Martinez taps Johnsonians

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The ins and outs of the outs and ins

By Hal Rhodes

New Mexico is about to get a new governor, but if the people assisting her are any indication, the emerging Republican administration of Susanna Martinez just might bear a noticeable resemblance to the administration of the state’s out-going GOP governor eight years ago, Gary Johnson.
If there was anything consistent about Martinez’s campaign this year, it was her call for voters to kick the “Ins” out.
And a majority of voters did. Yet what Martinez has managed to accomplish during her transition is an incoming administration in which an earlier cadre of “outs” are decidedly back in.
It started with her first post-election announcement that Heather Wilson would head up her transition team.
Wilson was elected to Congress from the state’s 1st U.S. House District and subsequently sought (to no avail) the 2008 GOP U.S. Senate nomination. But her political career in New Mexico began when Gary Johnson made her a cabinet secretary in his administration.          Another former Johnson cabinet secretary Martinez tapped to assist her transition was Darren White, who served on the group charged with finding the next governor someone to head the Public Safety and Homeland Security Department.

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