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The last time I saw former Secretary of State Rebecca Vigil-Giron, now Rebecca Giron, it was in a hotel ladies room during some event. She was running for Congress, and greeted everyone, including me, with a hug.
Warm and charming, the 11th generation New Mexican was always in campaign mode. Giron had worked her way up the political ladder, served three terms as Secretary of State, and gained some national prominence as a Hispanic female elected official.
At the time, you couldn’t turn on your TV without seeing a commercial of Giron explaining voting procedures, endlessly and repetitively. It seemed like a dubious use of taxpayer dollars and an obvious tool in her political campaign. Republicans complained that the ads were simply a way for Giron to enhance her name recognition.
She lost the campaign to Steve Schiff, but found a post in Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration. The commercials might have faded away except that her successor, Secretary of State Mary Herrera, found gaps in the records and asked federal auditors to take a look.
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