ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Will she or won’t she? It’s no secret Governor Susana Martinez could help sway some voters, but on Monday the governor finally answered whether she’ll be by Donald Trump’s side at this “Make America Great Again” rally in Albuquerque.
“No, I will not,” Martinez told reporters Monday afternoon in Albuquerque.
When asked a follow-up question, she explained. “You know, I’m really busy, and I’m the governor of New Mexico, and I’m really focused on what’s going on here in New Mexico,” she said.
Martinez hit the campaign trail for Marco Rubio in March and took a shot at Trump. She also criticized some of his comments on Mexican immigrants.
“You know Donald Trump has really put her in a rough spot where she for him is incredibly valuable,” said Gabe Sanchez, University of New Mexico Political Science Professor.
“I think many of us will speculate that if she isn’t standing beside him at any point, and they don’t have any photo opportunities or any on-camera opportunities that she’s sending the signal that it’s going to take a lot more from him to be able to move her to his side,” he added.
A Fox News Latino poll released Friday shows if the election were held today, Hillary Clinton would win the Hispanic vote by a 39-point margin. Pundits say Martinez, the nation’s first Hispanic female governor, could help the GOP ticket as VP.
“Governor Martinez in New Mexico was a very effective creative person,” said Newt Gingrich, former House Speaker on “Fox and Friends” earlier this month.
Bill O’Reilly also mentioned Martinez on “The O’Reilly Factor” in April.
“There’s only one choice if Donald Trump wants to win the White House. Only one person,” the Fox News Channel anchor said. “Governor Susana Martinez of New Mexico.”
Martinez said Trump has not reached out to her about attending Tuesday night’s rally at the Albuquerque Convention Center.