher national profile in recent months as the Republican National Committee tries to improve its polling numbers with Latinos. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus told the state GOP earlier this year, “What we need to do is build a national party like the way you’re doing in New Mexico … You’re doing things right.”

In June, Martinez held a fundraiser in Washington, D.C., that reportedly raised $220,000 for her 2014 re-election campaign.

There are rumors of the governor being considered as a candidate for national office — perhaps as a potential vice-presidential candidate in the 2016 presidential election — but Martinez has long maintained she’s not interested.

Politico cited a source at the event who said the meetings “featured some discussion of the unfolding GOP Senate primary challenges to Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming, but no consensus opinion emerged.”

The camera-shy Koch brothers have donated millions to political action committees in recent years, and the New Mexico event was kept on the down-low. A local TV photographer said he was turned away Monday at a checkpoint about a mile from the resort.

On Monday, it was reported that investor Jonathan Soros, son of billionaire investor and Democratic mega-donor George Soros, had contributed more than $1 million this year to his own super PAC, Friends of Democracy.

Contact Rob Nikolewski at rob@nmwatchdog.org and follow him on Twitter @robnikolewski


Rob formerly served as staff reporter for Watchdog.org.

  • Randy Truman

    Was the last sentence supposed to make this a “balanced” article? Pretty pathetic!

  • forumsforjustice

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  • Georga Collins

    David Koch is a major contributor to PBS NOVA.

    The Kock brothers get a bad rap from leftist media, not so much because they’re rich, but because they’re conservative.