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Politicians eye higher office

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New Mexico’s top official always want to move up

By Jay Miller

For more than eight years, the executive has been running for something else.
Those were the approximate words of Republican state Senator Clint Harden as he fretted over the entry of Lt. Gov. John Sanchez into the GOP race for the U.S. Senate.
Harden thinks Sanchez should resign because of his important role in the redistricting process. The lieutenant governor presides over the senate and breaks tie votes.
Harden says Sanchez will be distracted from his duties. If Sanchez were to resign, the state would be without a lieutenant governor. The duty of presiding over the senate would be assumed by the president pro tempore, who is Sen. Tim Jennings, a Democrat.
Jennings was elected to his position by a coalition of Republicans and a few Democrats. But since the election of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, Jennings is seen by some as moving closer to the Democratic caucus positions.
But Harden is right on one count. Our last two governors and lieutenant governors have spent a considerable amount of time running for something else.
Gov. Martinez, as the first Hispanic woman in the nation to be elected governor, is automatically a rising star in the Republican Party. And she isn’t shying away from opportunities to appear at GOP functions in other states.


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