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Nearing the pits

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By Hal Rhodes

The Wall Street Journal published a survey the other day, which led it to conclude that New Mexico is the second-worst run state in these United States.
It’s probably safe to assume that New Mexico’s Republican governor, Susana Martinez, received the WSJ’s findings with something less than enthusiasm.
After all, Martinez is running for reelection, and, to all appearances, everyone who claims to know everything there is to know about New Mexico politics today insists that she’s a shoo-in for a second term.
Still the steady drumbeat of recent studies and surveys negatively comparing this enchanted land to its 49 counterparts throughout the nation can hardly be a cause for celebration to a governor at the dawn of an election year and with a 30-day legislative session underway.
Face it: If there is a bottom of the barrel among states in this country, New Mexico has just about reached it. Or so the “rankings” would have us believe.
It can’t help either that the mastermind of the governor’s big win four years ago, Martinez’s seemingly infallible political guru Jay McCleskey, shows signs of having become a potential albatross around her neck just as Campaign ’14 is getting underway.


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